Incredible India Series – Humayun’s Tomb

During my stays in New Delhi, one fine day I thought of going to visit Humayun’s Tomb. Located near the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. Being an Indian I paid Rs.10 but for foreigners they charge Rs.250. Well there is no charge for camera but they don’t allow tripod. I had really hard time with the security guy. Finally they allow me to bring tripod inside after convincing them that I won’t use inside.

Humayun's cenotaph stands alone in the main chamber
Humayun’s cenotaph stands alone in the main chamber

It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.

Char Bagh garden
Char Bagh garden

Incredible India Series – Jal Mahal and Amer Fort, Jaipur

I started my day 2 in Jaipur with Jal Mahal. Thought of getting up early morning and get the some shots of Jal Mahal (Water Palace) during sunrise. But due to overcast weather i turned out that plan. Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city.

Jal Mahal or Water Palace
Jal Mahal or Water Palace

After some good traditional local breakfast I headed to Amer Fort also popularly known as the Amer Palace. Which is located in a small town called Amer. The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan (each with a courtyard) in a well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas or the “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace.

View from Amer Fort
View from Amer Fort

Incredible India Series – Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Palace Of The Winds’, or Hawa Mahal, is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. Located in the heart of Jaipur, this beautiful five-storey palace was constructed in 1799.

Palace Of The Winds
Palace Of The Winds

Hawa Mahal, designed as a beehive castle with small windows, has a height of 50 feet from its base. This structure, erected on a thin shield or podium approximately fifty feet high, has walls less than a foot thick. Constructed of red and pink sandstones by Lal Chand Ustad, Hawa Mahal is famous for its windows or ‘Jharokhas’ which enable free circulation of air within the structure. Its entrance is a door which leads to a spacious courtyard surrounded by two-storey buildings on three sides.

Incredible India Series – Musamman-Burj, Agra Fort

Musamman Burj also known as the Saman Burj or the Shah-burj, is a beautiful octagonal tower standing close to the Shah Jahan’s private hall Diwan-e-Khas in Agra Fort.

Musamman-Burj
Musamman-Burj

The Musamman Burj is made of delicate marble lattices with ornamental niches so that the ladies of the court could gaze out unseen. The decoration of the walls is pietra dura. The chamber has a marble dome on top and is surrounded by a verandah with a beautiful carved fountain in the center. The tower looks out over the River Yamuna and is traditionally considered to have one of the most poignant views of the Taj Mahal.