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This article is about the building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For the building in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dynasties of India, see Caravanserai (Age of Empires II).

Trains and upgrades hand and ranged cavalry.
—In-game description

The Caravanserai is a military building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Indians and becomes available once the Commerce Age is reached. It fulfills a similar role to the Stable, but trains camel and elephant cavalry instead.


Age Unit Cost Pop.
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Sowar icon.png Sowar 80 food,
80 coin
Zamburak icon.png Zamburak 60 food,
60 coin
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Mahout Lancer icon.png Mahout Lancer 400 food,
250 wood
AoE3 Howdah icon.png Howdah 250 food,
350 coin

Further statistics[]

As Caravanserai are unique to the Indians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

As Caravanserai are unique to the Indians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


A caravanserai was a quadrangular building frequented by merchants along routes in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe. It was designed specifically to accommodate the needs of travelers and their pack animals. The central courtyard featured a fountain and was opened to the sky. The caravanserai was surrounded by a series of arcades and stalls large enough to keep 300 to 400 camels comfortably. A typical caravanserai offered refreshment for humans and animals, space for religious worship, lodging, and a small market where those passing through could purchase new goods for the road ahead. Some of the more elaborate caravanserai even offered luxurious private baths.

The word “caravanserai” is derived from the Persian “karwan,” which signifies a company (or “caravan”) of travelers in a large inn or “serai.” Early Muslim rulers often built and maintained these inns on well-worn travel routes to encourage political solidarity, trade safety, and economic growth of their kingdoms.