A ways off 5.5 km from Aurangabad railroad station, Bibi Ka Maqbara is a wonderful sepulcher arranged in Aurangabad.
Maintained by Archeological Survey of India, Bibi Ka Muqbara is one of the highest tourist places to visit in Aurangabad.
The Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is devoted to Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the spouse of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb’s child, Prince Azam Shah assembled the tomb between 1651 AD 1661 AD inside the memory of his mom Begum Rabia Durani. This mausoleum may be a replica of the world-famous Taj Mahal . Also called Mini Taj, the mausoleum is way less ornamental than the Taj Mahal in Agra.
An inscription found on the fundamental passage entryway makes reference to that this tomb was structured raised by Ata-Ullah, an architect Hanspat Rai, an engineer respectively. The marble for this mausoleum was brought from mines near Jaipur. Despite the layout surrounding the tomb is very much like the Taj Mahal , somehow the architecture fails to produce the magic of the Taj. Hence, it’s considered to be a poor imitation of the Taj Mahal .
The mausoleum is laid out in a Charbagh garden . It stands at the middle of a large enclosure measuring approximately 458 m x 275 m is surrounded by high walls with bastions set at intervals, open pavilions on three sides. The mausoleum is made on a high square platform with four minarets at its corners, which is approached by a flight of steps from the three sides. A mosque is found to the west of the most structure, a later addition by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The narrow walkway from the main gate features a series of fountains at the middle is flanked by lush green gardens.
Like the Taj Mahal , this impressive monument has a central dome, surrounded by four smaller domes. Four small minarets near the main structure while four larger minarets at its corners. The mausoleum is encased with marble up to the dado level. Above the dado level, it’s constructed of basaltic trap up to the bottom of the dome; the latter is again built of marble. A fine plaster covers the basaltic trap given a fine polished finish adorned with fine stucco decorations.
The mortal remain of Rabia-ul-Daurani is placed small level surrounded by an octagonal marble screen with exquisite designs, which can be approached by a descending flight of steps. The roof of this chamber that corresponds to the lowest level of the mausoleum is pierced by an octagonal opening given a small barricaded marble screen. Thus the tomb also can be viewed from the bottom level also through this octagonal opening. The mausoleum is crowned by a dome pierced with trellis works accompanying panels decorated with flower designs.
There is an archaeological museum located just behind the mausoleum, which houses a rare collection of artifacts articles of private use from the times of the Mughal era.
Entry Fee: Rs.25 for Indians Rs. 250 for Foreigners.