The mini Taj Mahal of India has many other names –even more than Taj Mahal itself. After mini Taj Mahal, it is most famously known as Bibi ka Maqbara, or Tomb of the Lady. Since it is located in Maharashtra, it is also called “Taj of the Deccan”.
Its exact location is Aurangabad, Maharashtra. While the real Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the mini Taj Mahal as a testament of a son’s love for his mother.
The constructer of this beautiful mausoleum in Maharashtra was Prince Azam Shah, the son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is interesting to note that Aurangzeb was reluctant to spend so much wealth for a tomb which was being built for his wife, Rabia-ul-Daurani, while the cost was just seven lakhs.
Just like Taj Mahal, Bibi ka Maqbara is an apt example of Mughal architecture and the garden surrounding it is a Persian style garden.
When the cost and the construction is compared to Taj Mahal, however, it seems negligible. But it is its beauty and its foundation which is based on love which gives it the name of mini Taj Mahal. And of course, it replicates Taj Mahal in a very fine manner.
For tourists, Aurangabad railway station is the nearest railway station, just 12 km away from Bibi ka Maqbara. If in Maharashtra, an auto rickshaw or bus can take you there without any hassle. It’s open from 8am to 8pm every day and the tickets cost Rs. 10 per head for Indians and Rs. 250 per head for foreigners.