Tomb Garden of Asaf Khan (MEGT)
Shahdara, Pakistan
Asaf Khan was Jahangir's brother-in-law and governor of the Punjab at the time of the emperor's death in 1627. When Asaf Khan died on November 21, 1641, he held the post of commander-in-chief under Shah Jahan (r. 1627–1658). The Emperor directed that he should be buried close to the late Emperor Jahangir’s Mausoleum, and a lofty dome edifice should be erected over his tomb (W. E. Begley, ed., The Shah Jahan nama of ʻInayat Khan, 282). The tomb lies in the middle of a chahārbāgh, measuring 300 gaz square. The main entrance gateway to the tomb garden was on the south side, a false Jawab gate on the north, a mosque on the west, and a pavilion on the east to balance the layout. The project is being conserved with the financial assistance of Global Heritage fund.
Source: Court Chronicle, 1658

-Abdul Rehman, Munazzah Akhtar


The Shah Jahan nama of ʻInayat Khan : an abridged history of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, compiled by his royal librarian : the nineteenth-century manuscript translation of A.R. Fuller (British Library, add. 30,777) (Open in Zotero)

Originally published at: Rehman, Abdul, and Munazzah Akhtar. “Tomb Garden of Asaf Khan.” Middle East Garden Traditions. Dumbarton Oaks, November 18, 2014. Archived at:

Shahdra Town Road, Shahdara, Pakistan
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Dates of attested life: 1641
Date of entry of information: April 2007
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