Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Lucknow of the Nawabs: Photo 2
The Rumi Darwaza again, this time from inside the first of the three courtyards. The structure is composed of thin bricks, plastered. We're on the Ganges Plain, after all, a long way from the sandstone used in Delhi by the Mughals--who, it happens, had set the nawabs up as governors but had then lost control of them. It didn't take long for the British to confiscate much of the territory of the nawabs, along with all of their territorial ambitions. The nawabs were left with little to do but amuse themselves with projects such as this one.
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