The above picture was clicked by me at Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. (11th July 2017)
The Sun has been showing no mercy and monsoons have been playing hide and seek in the capital. The evenings are pleasant but the afternoons are best spent indoors. And worse of all, humidity keeps lurking in the air. And despite all this, we all decided to meet at Humayun’s Tomb in broad daylight. What took us all there? The answer is #HAPPYMOVE by Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL).
This beautiful monument of Nizamuddin East, Delhi, saw Hyundai launch its 3rd phase of ‘Happy Move – Save Our Heritage’ CSR campaign in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India. This is the 19th Happy Move and this phase will cater to 4 heritage sites and 5 schools in the capital.
Hyundai is conducting this awareness drive (July 10-20, 2017) with 125 Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers (100 from S.Korea and 25 from India) at the Heritage sites of Humayun Tomb, Qutb Minar, Purana Qila, and Red Fort. The volunteers are supposed to undertake maintenance activities to preserve the amenities, gardens and will conduct awareness drives to educate the visitors about the value of our heritage.
HUMAYUN’ S TOMB – Precursor to Taj Mahal in Agra
Heritage and history have always been close to my heart ever since I was a student in school and now as a traveller and travel blogger, there is always an urge to unravel the stories that I have ignored for long. Having said this, I must confess too that I do not know about many monuments in Delhi itself. Like others, I have also ignored things in my own backyard and neighbourhood. I have now been aware of many things that have existed around me. And last but not the least, until I became a traveller, I did not know what it was like to experience history by listening to fascinating stories. When I entered Humayun’s tomb almost after a decade, I was taken over by many emotions.
Thank you, Hyundai India for not only educating and sensitising students, volunteers and everyone about India’s rich heritage and taking significant steps in preserving it but also making me realise that I must visit these monuments walks more often. There is lots to be learned about our heritage and we must preserve them well to pass on to our generations that would come.
Save Our Heritage!
The volunteers helped in the maintenance and planted saplings to flag off the initiative.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official on their association with Hyundai said, “India has an extraordinarily rich and diverse cultural heritage in the form of archaeological sites. It is the responsibility of each one of us to preserve this heritage for the next generations to come as they are both symbols of cultural expressions and evolution. Hyundai’s ‘Happy Move’ is a great initiative that is growing stronger every year. We are happy to support this and look forward to more and more people participating in this movement”.
Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Director Sales & Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said, “Hyundai is a responsible and caring organisation. Happy Move- Save our Heritage is a unique initiative in association with Archaeological Survey of India. We are thrilled to mobilise an enthusiastic group of Happy Move volunteers from different backgrounds and cultures to jointly work and make this a mass movement towards a common goal of preserving India’s rich cultural heritage. While also raising the awareness level of school students as well as contributing to the welfare and development of school facilities”
HUMAYUN’s TOMB FROM MY SMARTPHONE PICTURES
I had reached the venue almost 45 minutes before the event commenced and thus had enough time to walk around and soak in the history. This building in sandstone and marble is one of the world heritage sites of India. It was built in the 16th century and the site has been restored in 2013. It was built by Humayun’s wife for him and is another symbol of love.
Did you know that the Humayun’s Tomb is as big as a 16 storey building?
WE MUST KNOW…
- It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
- It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect.
- It was famously known as a garden tomb.
- It is built on the banks of Yamuna river.
- The tomb reaches a height of 47 metres (154 ft) and is 91 metres (299 ft) wide.
- Visitor’s first enter a garden complex, known as Bu Halima’s Garden.
- The four square gardens are called Char Bagh.
- The restoration has infused new life in the building.
I will definitely go back in the winters to spend some more time there.