The Mughal Sarai in Agra

The Mughals ruled over a large part of India. Ruling such a large land mass was never possible without a proper infrastructure specially roads. The roads were used to move large Mughal armies across the nation swiftly lugging the artillery which usually was heavy and was towed by the bullock carts and elephant carts.

Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605-1628) in particular laid lots of emphasis on development of road infrastructure. Bridges on major rivers , Caravan sarai at vantage points where the travelers could rest and special focus was on the security of the travelers from the goons and brigands. The remains of these caravan sarai still dot the Indian nation and during your Agra tour you can ask the tour operator in Agra or the tour guide to include the visit of this tomb in your tour plan.

Today we will take you on a journey to one such caravan sarai which lies just 30 kms from Agra city.

The sarai is on a very important trade route of those times connecting Dakhan (central and south India) to North India. Even today it lies very near to an important national highway number 3 connecting north India with Mumbai and central India.

Sher Shah Suri is basically credited for the development of highways and related infrastructure but Mughals fine tuned the earlier existing highways, Mile stone markers known as Kos Minar were constructed on the highways, Many of them are still visible in north India.

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The Mughal Sarai in Agra
A Mughal era mile stone on an Indian Highway

This caravan sarai popularly called as Jajau ki sarai lies a small distance from the modern highway NH3 just a few meters from the toll plaza of “Saiyan”a small dusty narrow road will lead  you to the Jajau village after crossing the village you will see the lofted gates of the Sarai visible from a long distance.

Mughal Sarai at Agra
The North Gate of the Caravan Sarai
The South Gate of the Caravan Sarai
The Mughal Sarai
The living area inside the Sarai

There are two gates both of them have been crafted from the red sand stone which is a locally available construction material used in prominence in Agra and Delhi mughal monuments. The southern gate has two turrets making it visible from a distance. The semi circular Rajasthani styled chattris make these gates beautiful.

The gates are constructed in typical Indian Islamic style of architecture with chajjas  and multi cusped arches and the architecture has much affinity to the other mughal tombs which you visit with your Taj Mahal Tour. Gates of have of this tomb rooms which probably were used by the sentries on guard. There is a huge space between the two gates which in those days had a serial array of rooms used by the travelling caravans.

The Mosque inside the Sarai.

There is a small but beautiful mosque with three small domes constructed on a lofted platform, the mosque was constructed to facilitate the travelers.

The back side of the mosque .

Though the array of rooms are in dilapidated condition but the carvings visible at some places give you an idea of the regal architecture.

Intricate carved images adorn the walls
Its a living Sarai with people still living inside

Since the sarai offered a very secure environment the locals later used it to make their homes. Many families still reside inside the sarai even today.

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The stepped well near the Sarai.
The stepped well.
The stepped well.

This area in particular is deficient of drinking water though there is a river called Utangan nadi flowing very near but it’s a perennial river making its presence only in the rainy season so to facilitate the drinking water a stepped well was also constructed not very far from the sarai.

The stepped well is also an amazing piece of period architecture with beautiful cusped arches, not much of restoration can be seen at the stepped well though restoration work is in progress at the sarai and its gates. The locals use the stepped well as a storage bin to store fodder.

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