[Entrance gate to Sakar Bag, Junagadh.]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gate to the Sakar Bagh at Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. The Sakar Bagh is situated three and a half kilometres (two miles) north of Junagadh and is one of several public gardens in the environs of the city. Its design and creation is attributed to Nawab Mahabat Khan II (r.1851-1882), who developed and improved Junagadh with a series of new palaces, public buildings and parks. In addition to formal gardens the Sakar Bagh contained a zoo, established in 1863 and renowned today for the successful breeding of Asiatic lions found in the nearby Gir Forest, and several private houses. The design of the gateway with domed finials echoes the exuberant Indo-Islamic architectural style of the maqbaras of the city’s rulers, the Babi dynasty.