The BERGER Collection  is one of my all-time favorite online resources, and the images used for this site almost all come from it (the exceptions are mostly wallpapers). Thanks to many hours of browsing I’ve gotten to know it pretty well, and I’m glad to have the chance both to share some of its treasures with others, and also to provide some extra help to those seeking to use it.

You might like to check out the Berger Collection’s home page. And here is its main India index page—scroll down in the left frame until a list of specific locations appears.

Jacques-Edouard Berger travelled the world, photographing every great historical site he saw. The glory of the collection is the 100,000 slides he took, many of them superb. The limitation of the collection is that these slides are inadequately labelled, and sometimes confusingly grouped or even (in a few cases) erroneously identified.

Here is a list of the Berger Collection locations that were part of Ghalib’s Agra and Delhi, with hyperlinks to the proper part of the site. Note that many of the locations provide several sets of images (the small numbers under the name at the top of the frame), each of which has many twelve-image pages. I give the spellings and arrangement as they appear in the alphabetical Berger list, together with my comments.


    *Itimad-ud-Daulah The tomb of Itimad ud-Daulah, Jahangir’s chief minister and father of the empress Nur Jahan. Built by Nur Jahan on the banks of the Jumna, it was completed in 1628. (Two sets of images.) Ghazals 117 to 127, ending in o, show Itimad ud-Daulah's tomb.

    *Fatehpur Sikri Akbar’s own city, built under his personal supervision in the early 1570's. It was soon abandoned for lack of water, and so is very well preserved. (Four sets of images.) Ghazals 1-48, ending in alif, show images from Fatahpur Sikri.

    *Agra Fort Rouge The Agra Fort was worked on by all the Mughal emperors from Akbar onwards. (Four sets of images.) Ghazals ending in e show images from the Agra Fort.

    *Sikandra This is where Akbar is buried; he started to build his own tomb, but after his death Jahangir redesigned it, and the work was not completed until 1613. The marble inlay work on the Ghalib index page comes from Sikandara. (One set of images.) Ghazals 57-71, ending in d, r, and z, show images from Sikandra.

    *Taj Mahal The greatest glory of Mughal architecture, it was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj too is on the banks of the Jumna. (Three sets of images.) The Taj is so overpoweringly famous that I haven’t shown images of it here.


    *Fort Rouge The famous “Red Fort” in Delhi, largely the creation of Shah Jahan, with Aurangzeb adding the Moti Masjid. (Two sets of images.) Ghazals ending in ii show images from the Red Fort.

    *Qutb Minar and *Quwwat-ul-Islam Begun in 1192 by Qutb ud-Din Aibak, first of the Delhi Sultanate rulers, the mosque complex was continued by his successor Iltutmish. The Qutb Minar and the Quvvat ul-Islam Mosque are located within the same complex. (One set of images apiece.) Ghazals 84-116, ending in n, show images from the Qutb/Quvvat complex.

    *Tughluqabad This now-ruined fortress complex was built by Sultan Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq, r.1320-25, and contains his tomb. (One set of images.) Ghazals 49-53, ending in b and t, show images from Tughluqabad.

    *Humayun Humayun’s tomb, built by his widow, Hajji Begam, in 1564. The background design of these introductory pages is from Humayun’s tomb, looking up at the roof of the dome. (Two sets of images.) Ghazals 72-76, ending in s, sh, ((, and f , show images of Humayun's tomb.

    *Jantar The Jantar Mantar in Delhi is one of several astronomical observatories built in different cities by Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur in the 1720’s. (One set of images.) Ghazals 54-56, ending in j and ch, show images of the Jantar Mantar.

    *Isa Khan The tomb of Isa Khan, a nobleman of Sher Shah Sur’s court (1440-45). This tomb is located in the compound of Humayun’s Tomb, but has no connection with it. (One set of images.) Ghazals 128-129, ending in h, show images of the tomb of Isa Khan.

    *Jardins Lodis The tomb of Sikandar Lodhi (r.1489-1517), along with other monuments from the period, which have now been incorporated into a popular garden and park complex. (One set of images.) Ghazals 77-83, ending in k, g, l, and m, show images of the Lodhi tombs.

TO SUPPLEMENT these images, I’ve put on line a few others that I find especially worth contemplating—I call them *EVOCATIONS* of Ghalib’s life and times.


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Browsing in the Berger Collection is a great pleasure, but if you want to go there and quickly find the images used for this site, the chart below tells you how to do so. The labels given to the images are drawn from the chart above. The first number identifies the image set, the second the page, and the third the particular image on that page.
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232 agrafort_1_4_01 233 agrafort_1_8_03 234 agrafort_4_3_11