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Jahan Ara: The world’s richest princess who built luxurious inns and mosques

  • Azizullah Khan
  • bbc urdu.com, Peshawar

image source, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

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where an old painting of Ara

Jahan Ara was a beautiful and talented princess whom many historians remember as ‘the most influential princess of the Mughal period’ and ‘the world’s richest princess’.

In the details of history, a lot has been written about his ‘Amarat’ i.e. his rule and his influence and dominance in the Mughal era.

But there is not much mention of the arrival of Princess Jahan Ara in Peshawar city of Pakistan and the construction of a modern inn of her time for the convenience of traders.

Peshawar was a big center of business during the Mughal period. Trade from Delhi to Central Asia used to take place through Peshawar.

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