Mughal Gardens of Agra, India
A Heritage from Home Virtual Tour
This video was released on Thursday, March 25, 2021
Recently restored with new plantings and re-activated water features, the Mughal Gardens of Agra give us a glimpse of the landscape of sixteenth-century Agra. The tranquility of the gardens, offset by the bustling city nearby, present a world where urban centers coexist with green oases.
Join WMF India Executive Director Amita Baig on a virtual tour of the lush gardens along the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India, and discover graceful and imposing pavilions reminiscent of the legendary Taj Mahal. This visit will take you behind the scenes of Mehtab Bagh, or the “Moonlight Garden,” north of the Taj, and introduce you to the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah. With an analysis of the surrounding urban context and an overview of the gardens’ potential for community and sustainable development, Amita will guide you through WMF’s five-year project to ensure the preservation of the Mughal Gardens of Agra goes hand in hand with a wider strategy for urban planning and social equity.
Amita Baig, WMF India Executive Director
Amita Baig has been the regional representative of WMF India for over two decades, during which time she has stewarded its conservation projects across the country. She has over three decades of experience in managing historic sites in India and the Asia region; working with the UNESCO Asia Pacific Office on the development of the Lijiang Models for Stakeholder Participation and as a consultant to the Gulbenkian Foundation. Amita has published two books, Forts and Palace of India and Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives with Rahul Mehrotra following an eight-year engagement at the site.
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