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CHHATRI OF RAJA JASWANT SINGH: Situated in Balkeshwar is the Chhatri of Raja jaswant singh, the Rajput king of Jodhpur who served under Aurangzeb.It stands overlooking the river Yamuna on its right bank.It is most splendid sepulchral monument of its age.The Eastern wall is profusely carved in relief with the fingures of vases and wreaths of flowers.The square shrine chamber has a flat roof carried on pillars and the interspaces in between are filled up with stone screeens of graceful lattice work.

CHAUSATH KHAMBHA (Hall of sixty four pillars): Situated besides the tomb of Sadiq Khan on NH-2.It is a tomb of Salabat Khan who was Mir bakshi, treasures of Mughal Emperor. Made up of red sand stone, the central bay of the hall is little longer than twenty-four other bay and is believed to have contained the cenotaph once.Four beautiful chhatris can be seen on the four corners of the plateform that are noticeable because of their cusped arches and wide projecting and wide projecting chhajja.

TOMB OF SADIQ KHAN: Situated on NH-2 near Gailana Road.It is said to be the tomb of Sadiq Khan who was a noble and son-in-law of Mirza Ghaiyas Beg.He was Iranian and served both Jahangir and Shah Jahan.The tomb structure has an octagonal plan and stands on a high square plateform. The plan consists of just one big octagonal hall accessible through eight portals,one on each side.Brick and masonry are the main construction materials used while a thick layer of White shell (lime punning) cover the structure.Exteriors include projecting chhajjas supported on brackets and pinnacles with spirals flutings. The double dome crowns the sports an inverted lotus and a slender kalsh finial on its top.

BHISTI KA MAQBARA: Situated in Civil Court(Diwani) near Surya Nagar.Bhishti ka Maqbara or the tomb of water bearer is also known as Jhun Jhun Katora. It has inherited this name due to its shape of an inverted bowl.It is said to be the tomb of Maulana Hasan who was born in Persia and was a famous devotee and saint who lived during the reigns of Sikandar Lodhi and Salim Shah Sur. This dome of Tughlaq-Lodi style rests on an octagonal base and is made of brick and plaster. The dome has Persian inscriptions which are now illegible.