Sunday, April 17, 2016

Feb 2014: Visiting the old capital of Bhopal State called as IslamNagar where we find the most beautiful Mughal Garden

So we went out for a day out when I visited Bhopal for Baba's birthday. First stop Islamnagar. I quote from the Wiki page

Originally known as Jagadishpur, the place was founded by the local Rajput chieftains.[3] In the early 18th century, the place was captured and renamed to Islamnagar ("city of Islam") by Dost Mohammad Khan, the founder of the Bhopal princely state. Islamnagar was the original capital of the Dost Mohammad Khan's state.In 1723, Dost Mohammad Khan had to surrender the Islamnagar fort to Nizam-ul-Mulk after a brief siege.[4] Khan was reduced to the position of a kiledar (fort commander) under the Nizam after a peace treaty. The Scindias controlled the Islamnagar fort from 1806 to 1817, when it was restored to Bhopal following a treaty.[5]Several members of the royal family of Bhopal, including Shah Jahan Begum, were born in Islamnagar.
But what I found seriously interesting was the Mughal garden in very very fine nick. You dont imagine having a Mughal garden laid out just a few minutes out of Bhopal, do you? But there is no information on who actually designed the gardens. You can see the fascinating combination of Rajput and Mughal architectural elements. It is an amazing place, you walk around and you see the zenana, where the women lived. You can see the bathroom with the mirrors at knee/hip length as they would be checking themselves while sitting. You can see the bathrooms with the mechanism to heat water. You can see the river flowing next to the fort. You can see giant iron boxes outside which presumably were used to store treasure. 
What an amazing place, I am really happy to have visited it. 

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