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Begam Samru's Palace

"The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it" - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Begam Samru's Palace is actually a hefty pallid fortress where she used to reside, this being one of the biggest mansions in Delhi.

The verdant landscape exterior to her palace reminds of its youthful history; she preserved a trained army and so the Mughal emperor would call upon her whenever it was needed.

The palace had been built by her during the reign of Akbar Shah; this is because she had saved Delhi from the invasion of 30,000 Sikhs under the regulation of Baghel Singh.

She provided him the army of her trained soldiers and made victory possible for the Mughals. Thus a palace had been built in her name. The Sikhs thereafter went back to Punjab after getting a generous financial aid from the emperor Shah Alam.

The palace in Chandni Chowk had been gifted to her by the emperor Shah Alam after he ascended the throne. He was so thankful towards her that he even conferred upon her several honorable bestowing in the royal court in front of the courtiers.

So, the Palace was erected and Begam lived there with her husband, a merchant by profession who later died and she took over after his departure all his assets and businesses and professed them with full efficiency.

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