Bibi Ka Maqbara Aurangabad is a replica of Taj Mahal. This historical monument is situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. It is among the top monuments of Maharashtra & is one of the must watch places in Aurangabad. This is a perfect place to spend time with family & friends. Read further to know about this beautiful & magnificent piece of architecture.
LOCATION: About 5 kms from Aurangabad City, Maharashtra, India.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Bibi Ka Maqbara Aurangabad is open to tourists throughout the year. June to March is an ideal time to visit Aurangabad because weather remains cool & pleasant during these months. Summer months in Aurangabad are unbearably hot to travel and travel during summer is not recommended.
Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad is a prestigious monument of Maharashtra. This monument is famous for being the replica of The Great Taj Mahal. This historical monument is an amazing blend of ancient Indian architecture and Persian Architecture. This is the place where the wife of Aurangzeb-Rabia Durrani is buried. Shahzada Azam who was the son of Aurangzeb built this structure as a memorial for his mother-Raabiya ul Durrani in 1679. This place is among top tourist spots in Aurangabad. It is also known as The Poor Man’s Taj Mahal because not all people can visit actual taj mahal.
Construction of this tomb has an interesting history! Bibi ka Maqbara actually means Tomb of the Lady. Azam Shah wanted to build this tomb using marble stone. But Aurangzeb opposed him to do so because he did not want to build a monument as beautiful as Taj Mahal. So, Aurangzeb restricted the transport of marble stone from Rajasthan and other parts of the Mughal Empire. As a result, marble is used only in the dome and few parts of the main structure. Another portion of the tomb is plastered with Eastco (high-quality cement) plaster. The marble used have been brought from the mines of Jaipur.
Aurangzeb approved only Rs.7,00,000/- for the construction of the Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad. However, only Rs. 6,68,203.7/- were spent on its construction! The gate beautiful designs carved on a brass plate and having some inscriptions. According to these descriptions, this tomb was designed by an architect named- Ataullah and built by an engineer named- Hanspat Rai.
Architectural Features of Bibi Ka Maqbara:
The construction of this monument started in 1651 and took 10 years to complete it. It is spread over 1,37,00 sq. Meters and square in shape. It is constructed in white alabaster whereas, the Taj Mahal is built in Marble Stone. Interior of the tomb has marvellous designs carved on it. This is a very beautiful structure having the garden in front of it. Garden is bordered by high compound walls, bastions and open pavilions on three sides. In addition to the garden, there are also some beautiful fountains, water channels, and axial ponds. Proportions of the Taj Mahal & Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad are same. As a result, it looks like a mini taj mahal.
This garden has lush green & looks lovely. The structure has 4 minarets at the corners of the terrace. But unlike Taj Mahal, semi-precious stones are not used in the construction of this monument Aurangabad. In full moonlight, it looks even more beautiful. The entrance gate is wooden & located in the south of the monument.
ESSENTIAL TOURIST INFORMATION
TRANSPORT: Aurangabad is one of the most popular tourist cities in Maharashtra. Frequent ST buses, Tourist buses, Radio Cabs & other vehicles are available to Aurangabad from all main cities. The distance between Aurangabad and other cities is Nashik (204 kms), Pune (233 kms), Nanded (277 kms) & Mumbai (392 Kms).
- NEAREST RAIL STATION: Aurangabad railway station (12kms) is the nearest station to reach here. You can catch an auto-rickshaw from station to the Maqbara.
- NEAREST AIRPORT: Aurangabad Airport (11 kms) is well connected to all major cities in India like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad & much more.
BIBI KA MAQBARA AURANGABAD TIMINGS: Everyday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
ENTRY FEES: Rs.10/-person for Indian tourists and Rs.250/-person for foreign tourists.
ACCOMMODATION: A large number of hotels including MTDC Accommodation facilities are available in Aurangabad.
EATING STUFF: There are some eateries & Restaurants around the tomb to have food.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Aurangabad Caves, Panchakki, Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves.
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