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About Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Often called as a 'jewel box' and the 'Baby Taj,' the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It is believed to be the first Mughal tomb made of marble with pietra dura artwork. Itmad-Ud-Daulah means ‘Pillar of the Government,' is an exquisite tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg, chief minister of Emperor Jahangir and Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather. The tomb was built by Noor Jahan for her father similar to the tomb of Jahangir in Lahore. The monument is delicate in appearance due to its particularly finely carved jali (lattice marble screens). Situated on the banks of Yamuna, the mausoleum is set in a vast cruciform garden crisscrossed by water walkways. Spread in about fifty meters square, the tomb, is built on a base twenty-six-meter square and about one meter high. On each corner of the building, there are thirteen-meter tall hexagonal towers. The main chamber of the tomb is adorned with mosaics and semi-precious stones that are inlaid in white marble and contains the tomb of Itimad-Ud-Dulah and his wife.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Entry Fee Local Tourist Adult : INR 20 Child(below 15 years of age) : Free Foreign Tourist Adult : INR 210 Child(below 15 years of age) : Free SAARC and BIMSTEC citizens : INR 20
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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