Humayun’s Tomb was built by Humayun’s senior wife Hamida Begum in memory of her husband. This fabulous tomb is situated south of Purana Qila. It is set in the center of garden, similar to the Charbagh pattern. This tomb is the model on which the famous Taj Mahal in Agra was built. It is bold and unpretentious, smartly dressed in greys, reds, and whites. The tomb firmly established the Indo-Islamic tradition of architecture emerging at that point of time. The building evokes many memories of Humayun and all the others buried in the premises.
Humayun’s Tomb is the best example in Delhi of the early Mughal style of tomb. It has an octagonal plan, lofty arches, pillared kiosks and the double dome of central Asian origin. This 38 m high dome does not have the swell of the Taj Mahal and the decoration of the whole edifice is much simpler. The interior is austere and consists of three storeys of arches rising up to the dome.