Khusro Bagh is an enchanting garden located in Pragyaraj (Allahabad) that will leave you mesmerized!
This garden is a true masterpiece that showcases the Mughal’s refined taste for aesthetics. And who knew that building tombs could be such a fancy affair!
Khusro Bagh houses the tombs of Khusro Mirza, Shah Begum, and Princess Sultan Nithar Begum, all buried during the 17th century.
The garden’s serene atmosphere and stillness are a treasure, and the intricate gates and balconies add to the grandeur of this historical site. And did you know, that the artist behind most of the design of this place was none other than Aqa Reza, an artist from Jehangir’s court?
Now, if you’re wondering how to get there, fret not! You can reach Khusro Bagh through roadways, airways, and trains. It’s only 3.3 km away from the Allahabad city center, which means a quick 12 to 15-minute drive will get you there. Plus, it’s just 10 to 12 km away from Prayagraj Airport, a quick 30-minute drive.
But if you’re feeling adventurous, why not walk there from the Allahabad Railway Station? It’s just a 10-minute walk away! And if you’re feeling lazy, an 11-minute taxi or self-drive from the Allahabad bus depot on Sardar Patel Road will do the trick.
Now, let’s talk about the tombs! The main tomb is that of Shah Begum, and it’s the most prominent structure in the tomb complex. And surprise, surprise! The top part is a false cenotaph. It’s a common practice in Islamic architecture to add false cenotaphs for aesthetic purposes. You’ll also get to admire some fantastic inscriptions on the cenotaph, thanks to the court calligrapher of Jahangir, Mir Abdullah Mushkin Qalam.
Next up, we have the mausoleum of Shah Begum’s daughter, Nithar Begum, which is undoubtedly the best in terms of architectural beauty. And if you thought the red sandstone was impressive, wait till you see the frescoes from the Mughal period on the upper level. And finally, we have Khusro Mirza’s tomb, which is much simpler than the other two but still adorned with lovely inscriptions and frescoes. And rumor has it that the grave next to Khusro’s tomb is that of his mare. Talk about a horse of a different color!
Oh, and here’s an interesting fact to wrap up your visit to Khusro Bagh – during the Indian Revolt of 1857, it served as the headquarters of the revolting sepoys under Maulvi Liaquat Ali. Bet you didn’t know that!
So, fellow travelers, get ready to be transported to a world of exquisite beauty and history as you visit Khusro Bagh. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to make your friends back home green with envy!