The Shahi Bridge of Jaunpur is known by several names. Also called, Munim Khan’s Bridge, Akbari Bridge, Mughal Bridge and Jaunpur Bridge, this bridge is known for being Jaunpur’s most significant Mughal structure.
Built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, the bridge was designed by the then famous Afghan architect Afzal Ali. It took four years to complete the construction of the bridge which was later severely damaged in the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.
Current Use and Location
Located over the River Gomti, the Shahi Bridge lies approximately 1.7km north of Jaunpur, 7.3km northwest of Zafarabad and 16.2km north-northeast of Mariahu. Currently the bridge is still used to cross the River Gomti.
A bridge that is paid homage to the renowned poet, Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Akbar Bridge’, the Shahi Bridge of Jaunpur is a historical remnant of the Mughal’s rule in India. A part of the Protection & Conservation List of the Directorate of Archaeology (U.P) since 1978, the Uttar Pradesh Government has played a huge role in preserving the glory of this bridge.