Humayun’s Tomb, which became a prototype for the Taj Mahal, is one of the most imposing and intriguing monuments of Delhi. The emperor for whom it was built is perhaps the only monarch in history to have died a tragic death by having fallen off the stairs of a library. The monument seems to be a place for both the learned and the unfortunate. Three generations from Humayun, another bibliophile, Dara Shikoh, was killed by his younger brother, Aurangzeb – his head allegedly severed – and buried in the Humayun’s Tomb complex. After the failure of the revolt of 1857, it was the turn of the poet-king, Bahadur Shah Zafar to meet his nemesis at the same place. Join us as we discuss these riveting narratives and more in a walk around Humayun’s Tomb.
This guided tour is free.