Gulab Bari, Faizabad, India - a beautiful Mausoleum built by the Nawab of Awadh

Gulab Bari, Faizabad,Uttar Pradesh. YouTube
Gulab Bari, Tomb of Nawab

Gulab Bari (meaning 'Garden of Roses') is a fascinating well-laid out rose garden in Faizabad, UP, covering a vast lush green area. It houses  the Tomb of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula (1753–1775), the third Nawab of Awadh  and his parents. The garden  has an excellent  collection of roses of various hues  and varieties nearly arranged  by the sides of water fountains. It is said that the ruler would come to this place often to enjoy the fragrance and to take decision  on political matters in a comfortable, peaceful ambiance provided by the nice-smelling rose garden and the greenery surrounding it. 

Second gate, Gulab Bari, Faizabad,
Nakkar Khana at Gulab Bari, Faizabad. Inditales

Gulab Bari, the maqbara (Mausoleum) of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula is a declared monument of national Importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.

Nawab Shuja-ud-daula and his sons.

Above image:  Shuja-ud-Daula (1753–1775) the Nawab of Awadh, with  his four Sons, General Barker and other military officers of the East India Company. The Nawab himself built the tomb - Gulab Bari at Faizabad, his capital city.

The enclosure wall that surrounds Gulab Bari is built of Lakhauri bricks lime plastered and decorated with plaster molding. Within the enclosure is built  the tomb of Shuja-ud-daula along with mosque Imambara, Shahi Hammam, Baradari and a well approached through triple-arched gateways. Shuja-ud-daula  himself built the tomb  during his lifetime  and it can be accessed through an imposing gateway. As in many mausoleum,  here the central chamber contains the cenotaph which houses the graves of Nawab Shuja-ud-daula and his mother. The tomb proper stands in the centre of a Charbagh Garden accompanied by fountains and shallow water channels. The square double-storied mausoleum has an arched veranda on each side and an upper story with three arched facade adorned by minarets on the corners. The huge and impressive dome of the central chamber is crowned by inverted louts and metal finial.

Gulab Bari is secretly connected to a boali in Lucknow and was  used to be a hiding place for the successors of the Nawab Shuja-ud-daula in case of emergency. it is a place of worship for the local Muslims and this place needs to be properly maintained. 
Gulab Bari is open 4 am – 7 pm, year-round.

Shuja-ud-daula, who  made Faizabad the capital of Awadh during his reign built  very huge and impressive  artistic  buildings in the city. It shows during his rule the city  attained prosperity, which it never saw again. The other attractive  buildings  built by Nawab Suja are  Moti Mahal and the tomb of Bahu Begum. The former was the residence of his beloved wife (he took her hands in 1743) and the latter is the Begam's Maqbara, at  near-by Jawaharbagh where she was buried after her death in 1816. Bahu Begum, a distinguished woman with noble heart was instrumental for many Muslim buildings in Faisabad.After her demise till annexation by the EIC, the city had begun to lose its beauty and glory. Later Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula shifted the capital to Lucknow.