AFCP Projects in Northern India

Kos Minar and Rest House

This rest-house known as Dakhani Sarai at Mahlian Kalan, Jalandhar, Punjab is one of the best-preserved Mughal rest houses along the highway from Agra to Lahore.

AFCP partner: American Institute of India Studies

Mughal Bridge

This Mughal Bridge at Sirhind, Jalandhar, Punjab was constructed between 1628-1658 CE on the then River Hansla on the Agra – Lahore Road.

AFCP partner: American Institute of India Studies

Nur Mahal

This rest house (Sarai) was patronised by Empress Nur Jahan, the wife of the fourth Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1605-1627) in 1620 CE. Even today called “Nur Mahal” (Nur’s Palace) this rest house located in Jalandhar district of Punjab stands out for its remarkable depiction of Hindu and Islamic motifs within an Islamic architecture.

AFCP partner: American Institute of India Studies

Sheesh Mahal

The Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) is a structure built in the Aam Khas garden complex in 1634-35 CE at Sirhind, now located in Jalandhar district of Punjab. This garden was developed as a highway-inn by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658), known as the builder of the Taj Mahal.

AFCP partner: American Institute of India Studies

Documentation of Endangered Music Traditions in India

Documentation of endangered music traditions of the Langa and Manganiar communities of western Rajasthan.

AFCP partner: American Institute of India Studies 

Training Workshop at the Arna Jharna Desert Museum

Recording of the narrative and singing ballads of the Langa community at an U.S. State Department supported training workshop at the Arna Jharna Desert Museum in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2020.

AFCP partner: American Institute of Indian Studies 

Arab Sarai Gateway

Missing incised plasterwork carefully restored at the Arab Serai Gateway Complex, a UNESCO World heritage site.

AFCP partner: Aga Khan Foundation  

Bara Batashewala Mughal Tomb Complex

Ornamentation within the mausoleum of Mirza Muzaffar Hussain, where missing ceiling ornamentation was carefully restored using traditional craftsmanship.

AFCP partner: Aga Khan Foundation  

 

Sunderwala Burj

Sunder Burj conservation revealed the splendour of a unique ornamental ceiling that was carefully restored by master craftsmen.

AFCP partner: Aga Khan Foundation    

Bismillah Khan Hall

Bismillah Khan Hall, after conservation supported by the American Express.

AFCP Partner – INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage)