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These tombs are located in the old city just off Fort Road which takes you to the first entrance gate of the fort. The Tomb of Mohammed Gaus, who was an Afghan Prince turned sufi saint and who played a key role in Babur's acquistion of the fort, is a fine example of early Mughal architecture. It has hexagonal towers on each corner and a large central dome which was once covered with glazed blue tiles. Set around all four sides are magnificent stone latticework screens.

The tomb of Tansen is where the famous singer lies. Miyan Tansen (1506?1589) is believed to have been the greatest North Indian musician of all time. He was so good that he was one of Emperor Akbar's "nine jewels" of his court. His tomb is small and is built in the early Mughal architectural style. There is a tamarind tree near the tomb. It is believed that Tansen got his fabulous voice after eating leaves of this tree so people visiting his tomb also eat these leaves.

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2007
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