In pictures: Silent grave

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One of the earliest examples of Persian influence in Indian architecture, Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamuddin pre-dates the Taj Mahal. It houses about 100 graves, including several rulers of the Mughal dynasty like Bahadur Shah Zafar. Little wonder then that it is called the ‘Dormitory of Mughals’. Besides the main enclosure that houses Humayun, there are several smaller monuments dotting the pathway. The Isa Khan Tomb enclosure is in fact 20 years older and bears striking ornamentation. These enclosures may be full of travellers, but there’s a stillness in the air, a silence that makes for excellent company in the capital.

 

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