Visit to Bibi Ka Maqbara

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Bibi Ka Maqbara (offsite link)

Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad (offsite link)

Bibi Ka Maqbara is a tomb built after, and imitation of, the Taj Mahal. The shape of the building is very similar with the four minarets and the garden layout is similar. But everything is half the size. There's none of the inlaid stone that made the Taj so famous - instead there's a lot of very beautiful carved marble. Unfortunately Bibi Ka Maqbara hasn't been nearly as well maintained. I really liked it, and took a lot of pictures.

As with the Taj, this is a Muslim monument. You'll see no drawings or carvings of animals or humans. Instead, there are plants and mathematical designs.

Info from Rumark Travels, our travel agents:

A replica of the Taj Mahal, the Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is the only example of Moghul architecture of its kind on the Deccan plateau. A mausoleum that was built in 1679 by Emporor Aurangazeb's son, in tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durani.

It is the finest Mughal monument in the south and is called the Taj of the Deccan for its close resemblance to the Taj Mahal of Agra. 
by giles