Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb

Itmad-ud-Daulah also called Baby Taj, situated in the city of Taj, in Agra the state of Uttar Pradesh. It was made by white marble, it happens to be one of the most visit monuments of Agra. The grandeur and magnificence of the mausoleum is admired so much that it is considered a precursor or the draft of the Taj Mahal and, therefore, called the Jewel Box. It is located on the east bank of Yamuna River.

History

Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the son of Akbar the Great conferred the title of Itimad-ud-Dualah on Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father of his beloved wife Noor Jahan. The story of Itimad-ud-Daulah is an inspirational rag to riches saga. The baby girl of Ghiyas Beg brought a stroke of good luck to her parents, he found a caravan that straightaway took him to the court of the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. After Akbar’s death in 1605, his son Jahangir become the Mughal emperor, who made Ghiyas Bed his chief minister or Wazir. Jahangir fell in love with his widowed daughter who processes unspeakable beauty.  The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah along that of his wife Asmat Jahan was built by their daughter Noor Jahan from 1622 to 1628. It was Jahangir who bestowed upon him the title of Itimad-ud-Daulah, which means Pillar of the state.

Architecture

It is made by white marble. Tomb has a small rooftop canopy and has squat minarets attached to all four corners of the building. Situated in the middle of the Charbagh style gardens, the tomb was one of the first Mughal building in Agra to be made entirely out of marble and is famous for its extravagant inlay work. Elegant Persian motifs such as wine vases, trees and flowers adorn the monument and add to its charm. It is the first tomb which was built from white marble, the first to make extensive use of pietra dura and first tomb to be built on the banks of the Yamuna. The style of the tomb is similar to the tomb built for Jehangir Lahore in Pakistan.

Timings- 6 am – 5.30 pm

Entry Fees: Indian INR 10(adult)

Free for children below the age of the 15

Foreigners INR 110

 

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