When in Agra, pay a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, an intricately decorated mausoleum, often nicknamed “Baby Taj” in comparison to its grandiose neighbor. The tomb was built in 1628 and is believed to have been the inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal. Less crowded than its counterpart, the mausoleum boasts more delicate decorations, made with precious topaz, lapis lazuli, and onyx, as well as lace-like, intricate carvings in its marble walls. Before you head to Agra, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Agra trip maker tool, to make sure you see all that Agra has to offer, including Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.
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Mini Taj. A must place to visit before visiting The Taj Mahal. Inlayed stone work on the marble is outstanding. Queen Nor Jahan constructed this Mausoleum for her father. This is dated pre Taj Mahal.
Mini Taj. A must place to visit before visiting The Taj Mahal. Inlayed stone work on the marble is outstanding. Queen Nor Jahan constructed this Mausoleum for her father. This is dated pre Taj Mahal. more »
Also called the "small Taj mahal" this tomb is also very nice and, actually, it was built well before the Taj... We went in the morning and it was peacefull and very few visitors (a total difference..... more
Also called the "small Taj mahal" this tomb is also very nice and, actually, it was built well before the Taj... We went in the morning and it was peacefull and very few visitors (a total difference..... more »
The first Mughal tomb to be built of white marble, this beautiful tomb was constructed by the Empress Noorjehan between 1622-28 CE, for her father Ghiyas Begh 'Itmad-ud-Daulah' (a title meaning 'pillar of the state'). It is believed that, along with the Tomb of Humayun in Delhi, this was one of the precursors of the Taj Mahal. Tickets for Itmad-ud-Daulah cost Rs 20 per adult (Indian); children up to twelve go free. You buy tickets at the gate, then walk up to the main gate of the monument, a magnificent structure of red sandstone covered with white marble pietra dura inlay. Through this gate, and you enter a typical Mughal charbagh, a square garden bisected by water channels (currently dry), with the mausoleum sitting in the middle. Like the main gate, there are similar gates in the centre of each of the walls forming the boundary of the charbagh. The fourth gate, beyond the tomb, is the river gate, a pavilion offering a great view of the Yamuna. You have to take off your shoes (there's a rack in one corner) to climb up to the platform (there are steps, but also a ramp, so it's wheelchair accessible). The tomb is stunning, lots of lovely inlay work, paintings, and even some carved white marble.
It is a historical monument quite beautiful but sadly not maintained at all. Agra Tourism Department and ASI which charges tourist should really do some serious maintenance work. Only extremely positive point was the monument details were also put there in Braille. Only tourist spot where this was done in Agra
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