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Finally, Humayun can sleep easy. The restoration work on the Mughal emperor’s tomb in Delhi ended in September 2013. On the evening of 18 September, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Ratan Tata and philanthropist Aga Khan are scheduled to visit the 16th century monument to mark the completion of this ambitious undertaking.
“It took us six years and 200,000 man-days of painstaking work by craftsmen,” says Ratish Nanda, project director of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is restoring the much larger Humayun Tomb complex, including the monuments in the neighbouring Sunder Nursery. The trust is also involved in the urban renewal of the historic Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti area.
Taking The Delhi Walla up to the roof of the tomb, not accessible to visitors, Mr Nanda says: “This was the first and so far the only instance that the restoration of a protected monument was undertaken by a non-governmental organization.”