Arab Serai

Arab Serai
Humayun's Tomb - Wall of Arab Serai - View from inside.jpg
Inside the Arab Serai
LocationHumayun's tomb, Delhi
Coordinates28°35′29″N 77°14′54″E / 28°35′29″N 77°14′54″E / 28.59139; 77.24833
Criteria(ii), (iv)
Designated1993 (17th session)
Part ofHumayun's Tomb

Arab Serai is a 16th century caravanserai within the Humayun's tomb complex at Delhi, India. It is said to have been built by Mughal emperor Humayun's widow Haji Begum. In recent times, it has been conserved by Aga Khan Trust for Culture.


According to S.A.A. Naqvi, Mughal emperor Humayun's widow Haji Begum built this serai in c. 1560/61 to shelter three hundred Arab mullahs whom she was taking with her during her hajj to Mecca; however, Y.D. Sharma opines that the word Arab in the title is a misnomer as this building was built for the Persian craftsmen and workers who built the Humayun's Tomb.[1]

In January 2017, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture started a project to conserve the serai. The restoration was completed in November 2018.[2] In March 2019, the trust announced a planned project to conserve the baoli (stepwell) of the serai with the help of funds from the embassy of Germany.[3] This building along with other buildings form the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun's Tomb complex.[4]

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