In 1598, the wife of Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan, died. He was a linguistic scholar, administrator, military commander and poet at the Mughal courts of Akhbar and Jahangir. To honour his wife, he built a mausoleum. It is now known as Khan-i-Khanan, Rahim’s official title. He finally joined his beloved wife, being interred in the tomb… Continue reading Khan-i-Khanan

Hauz Khas

Siri is not just Apple’s intelligent personal assistant. Siri was the capital city of the Delhi Sultanate at the end of the 13th century. The royal lake (“Hauz Khas” in Farsi) was a reservoir to provide water to the city, constructed by Allah-uddin Khilji. Later Tughlaq rulers built a famous madrasa and mosque on the… Continue reading Hauz Khas


Humayun’s Tomb Fact of the Day: The Persian words for walled garden are “Pairi Daeza” which has been corrupted to the English word “paradise”. Humayun’s mausoleum was the first “garden tomb” in India. The 26 acre site is divided up into four quadrants by paths and narrow canals, representing the four heavenly rivers of paradise.… Continue reading Paradise

Safdarjang’s Tomb

“The last flicker in the dying lamp of Mughal architecture in Delhi.” Anon. This beautiful red sandstone mausoleum stands in the centre of formal gardens (“charbagh”) surrounded by a fortified wall. It is situated just to the south of Lutyens’ New Delhi, a few kilometres to the west of the other great Mughal mausoleum, Humayun’s… Continue reading Safdarjang’s Tomb

Barber’s Tomb

Mirza Nasir ud-din Baig Muhammad Khan Humayun (Humayun, for short) was the second Mughal Emperor who ruled Northern India in the early part of the 16th century. He so trusted his barber that, when he died, a mausoleum was built for him in Dinpanah (“Refuge of the Faithful”), now called Delhi. The layers of marble… Continue reading Barber’s Tomb