In the chaos of Agra and its many bridges, one could easily miss this elegant pavilion on the riverbank. As one drives on, an exquisite white marble construction stands out in contrast to the blushing sandstone of the pavilion. A large gateway looms in the background. You have just caught a glimpse of the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah Photo: Asit Jain This tomb represents a Mughal-period Agra which has since moved away from the river as its main highway, and grown…
Aparna Andhare is a curator at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur. Specialising in art and architecture of early modern India, she has two master's degrees: Art in the Global Middle Ages (MSc, University of Edinburgh, Sep 2017), and Arts and Aesthetics (MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, May 2012). Aparna contributes to various publications, enjoys photography, and works to fund her book-buying and travel addiction.