Mumtaz Mahal

Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

South of the Rang Mahal in the Red Fort is this pavilion, thought to have been built for Arjumand Banu Begum (also known as Mumtaz Mahal) – the Taj Mahal is her mausoleum. Before renovations began it housed the Museum of Archaeology, with imperial objects from those of Akbar to the rose-water sprinklers and calligraphy of the last emperor, Bahadur Shah, but it was closed to visitors at the time of research and its future is uncertain.

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