William Dalrymple on the trail of Babur’s paradise lost

William Dalrymple on the trail of Babur’s paradise lost

William Dalrymple on the trail of Babur’s paradise lost

In 1526, Zahir-ud-Din Babur, a young Timurid poet-prince from Fergana, in what is now Uzbekistan, descended the Khyber Pass with a small army of hand-picked followers; with him he brought some of the first modern muskets and cannon seen in India. With these he defeated the Delhi sultan, Ibrahim Lodhi, and established in Delhi and Agra the beginnings of what would soon become the Mughal Empire.

Published by: Financial Times

 

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