An architectural marvel with intricate designs, Bibi Ka Maqbara is still considered an imperfect replica of the Taj Mahal.
Unique replica of India’s most famous mausoleum
Bibi Ka Maqbara
The Taj Mahal is often considered the most outstanding architectural wonder of Indian civilization. However, few people know that in India there is another mausoleum with the same architecture as the Taj Mahal.
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That is Bibi Ka Maqbara Tomb (meaning Lady’s Tomb) located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra state, India.
This mausoleum was built by Prince Azam Shah – the 6th son of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb from 1651 – 1661 to commemorate his mother, Queen Dilras Banu Begum.
Bibi ka Maqbara and Taj Mahal
Bibi Ka Maqbara (left) is inspired by the famous Taj Mahal (right) in Agra, built by Prince Azam Shah’s grandfather, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The mausoleum is located on a campus 458m long, 275m wide with ponds, gardens, fountains, canals and many paved roads.
Tomb of Bibi Ka Maqbara was also built with four spiers at four corners like the Taj Mahal. The main dome of Bibi Ka Maqbara is similar to the Taj Mahal, but the spire above it is shorter.
Overall, Bibi Ka Maqbara is an architectural masterpiece with intricate design, many carved motifs.
However, compared to the Taj Mahal, Bibi Ka Maqbara is still considered an imperfect copy.
According to historical documents, Bibi Ka Maqbara was built at a cost of 700,000 rupees, while the Taj Mahal spent 32 million rupees, 45 times more than the later mausoleum.
It is because it is overshadowed by the reputation of the Taj Mahal that Bibi Ka Maqbara is not known to many international tourists, although this is really a magnificent work of architecture.