Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in India. But did you know that it has a distant relative in Aurangabad, Maharashtra? We are talking about Bibi Ka Maqbara, a mausoleum which bears a striking resemblance to Taj Mahal. To those who don’t know, Taj Mahal and Bibi Ka Maqbara are indeed related. We’ve listed down 5 lesser known facts about Bibi Ka Maqbara.
1. Bibi Ka Maqbara was commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the memory of his first wife, Dilras Banu Begum. It resembles Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of his mother, Mumtaz Mahal.
2. An inscription on the main entrance door mentions that Bibi Ka Maqbara was designed and erected by Ata-ullah, an architect and Hanspat Rai, an engineer respectively. Ata-ullah was the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the main designer of the Taj Mahal. Now you know why the inheritance…
3. It is believed that the mausoleum was built between 1651 and 1661. The cost incurred for its construction was Rs. 6,68,203 – 7,00,000.
4. Due to its resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it is referred to as Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan).
5. The marble used in the construction of Bibi Ka Maqbara was brought from mines near Jaipur. According to Tavernier, a French gem merchant and traveler, around 300 carts, drawn by over 12 oxen were used for carrying marble, which he claims to have seen during his journey from Surat to Golconda.