The initiative is a project of the Aga Khan Development Network

A Contemporary Building Inspired from Mughal Architecture

The Humayun’s Tomb Site Interpretation Centre will focus on bringing alive the seven centuries of pluralistic cultural traditions, art and architectural history of the Nizamuddin area in a meaningful, elegant and entertaining manner, appealing to a cross section of visitors, from school children to international tourists. Enhance visitor experience and understanding of the Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site and be a centre for learning for the 300,000 annual school children visits.
In response to a dramatic increase in visitors to Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture is constructing a state-of-the-art site interpretation centre in partnership with ASI at the entrance to the Tomb. The Centre’s aims include a better understanding of Mughal architecture, its associated building craft traditions, and the development of the Nizamuddin area’s pluralist cultural traditions, which defined Hindustani culture for at least five centuries.

Why is Humayun’s Tomb Site Interpretation Centre Important?
About Humayun's Tomb Interpretation Centre A facility of the Archaeological Survey of India Funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

The Humayun’s Tomb –Sunder Nursery –Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti zone is a unique blend of the tangible and intangible heritage that has evolved over seven centuries in the heart of the nation’s capital. A state-of-the-art site interpretation centre being built at the entrance of the World Heritage Site, which will enhance visitor experience; allow a better understanding of Mughal architecture and building craft traditions; shed light on the development of the Nizamuddin area over a millennium; and, most significantly, explain the pluralist Sufi cultural traditions that defined Hindustani culture for at least five centuries in a contemporary experience worthy of a 21st century addition to this extraordinary World Heritage Site. Humayun’s Tomb entrance zone was considered most appropriate as this would enable the Centre to serve as a bridge between the (presently) segregated sites of Humayun’s Tomb, Sundar Nursery and the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Ground-penetrating radar surveys confirmed the results of the archival research that showed that no archaeological remains existed on the site. The Centre is will serve as the first point of visit for tourists interested in visiting Mughal India’s prominent monuments, including the Taj Mahal, which was built after – and inspired by – Humayun’s Tomb.

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Our Partners
  • Archaeological Survey of India
  • Aga Khan Trust for Culture
  • Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India
  • Havells

The need for a Site Interpretation Centre was first expressed in 2010 by the Archaeological Survey of India. Planning studies commenced to determine the most appropriate site to serve visitor needs as well as enhance interest in the Nizamuddin area – without disfiguring the historic character of the area or damaging any underlying archaeology and mature trees. Following planning permissions received from the Land & Development Officer of the Government of India’s Ministry of Urban Development, National Monument Authority, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Government’s Chief Fire Officer, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Urban Art Commission, amongst others, construction commenced in April 2015 and is expected to take 30 months.

Our Team

The project is being undertaken by a multidisciplinary team comprising of a wide range of expertise, including architects; civil, structural, hydraulic and electrical engineers; historians; conservation and landscape architects; educators; monitoring and evaluation experts; horticulturists and ecologists; designers; project managers, administrators and finance specialists. The team is guided by specialised consultants who have been trained to take up significant responsibilities.

List of Consultants:

  • Architect: Vir Mueller Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Shaheer Associates
  • Structural Consultant: Himanshu Parikh Consulting Engineers
  • HVAC and Firefighting Consultants: Jhaveri Associates
  • Contract: Globe Civil Projects Pvt. Ltd.
  • Project Management: Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)
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