Itmad-ud-Daula : First marble tomb that inspired Taj Mahal

Itmad-ud-Daula is the first tomb in India that is made up entirely out of marble. It is located in the old city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Because of this fact, Itmad-ud-daula has a special place in history as well as in the architecture world. Commonly called “Baby Taj Mahal” or “Jewel Box”, this tomb is said to inspire the construction of Taj Mahal in the later years. A general conception is that Taj Mahal is the only or the first tomb constructed entirely with marble.


This tomb is of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. He was the father-in-law of Jahangir, who married his beautiful daughter Noor Jahan. Jahangir conferred the title of Itmad-ud-daula or ‘Pillar of the Empire’ to his father-in-law. After his death, in the year 1622, Noor Jahan ordered the construction of the tomb. This exquisite monument is a tribute to her father.
Itmad-ud-Daula is purely white and overlooks the river of Yamuna. If we take a bird-eye view, it looks like a jewel box set. The tomb is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. You will find very rare and minute nakashhi all over it. This place is well maintained and very clean.

Location: Old Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
When to visit: Open throughout the year.
Entrance Fee: Foreigners: Rs 110/-
Indians: INR Rs 10/-
Children below 15 years of age are allowed free entry.

Next time you go for a visit to Tajmahal, do not forget to see this magnificent piece of art as well.

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