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Timings : 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Entry Fee : Indians - INR 30, Foreigners - INR 500. Video filming - INR 25, Photography - Free

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Isa Khan's Tomb, Delhi Overview

Located adjacent to Humayun’s Tomb in the same complex in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, Isa Khan Tomb is the final resting place of Isa Khan- a courtesan for Sher Shah Suri and his son Islam Shah Suri. Built during the lifetime of the namesake Pashtun noble, the construction of the monument resembles the architectural patterns in the building of the Sur reign. Also, the construction of Isa Khan’s Tomb presides the Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb boasts of lattice screens, glazed tiles and deep verandah. The octagonal tomb has spectacular architecture finesse which is apparent in the distinctive ornamentation of the monument in the form of glazed canopied and elaborate carvings.

Standing south to the Bu Halima garden, the main tombstone is made out of red sandstone and is marked with the inscription addressed to Isa Khan and the date of the construction during the reign of Sher Shah Suri. Lately, the restoration of this striking monument led to the discovery of sunken gardens, which is still considered the earliest examples of the technique. At the corner of the tomb is situated a tiny mosque with matching architecture and patterns from those of the tomb. The mosque was built at the same time as the tomb and was supposed to be the praying room for Isa Khan. The building is a wonderful piece of architectural finesse and are thronged by thousands of tourists from all across the world.

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Architecture of Isa Khan's Tomb Complex

The tomb was constructed by Isa Khan himself in his lifetime. A few months later he died and was buried in the same tomb. The octagonal tomb is built in an octagonal complex and is surrounded by sunken gardens. These sunken gardens are believed to be the earliest in all of India. The monument boasts of a massive arched gateway and has a mosque built adjacent to it. Circumferenced by a wide verandah, each side of the octagon has triple arch entrance adorned with blue, green and yellow glazed tiles. Each of the eight corners is supported by pillars which rise above to form a minaret. A magnificent dome sits on the roof and is decorated with an inverted lotus filial. In addition to that, eight chhatris occupy the right sides of the octagon.

Seven walls of the tomb have intricate lattice (jaali) work architecture done on them except the eighth western wall which has a mihrab. The walls and the roof have beautiful fresco paintings. The frescos are a beautiful amalgamation of flowers, geometrical patterns and calligraphy. Out of the six graves in the tomb, Isa Khan’s is easy to spot. The mosque in the complex also has a triple-arched gateway with similar glazed tile work in yellow, blue and green; and the same pattern frescos on the walls.

Best Time To Visit Isa Khan's Tomb

Winters, early Spring or Late Autumn, is the ideal time to visit this place due to the infamous Delhi heat. The summers can get scorching and sultry, and your visit can get unbearable and really uncomfortable.

Tips For Visiting Isa Khan's Tomb

1. Make sure you eat before you start your trip as this place does not allow any food items inside.
2. Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated.
3. Wear slippers or comfortable crocs for comfort as the place demands a lot of walking around.

How To Reach Isa Khan's Tomb

Isa’s Tomb is situated in the Humayun’s Tomb complex. The nearest metro station to Humayun’s Tomb complex is Jawaharlal Nehru Metro, situated on the violet line. The mausoleum is very near from the metro; you can either hire a local or a battery run rickshaw to get to your destination.

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