|Zafar Jang Kokaltash's Tomb|
To reach the tomb of
Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Zafar Jang Kokaltash,
you should proceed south on Shalimar Link Road from
G.T. Road. You will need to turn right (west) into
Canal Bank Road. As you drive along the pleasant
bank of the canal, Bahadur Zafar
Jang's tomb will
appear on your right beyond the canal.
a 'U' turn on the bridge you will need to travel
east for a little distance along the opposite side
of the canal, before you can take a sharp left turn
on a road that slopes down from Khayaban-e-Anne
Marie Schimmel (Canal Bank Road).
Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Zafar Jang Kokaltash was a high ranking officer during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb Alamigir. His original name Mir Malik Husain and he was Aurungzeb’s foster brother and a noble in the imperial court. Mir Malik Hussain led an intriguing life aside the Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. In 1673, he was appointed the governor of Deccan. He rebuilt the fortress of Surat to fight against Shivaji. He was a leading figure in Aurangzeb's endeavours to consolidate his territory. In recognition of that in 1674, Aurangzeb gave him the title of Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Zafar Jang Kokaltash Khan and raised his rank from 700 horses to 7000 horses. In 1691, Khan-e-Jahan was appointed governor of Allahabad. In the same year he also served as governor of Punjab. However, near the end of his reign, Aurangzeb is said to be disappointed in him because of his failure to win an important battle against the warring Marathas, from whom Khan is reported to have received bribes. As he result, he was dismissed from office of Punjab in 1693.
A quiet man by nature, Kokaltash Khan was regarded as an intellectual of the imperial court and is widely believed to have written a history of Assam titled “Tarikh-i-Assam”. He died four years later on November 23, 1697 and was buried in a fine mausoleum fit for a noble.