Located at the distance of 21 km away from the city of Gurgaon and lying within the dusty sprawl of Farrukhnagar, lies this Sheesh Mahal that seems to be lost in the scripts of the Mughal era. Here, the history has lain immortalized for all these years, awaiting exploration. Initially ruled by the Baloch dynasty, Farrukhnagar came under the reign of the Mughals in the 17th century and was named after the ruler that built Sheesh Mahal, Farrukh Shah. Set right in the middle of the bustling market, Sheesh Mahal is a grand and elaborate palatial structure, which is known for its exquisite ornamented architecture. Indeed, it has been once the residence of Farrukhnagar’s Nawab.
Built out of a mix of red sandstone, jhajjar stone and Nanakshahi bricks in 1793, every nook and corner of Sheesh Mahal is replete with sated with patterns, slender columns and ornamented brackets which are completely laden up with intricate floral designs. The front hall has an inlay of intricate and gorgeous mirror work. Though slightly in ruins with its glory gradually fading away, Sheesh Mahal’s grandeur and elegance still remains intact. What is surprising to know is that there is a torture chamber which is situated right inside the palace, which at one point of time was used for incarcerating and torturing prisoners.
Another classic trait of Sheesh Mahal is its Baradari, which is a pavilion with 12 doorways that were traditionally used for the free flow of air and thus allowing cross room ventilation. It also witnessed, on occasional basis, performances by courtesans and musicians. The Baradari opens out to a large courtyard with a water channel in between that was once maintained by Baoli Ghaus Ali Shah situated nearby, with the connection being shut off in the 19th century.
Sheesh Mahal, in fact, played host to the revolts of 1857; when Nawab Ahmed Ali Khan, along with neighboring rulers, launched an attack on the Britishers. Unfortunately, he, along with the others, was tried and executed. This place can be visited at all days of the week at 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM.