UNESCO world heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb has been freshly renovated to its formal glory by Aga Khan Trust for Culture in partnership with Archaeological Survey of India. The restoration project began in 2007 and was co-funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.
Humayun’s Tomb was completed in 1570. Over 1000 artisans, including those from Uzbekistan, have worked on the monument for six years to restore its original shape lost due to damage and repairs carried out over the years.
The project created over two lakh man days of employment and gave work to hundreds of master craftsmen.
Humayun’s Tomb showcases Mughal architecture in its formative stage, being, according to Unesco, the first Mughal garden tomb in the subcontinent — a style perfected in the Taj Mahal.
Now, the tomb has been returned to a measure of its former glory, using era-appropriate techniques and guided by contemporary accounts.