UNESCO Heritage Site: Humayun's Tomb with Nizamuddin Basti Walking Tour
In the Humayun's Tomb complex, first visit the mosque and tomb of Isa Khan Niyazi, a nobleman in the court of Sher Shah Suri. The mosque is exceptionally lovely, with incised plaster work and glazed tiles in green, yellow, and bright blue. Then head to Arab Sarai, built for 300 Arab servants that Emperor Humayun's widow Hamida Banu Begum brought back to India from Mecca, and look to the left to see the garden and tomb of Bu Halima. Finally, you'll see Humayun’s Tomb itself, commissioned by Hamida Banu Begum some years after the death of the emperor in 1556.
Continue your tour to the settlement now known as Nizamuddin Basti—a village-like tangle of alleys directly surrounding the dargah (shrine)—which has only existed in its present form for about 60 years. Walk along the 'street of flowers' (Phoolon Ki Galli) toward the baoli (stepwell), known as Chashma Dilkusha (‘Heart-uplifting Spring'). You'll see the tomb of revered 13th-century saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya of the Chishti Order, visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. Other figures from history, such as Princess Jahanara, Amir Khusro, and Mirza Jahangir, are also buried in this tomb complex. Chausath Khamba ('64 Pillars') is another tomb, which stands within a raised, walled enclosure, approached through a stone gateway.
Finally, see the tomb of Mirza Ghalib, generally acknowledged to be one of the greatest Persian- and Urdu-language poets, who lived most of his life in Delhi in the 19th century. After completing the tour, you have the opportunity to listen to Sufi devotional music, qawwali, with your guide's assistance, if you wish (Thursday evenings only).
- Bottled water
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- A dress code is required to enter places of worship and select museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Dehli. We were fortunate to have a young woman from India City Walks to lead our tour. She was extremely informative and knowledgeable of the 2 areas we visited. She was extremely prompt, we were slightly late due to traffic and took time at the beginning of the tour to explain how our tour would proceed. She did not rush us through the sites and took pictures for us along the way. Before we traveled to Nizzamuddin, our guide explained to us what to expect and made us feel extremely comfortable in a strange situation. We never felt she was putting us in any danger and assured through the entire tour. I would book this tour again when I visit New Dehli again with India City Walks .