Delhi: Isa Khan’s Tomb to be restored

Isa Khan Niyazi was a noble in the courts of Sher Shah Suri and his son Islam Shah. His tomb built in 1546-47AD predates Humayun’s Tomb by over two decades.

This splendid tomb was a culmination of the octagonal tomb style of the earlier Sayyid & Lodi dynasties. Isa Khan’s Tomb stands on the entrance to the Humayun’s Tomb, yet most of the millions of visitors to the world heritage site skip it.

The project began on January this year as part of the The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) teamed up to implement it. The World Monuments Fund is also chipping in with funds. In about six months from now, the tomb will don a new look with new pathways, lush green lawns and original ornamental patterns. Already, several layers of earth in the garden that surrounds the tomb have been removed and interiors scraped clean of dust and soot. (TOI)

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