The grave platform is the central point of interest in the northwestern quadrant of Humayun's Garden Tomb. Fewer than ten cenotaphs are presented on a large masonry platform that contains a crypt under a canopy of trees. As a result of careful landscape planning, the platform appears to sit on top of a square pool where four water channels meet. The fourth water channel is implied, since a water channel begins at the other side of the grave platform, and the rectangular pool is placed perfectly in the position that it would be in if there were another half of the pool underneath the platform. "The delight in allusion and illusion was a pronounced feature of Mughal architecture..."1 Although Ruggles was discussing a different garden when she wrote this, it is fitting to this feature of Humayun's Garden Tomb.
The Grave Platform is one of a few places at Humayun's Tomb where the graves of other important Mughals can be found.
1. Ruggles, D. Fairchild. Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.), 110.
Ruggles, D. Fairchild. Islamic Gardens and Landscapes. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. 103-116.
Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Revitalization of the Gardens of Emperor Humayun's Tomb. Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Urban Renewal Initiative, 2003.