The capital of the Mughal empire, Agra was a perfumed garden whose architecture grew over time. The Tomb of I’timad-Ud-Daulah is one of the great architectural masterpieces of the city. Built by the Mughal Empress Nur Jahan for her Persian father I'timad-Ud-Daulah between 1622 and 1628, during the reign of Emperor Jahangir, this structure is an artistic symbol of passionate filial devotion and a statement of her power. The walk will uncover how the position of a mausoleum in Mughal India metamorphosed into its peculiar stylistic character, providing immortality not only to the deceased and to the patron, but to that particular time as well. Join us to explore what makes this medieval wonder stand out as pioneering and far beyond its contemporaries with some fascinating stories. This walk will be an educational experience, introducing visitors to elements of Mughal architecture and planning in an exciting manner.

This guided tour is free.


Walk Leader
Shivani Gupta
Born and brought up in Agra, Shivani has a unique connection with the city and its distinctive style of architecture. She has pursued her Masters in Fine Arts (Art History and Aesthetics) from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, and conducted research on the Tomb of I’timad-Ud-Daulah. Currently, she is working as a research assistant at IIT Kanpur, on the subject of hunting miniatures of various periods in Indian painting, ranging from the Mughal to the British periods. Apart from being an art enthusiast, she also enjoys cricket. She believes that life is an exploration in itself, always demanding investigation and question.

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