Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra (must see)

Itimâd-ud-Daulâ's Tomb is a Mughal mausoleum, often described as 'jewel box', sometimes called the 'Baby Tāj', and often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal. Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628, represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture – primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations to its second phase, based on white marble and pietra dura inlay.

The mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways and covers about 23 square meters. On each corner it has hexagonal towers, about 13m tall. The walls are white marble from Rajasthan encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations – carnelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz formed into images of cypress trees and wine bottles, or more elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to relax for hours, if only you take off your shoes, lie down in the grass and enjoy its peacefulness and cleanliness.
The structure itself is smaller compared to the Taj but so much more detailed and just physically beautiful.

Visit on sunset to see the tomb change its color into pink :)
To go inside you have to remove your shoes (and should tip the man guarding them when you're done).
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula on Map

Sight Name: Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula
Sight Location: Agra, India (See walking tours in Agra)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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