One in a series of pictures taken in the gardens housing the tomb of Humayun, in Delhi, India.
Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila, that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.
The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still ongoing. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of his wife, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals, including Emperor Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Rafi Ud-Daulat and Alamgir II. It represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture. It is seen as a clear departure from the fairly modest mausoleum of his father, the first Mughal Emperor, Babur, called Bagh-e Babur (Gardens of Babur) in Kabul (Afghanistan). Though the latter was the first Emperor to start the tradition of being buried in a paradise garden. Modelled on Gur-e Amir, the tomb of his ancestor and Asia's conqueror Timur in Samarkand, it created a precedent for future Mughal architecture of royal mausolea, which reached its zenith with the Taj Mahal, at Agra.
The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, who was much revered by the rulers of Delhi, and whose residence, Chilla Nizamuddin Auliya lies just north-east of the tomb. In later Mughal history, the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge here, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, along with three princes, and was captured by Captain Hodson before being exiled to Rangoon.
The above was taken from an extensive article about the tomb complex found on Wikipedia, the full text of which can be accessed by clicking here .
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lousat (71211) 2012-01-20 0:44
Une prise de vue vraiment magnifique,la parfaite carte souvenir avec les meilleurs details et couleurs,tres interessante aussi,je la connassais pas.Mes compliments et belle journee,Luciano
mesutilgim (79156) 2012-01-20 0:46
Good morning Stephen, my neighbour again !!
Nice frontal capture of thie beautiful monument, belonging to the world cultural heritage.
Good pov and nice sidelight.
Many interesting notes as well.
TFS and have a nice day
PS. A small correction on title is necessary. It should be Humayun's.. (and not Hamayun's..)
macjake (51246) 2012-01-20 0:47
In this scene, i like how the color of the structure is almost the same rusted color on the ground.
lovely lighting and sharpness here.
well done, and with a great subject
Royaldevon (25826) 2012-01-20 0:47
Good Morning Stephen,
The light is beautiful and you have captured this very attractive scene with amazing clarity.
Your pov allows us to share the spectacle with the visitors, creating a sense of perspective and scale.
Have a good day,
dkmurphys (45747) 2012-01-20 1:13
Very good quality on this capture. I also like the warm colors and the perfect lines. Well seen, enjoy the weekend.
Nicou (114952) 2012-01-20 1:51
merveilleuse iamge et compo sueprbe vue dans un ciel limpide, unc adrage parfait une belle profondeur, mangigique.
bravo et amitié
dale54 (6239) 2012-01-20 2:02
stephen hi,very pleasant shot,beautifull day.great scene too,well done here, tfs! dr
vishaal (1024) 2012-01-20 2:09
A perfect shot ! Vey well balanced. Great light with excellent sharpness. Tourists' presence is making it more live. Great work.
besnard (51724) 2012-01-20 2:13
Une bonne prise de ce superbe bâtiment avec une bonne luminosité et des couleurs intéressantes
Merci pour ce rappel de bons souvenirs et bonne journée.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-01-20 3:00
Your Delhi pictures are interesting. Nice presentation of this tomb with excellent light management, symmetry , colors and sharpness.The architecture is very beautiful.
timecapturer (44179) 2012-01-20 3:01
love this! Such a perfect composition with gorgeous light, colours and detail. You cannot help but be drawn into the image and admire the wonderful architecture. Exquisite!
Have a splendid weekend - Brian.
Fis2 (81388) 2012-01-20 4:59
A very curious building.
Good frame and colors.
I like it.
Have a nice weekend
francio64 (38264) 2012-01-20 5:12
bellissima l'architettura di questo edificio funerario-
Luce ben gestita e persone a dare vita alla scena.
Silvio1953 (114749) 2012-01-20 7:26
Ciao Stephen, great perspective on fantastic architecture. lovely composition with walking people, beautiful symmetry, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-20 8:02
a splendid photo of this beautiful architecture I like the composition and the attractive lights, superb POV and beautiful details, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-01-20 8:44
L'architecture est fantastique, et très bien décrite par ce cadrage. La lumière, les couleurs, la netteté, la profondeur sont excellentes. Les gens animent agréablement l'allée et donnent l'échelle. Bravo.
diomed (13926) 2012-01-20 9:44
magnificent view this indian architecture captured with so lovely light. I like the warm tones, the dynamic scenery. Excellent POV and the sharpness.
siudzi (31581) 2012-01-20 13:25
Wow! What a wonderful study of architecture! Perfectly seen and presented building with superb details, tones, sharpness. Very well done. Bravo!!
Graal (94942) 2012-01-20 23:35
attractive place and presentation here. Beautiful architecture and garden. Good composition. An interesting note. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
ikeharel (51255) 2012-01-21 1:13
Good morning Stephen,
The place is overwhelming in beauty of it's archi., and the orange color of soil dominating the scene.
The people walk toward the amazing sight gave scale and dynamic motion on.
Enjoy a nice weekend.
pierrefonds (54476) 2012-01-21 5:30
The alley is sending my eye toward the tomb which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the architecture of the Humayun's Tomb. The quality of the light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Cricri (100063) 2012-01-21 9:52
Un cadrage centré qui fonctionne bien ici, l'architecture est magnifique tant dans la lumière et les couleurs, bonne présence des personnes qui donne de l'animation
delpeoples (52125) 2012-01-21 23:48
Hi dear Stephen
We have a member here called Humayun, now I wonder if he's named after this emperor? What an impressive photo, as indeed is the tomb. The image is in perfect balance, straight, with the diagonal lines coming straight out of the corners, sucking the eye into the centrepiece. Love the colour and the repeating arches and their light play are wonderful additions to an already fascinating photo.
Thanks for sharing, belle journee
emka (71960) 2012-01-22 0:00
Hi Stephen, You have a beautiful archive. Excellent quality in spite of the old age of the picture. Nice view of the Humayun tomb, one can see some elements used later in Taj Mahal. superb symmetrical shot, the people tourists and locals, enliven the scene. excellent shot .
kordinator (14829) 2012-01-22 2:13
Lovely frontal capture of this beautiful monument.
Fantastic soft colors and excellent sharpness.
Rich and interesting note,you written.
bayno (18342) 2012-01-26 6:02
beautiful image, i like your POV and the good light, very nice framing and excellent sharp, the colors is realy how is, the tomb monument is fantastic, great job,
greeting from Jaipur,
serp2000 (37324) 2014-02-15 5:36
I like the Trekearth conception : Learning about the world through photgraphy.
Very interesting presentation of the Indian tomb, excellent illustration, perfect quality! The colors, the composition are great! Thanks!
Have a nice weekend!