Landscape Architecture
Babur Gardens
Can you help me?
I am in charge of garden's history lessons in ENFA in Toulouse, France (a national school of agronomic formation). Therefore, Mughal gardens are a topic of specific concern for me. I am writing an article about the links between Oriental and European gardens for a teacher revue, and I would like to show a picture of Babur's gardens in Kabul and will be grateful if you can send me one showing main axis and panorama. Also, I am looking for a map or a plan showing its whole design with dimensions and water system. I will be glad to get them

Best regards
Michele Constans
Babur Gardens
Babur' Garden was recently restored by the Historic Cities Support Programme of the The Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Some images will be sent to you by email.
Shiraz Allibhai
Babur Gardens
Shiraz, Could you please send me (via email) some pics of the restored gardens also? Thanks
Hussein Charania
Babur Gardens
Dear Michele

There are some other pics in
the following URL.....

This is a useful site regarding the Persian Gardens in general
Alireza Farrokhi
Babur Gardens
I hope this link would help you as well:
Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo
Babur Gardens
Koch, Ebba. 1998. Mughal Palace Gardens from Babur to Shah Jahan, 1526-1648. In Muqarnas XIV: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. Gulru Necipoglu ed. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Also take a look at
Zajadacz-Hastenrath, Salome. 1998. A Note on Babur's Lost Funerary Enclosure at Kabul. In Muqarnas XIV: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. Gulru Necipoglu ed. Leiden: E.J. Brill.
Shiraz Allibhai
Babur Gardens
I had done a research on the Mughal gardens in India and during my study I came upon Ram Bagh (Agra) as a garden created by Babur.

I will be only happy if to help you regarding the information on this and other Mughal gardens of India.
Monika Pillai
Babur Gardens
Hi Michele, Just saw your request on archnet...Hope the pictures I sent you earlier suffice.. as you are aware, The Aga Khan Trust For Culture is presently undertaking a major conservation project on the gardens which were on the frontlines during the two decades of war and as a result, largely destroyed.
Regarding the water systems, we are now upgrading the irrigation works as part of the ongoing project on the gardens. Recent archaeological excavations have proven that there was also a central cascading water channel which was covered over in the 20th century. The garden is 26 acres, 450 m E-W and about 250 m N-S
Let me know if there is anything else you need, cheers,
Ratish Nanda
Babur Gardens
Dear Michele, Did you look at some of the publications on ArchNet related to your topic? If you go to the Publications main page of the digital library and click on "landscape" under building type, you'll get to this page, which has a handful of articles on Mughal gardens, with photographs and plans.

Also, if you go to the Digital Library and look at some of the specific gardens (such as Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar, for example) and you'll find related articles listed underneath the site description, if any.

Ozgur Basak Alkan
Babur Gardens
With the support of the Aga Khan Foundation, a non-profit Afgan Developmental and Humanitarian Services (DHSA) are restoring the Babur Gardens in Kabul.

The full story and a couple of images can be found at: nea/sasia/afghan/text2003/0226garden.htm

Anjali Agarwal
Babur Gardens
Hi! I write in response to Anjali's comment and just to set the record straight.
As part of a wider Aga Khan Development Network commitment to Afghanistan, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is currently undertaking a comprehensive conservation project, scheduled for completion in 2006, at Baghe Babur. The project involves a major garden rehabilitation, conservation of a Shahjahani mosque within the garden, repair and restoration of the enclosure walls, restoration of the Babur's tomb and its precinct amongst other key elements. In response to the request on Archnet, we have earlier provided Michele Constans with a photograph and sketch plan via e-mail.
Kabul Municipality and the Ministry of Information and Culture of the Transitional State of Afghanistan are the government counterparts for the project. Apart from the AKTC project, a late 19th century pavilion within the garden is being restored by DHSA, (the Afghan NGO mentioned in Anjali's note) with USAID funding.
Ratish Nanda


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