Emperor Humayun's Garden Tomb

Roof Pavilions

Roof Pavilions

The roof pavilions, or dalans, are the small chambers that fill the top of the pishtaqs and function as pavilions. They can only be accessed from the roof terrace. These pavilions contain staircases for accessing the blue-domed chhatris. The pavilions on the roof terrace were used as part of a madrasa.1 A madrasa is a "school for religious instruction, a college."2

1. L.F. Rushbook Williams, A Handbook for Travellers in India, Pakistan, Burma And Ceylon, 19th ed. (London: John Murray, 1962), 244.

2. Catherine B. Asher, Architecture of Mughal India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), xxvii.


Roof Pavilion
Roof Pavilion
Roof Pavilions
There is a roof pavilion inside the top of all four pishtaqs that can be accessed from the roof.
The large chhatris on top of Humayun's Tomb are functional, shaded platforms that may have been used by a madrasa.

Additional Information

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