- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb is the first mausoleum constructed entirely of marble. You'll recognize that the same stone was used for the Taj Mahal; in fact, this monument often goes by the nickname, "Baby Taj." But just because it's smaller in size doesn't mean you should neglect it.
This monument houses a former Lord of the Treasury and father of Shah Jahan's wife, Nur Jahan. The story behind the tomb may not be as romantic as that of its larger cousin, but the inlays, gilding, mosaics, and extreme symmetry are no less impressive. "They call this a little gem and it is.[…] The site itself is magnificent, especially the gold and paintings on the ceilings," says one TripAdvisor user.
On the east bank of the Yamuna River (just few miles from central Agra), Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb boasts fewer crowds and a picturesque setting. It is open from sunrise to sunset every day. Admission costs 110 INR (about $2 USD). For more information, consult the city of Agra's official website.