Itmad ud Daulaf, or Etmad Ud Daulah, if you pronounce it the way we do in Hindi, is the place where the parents of Nur Jehan were buried. The photograph above is the entrance to the main tomb enclosure and the gardens. The tomb has been built on the left bank of the Yamuna, which you can see as you walk to the gardens at the back.
Jehangir was the son of Akbar, and the fourth of the great Mughal Emperors. He ruled for 22 years, from the death of his father. Those were troubled times indeed, much like our own. Soon after Jehangir came to power, one of his sons wanted to overthrow him. The son was defeated, and blinded by his father. The fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Angad, who aided the young fellow, was tortured for five days, and then he disappeared.
Many years later, another young fellow, who later called himself Shah Jehan, murdered his brother, to ensure that there would be no opposition to his own accession to the throne.
Jehangir was a highly tolerant king, barring the Sikhs, and he had a highly elevated sense of justice. His twentieth wife, (and this shows he had stamina!), was Nur Jehan. She was by far his favourite, and as he increasingly battled his addiction to opium and alcohol, she became the real power behind the throne.
Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Nur Jehan’s father came from Persia. He was received by Akbar and rose quickly. He was an important official in Jehangir’s court, and was the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal, who is the inspiration behind the Taj. In that sense, we can credit Mirza Ghiyas Beg for two of the more famous tombs in India.