Gulab Bari

Gulab Bari
Vital Information for Visitors

Gulab Bari, Ayodhya (Faizabad), UP

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Visiting Time:

5:00 AM – 10:00 PM

4:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Entry Fees:

No entry fee


1 hr


Rose Garden, Historical Monuments

Gulab Bari in Ayodhya district has its English translation as ‘rose garden’ but it is more than a garden as it comprises of many monuments. Tomb of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula is prominent among them. Shuja-ud-Daula, the third Nawab of Awadh, died in 1775 AD. The tomb was built by Nawab himself during his lifetime. During his life it was used for religious gathering. Its large gate has a well carved border design which is decorated mainly with a twin fish motif and some other fine decorative elements.

There is a mosque in Gulab Bari which has an Imambara attached to it. This mosque is decorated with domes and tall minarets. A Hamam can also be seen there which used to be the place of bathing for royal people.

Mainly the tomb of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula was built in Mughal architecture style but some elements like small minarets and pavilions resemble Rajput Architecture style. It has white and red colour in contrast. The monument has a good interior symmetry. The tomb of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula has lattice design on the boundary of its terrace and carving designs on its walls. It has garden in Char Bagh style of garden, which is the charm of Mughal Architecture, including the Taj Mahal. There are artificial ponds in the garden with running fountains. Many varieties of roses are planted in the surroundings.

There are stairs to go to the upper storey but as these stairs are now not in a good condition, generally people are not allowed to go upstairs. In tomb of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula, along with the grave of Shuja-ud-Daula, his parents’ graves are also therein. His mother’s grave to the left and father’s is to the right of the grave of Shuja-ud-Daula. These graves are on the ground floor and covered with wood having carving designs over them. Later, his father’s grave was shifted to Delhi. Mughal architecture has its own essence to attract tourists. Visiting Gulab Bari adds some more historical, cultural and architectural charm to ones travelled destination’s diary.

Some other major tourist attractions nearby are Bahu Begam ka Maqbara, Fort Calcutta, Guptar Ghat etc. Bahu Begam Ka Maqbara is just at a distance of 2.5 km from here and equally famous as Gulabbari. Bahu Begam Ka Maqbara is the tomb of the wife of Shuja-ud-Daula who was a brilliant lady.

Gulab Bari is easily reachable by any means of transport. Lucknow airport is the nearest airport. Ayodhya itself has railway station and bus stand connected with major cities. Ayodhya is at a distance of 128 km from Lucknow and 680 km from Delhi. The best time to visit Gulab Bari is during the months from October to March. It takes almost an hour to visit this monument. It remains open for all days from 4 am to 7 pm. Entry into Gulab Bari is free of cost.

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