Not sure I will make a ‘Tomb a day’ quota, but certainly worth a try! There are far more tombs than I have days in Delhi, but lets see…
Yesterday afternoon showers brought a fresh change to the humidity and I set out with my brolly to visit the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, which is now included within the extended Humayun's Tomb World Heritage Site.
It is a most pleasing form, square-sided upon a raised platform. Gorgeous double dome with chattris located at each corner. The grave is located in the central chamber which is not accessible while the conservation work is occurring. It will be a great treat to eventually return to see the final result.
Sahil Ahuja writes of Abdul Rahim Khn-I-Khana in:
“Khanzadah Mirza Khan Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana (1556-1626 AD) is one of the most famous poets of the Indian Subcontinent. He was under the service of the Mughal emperors Akbar (ruled AD 1556-1605) & Jahangir (ruled AD 1605-1628). He was Akbar’s step-son & also among his “Navratnas” (“Nine jewels”), a group of powerful courtiers & prominent military Generals, each highly skilled at some past time such as poetry or singing. Rahim’s couplets are still taught as part of Hindi curriculum throughout India, making him one of the most widely read composers in the country.”
Perhaps such a criteria in the job specifications of contemporary generals might make for a saner world!
The main body of the tomb is closed for restoration so my exploration was confined to the lower level alcoves that wrap around the ground floor. These are intimate spaces, a few metres square. Many have carved decoration in their vaulted ceilings.
It was rather lovely to wander about amidst the leafy green foliage and document the intricate carvings, undisturbed by the guard, groups of workmen and a pack of chilled out dogs.
On my way home I purchased a bunch of tuber roses from the flower seller outside the gate, they are now perfuming my living space.