Khusro Bagh



About Khusro Bagh



The garden Khusro Bagh is encircled by high walls protecting Khusro Mirza's tomb near the Allahabad Railway Station?. Even though the tourist flow here is substantially low, it remains a highly recommended destination.

This garden has five tombs of the Mughal era. One of these belongs to Prince Khusro, who died in the year 1622; his tomb is made with simple sandstone and excellent quality of fretwork windows. Among the others are the tombs of Shah Begum, Jahangir's first wife, and Nesa Begum, his sister, who died in the year 1604 and 1624, respectively. The interior of Nasa Begum's tomb is very well-maintained. The mausoleum of Tombolan, which is the fourth tomb here, is situated at the centre of the park.

History and Architecture

The three sandstone tombs constructed within the garden exhibit Mughal architecture of finest quality. The design of Sultan Begum's tomb and the prime entrance is attributed to Jahangir's artist to the principal court, Aqa Reza. Initially, Shah Begum was known as Man Bai, who was Raja Bhagvan Das's daughter in Amber. In 1604, the discord between her son and husband made her commit suicide by consuming opium. Aqa Reza designed her tomb in 1606. Later, the terrace plinth of three storeys was also built, which was compared by experts to the fort of Fatehpur Sikri.

After rebelling against his father Jahangir Shah in 1606, Khusro was jailed within the park premises. His tomb is the third tomb present in Khusro Bagh. When he tried to escape in 1622, Jahangir's son Khurram and Khusro's brother had ordered to have him blinded. Later, Khurram was known as Emperor Shah Jahan. The tomb of his sister Nithar Begum is situated between his and his mother's tomb, although it is empty.

Architecturally, the tomb of Nithar Begum is more elaborate compared with the other two. It is located higher than the others, and has rounded scalloped motif on its panels. The ceilings of the rooms are painted with celestial objects like the stars. The walls of the rooms were adorned with floral forms. During the 1857 revolt, Khusro Bagh turned into headquarters that would serve Maulvi Liyakat Ali's sepoys. Later, Ali was made liberated Allahabad's governor. However, after a while, the British took over the garden in a matter of two weeks, ending the mutiny there. The nearby area now carries the name of the garden, Khusro Bagh, and has evolved in a bustling township.

Timings

Khusro Bagh is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. One can take a trip of the garden's premises within 45 minutes to an hour.

Location

The garden is located near the Allahabad Railway Station. The park comes on the GT Road.

How to Reach

This place is easily reachable by an auto-rickshaw or taxi. One can also take a cycle rickshaw one is close to the destination.



Last Updated on : 24/10/2013