Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

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Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb picture
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Key Info

Etmadpur, Agra


Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Located on the east bank of the Yamuna River (just a few miles from central Agra), Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb boasts a pretty picturesque setting. This tomb is the first mausoleum in India to be 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 nicknames, "Mini Taj" or "Baby Taj." But just because it's smaller in size doesn't mean you should neglect it.

This monument houses a former royal representative. Not only did Itmad-ud-Daulah serve under Emperor Akbar, Shah Jahan's grandfather (Shah Jahan is the man responsible for the Taj Mahal) but also Emperor Jehangir, who ended up marrying Daulah's daughter. Itmad-ud-Daulah was actually not the government representative's given name. Rather, Mizra Ghiyas was given the name Itmad-ud-Daulah as an honor title from the emperors, which translates to "pillar of the state."

The story behind the tomb may not be as romantic as that of its larger cousin, but it still comes from love. His daughter was the one responsible for commissioning the mausoleum after her father's death. Travelers who visited the tomb were in awe of its beautiful architectural details, including delicate inlays, gilded, mosaics and impeccable symmetry. And in comparison to the Taj Mahal, travelers say there are far fewer crowds here, which made their experience overall very peaceful. 

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb is open from sunrise to sunset every day. Admission costs 110 rupees (about $2). For more information, consult the city of Agra's official website.

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