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Humayun Tomb


Humayun Tomb Afsarwala Tomb or 'Officer's Tomb' is situated on the south-western end of the Humayun Tomb Complex. Afsarwala which means 'Officer' was a nobleman in the Courts of Emperor Akbar. The grave is dressed with marble and probably dated to 1566 AD or 1567 AD.

Afsarwala Tomb

The Asfarwala Tomb stands in the 'Asfarwala Complex’, a large walled enclosure southwest of Humayn's tomb in Delhi. The tomb was built by an officer in Akbar's court in 1566. Tomb is built in a simple, bold style, in red sandstone and white marble. The tomb is square in plan with beveled corners, topped by a dome. The tomb was cross shaped in plan and contains 6 graves. Out of the 6 graves in the tomb-1 is principal the principal grave and 5 others. 1- Is a female grave. Afsarwala Tomb is built with local grey quartzite with main lines of red sandstone and marble inlay. It consists of a single compartment, cruciform in plan internally, which is covered with a double dome. Externally the tomb is octagonal on plan: the sides of the octagon contain deeply recessed arches with square-headed doorways opening into the tomb-chamber in the four cardinal directions. The spandrels of the arches are decorated with round bosses of red sandstone. The outer dome rises from a high octagonal drum and is crowned by an inverted lotus finial-base bearing a red sandstone finial. Both the mosque and the tomb are in honor of an officer, however the identity of the afsar or officer who raised the buildings is not known. The Afsarwala Tomb has a grave with the date 974 marked on it, that corresponds to 1566-67, and according to archaeologists both the tomb and the mosque were built around this time.

Visitor Information

Afsarwala Tomb lies in same Humayun Tomb complex. It is close to Nizamuddin Dargarh on famous Delhi-Mathura road. It is close from Nizamuddin railway station also. Here tourists can visit in all days, in between sunrise and sunset. Here they have to pay entrance fee before entering the complex and if intend to do videography, they have to pay separate fee.

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