Bibi Ka Maqbara – Deccan’s own Taj Mahal

22 Aug

Historical places are nice to visit as one can get know more about a country’s past. Bibi Ka Maqbara, Deccan’s own Taj Mahal, is one of the historic monuments in Maharashtra that is unique in its own way. It is located in Aurangabad city and was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. One of the striking features of Bibi Ka Maqbara is its resemblance with the Taj Mahal in Agra in terms of design. Like Taj Mahal, it was also created in the memory of a Mughal emperor’s wife. It is often called the Dakkhani Taj or the Taj of the Deccan.


Prince Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb, created this memorial in the memory of his mother Dilras Banu Begum. It was completed in a time span of 10 years (1651-1661 AD). Azam Shah wanted to create a tomb as grand as the Taj Mahal which was made by his grandfather Shah Jahan. But, Mughal architecture was in its decline during that period and the budget for the construction was limited by Aurangzeb. The resulting monument thus looks more like a poor or cheap replica of the grand beauty Taj Mahal. Bibi Ka Maqbara is some times called the poor man’s Taj Mahal.

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Bibi Ka Maqbara is one of the prime monuments in Aurangabad. It follows the charbagh (literally meaning four gardens) layout which was a common element in Mughal architecture. The marbles used in the construction of this monument were brought from the mines near Jaipur city, Rajasthan. Similar designs from Taj Mahal can be seen all around this monument. Despite many similarities, the Bibi Ka Maqbara is still a tourist place to look out for. Also, while visiting Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad city, one can also visit the nearby heritage sites like Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves.


Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Maharashtra Heritage Sites, Monuments



17 responses to “Bibi Ka Maqbara – Deccan’s own Taj Mahal

  1. ladyfi

    August 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Lovely shots!

  2. R.Ramakrishnan

    August 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Lovely captures. Yes there is a striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal ! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Minoru

    August 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Hi! Breathtaking beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Carver

    August 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Fantastic shots. Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

  5. Satyender S Dhull

    August 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful capture of Bibi Ka Makbara. Never knew about this place until I read it recently on a blog. Look forward to visiting it someday

  6. My Say

    August 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    this poor man’s Taj actually answers Taj is a wonder and why! 😀

  7. Carver

    August 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful shots. You asked about the holes in the windshield on my truck shot. I think they are probably from rocks bouncing off roads. I had that happen to the windshield on an old car I had a long time ago and it looked like bullet holes but was done by gravel.

    • Swati Singh

      August 29, 2013 at 4:43 am

      Thanks for clearing my doubt 🙂

  8. Garden Walk Garden Talk

    August 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Beautiful. One of the most well known places in this world. The first shot is breathtaking, literally.

  9. Swati Singh

    August 29, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Thank you all 🙂

  10. Anunoy Samanta

    August 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Simply beautiful!!! 🙂

  11. Harsha

    September 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I have heard about this Memorial and no wonder why it is called the poor man’s Taj Mahal,nothing to compare with the Taj Mahal but this Memorial is a Beauty in its own..

  12. frizztext

    September 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    the feminist from India, whose books I liked to read, once wrote angrily, that the Taj Mahal architecture is inspired by an absurd relationship to a woman – difficult to follow? Reality: recently a female tourist was gang raped near Taj Mahal.


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