At the time, when Agra was the capital of Mughal
Empire, it had a large number of sarais or rest houses for the weary
travelers. In the 17th century, more than 60 sarais have been recorded
here including the riverine Sarai of Nur Jehan. This sarai, though, is
in a dilapidated condition now. Situated between the Battis-Khambha and
the Bagh-i-Nur Afshan, this sarai was built on the jagir of Nur Jehan,
whose her officers collected duties on goods transported by the river
from here. Originally, it could accommodate about 500 horses and 3000
people at once. The smaller entrance on the Battis-Khambha side is now
no more to be seen. The single-storeyed rooms were plastered from inside
and had a vaulted ceiling and a dalan in the front covered by a chhajja.
The entrance is to the east facing the highway. The stepped ghat has
disappeared but one can still see the riverside tower and chhatri here.