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Posted on 06, Dec 2020

Architecture

Historic Environs of Aligarh: Asgharabad

Historic Environs of Aligarh: Asgharabad Asgharabad is located at a distance of 22 km from the city of Aligarh. It houses a mansion constructed by the founder of the settlement Asghar Ali Khan. He was the son of noted Indian philanthropist and educationist Raja Mir Syed Muhammad Baquar Ali Khan (1842-1902) C.I.E. who was the Mir of Garhi Kotaha and the Raja of Morni and Pindrawal. He was a close associated of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and contributed significantly in the foundation of the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh, of which he was the vice president of the board of trustees. It was in the first decade of the 20th century that the two sons of Raja Baquar Ali Khan partitioned the Pindrawal estate and the younger one established Asgharabad estate. The surviving structure of the mansion reflects fine architectural enterprise reflecting the aesthetic trends of its time. It boasts of later Mughal finesse combined with the certain European architectural motifs. The inner corridor of the zenana quarter has preserved surface decoration on the ceiling which hints upon the grandeur of the structure in its glory days.

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