Itimad ud Daulah, Agra
Do you know that the Taj Mahal was not the first or only monument in marble in Agra? Baby Taj or Itimad-ud-Daulah is a tomb that was built by mother of Shah Jahan. It has a very delicate architectural beauty. The marble lattice structures in this monument are the highlight. You can find exotic Persian styled gardens around the tomb. This tomb was built for Nur Jagan’s father. Her brother’s daughter is the well-known Mumtaz Mahal.
This tomb is famous for the stone inlay that is made out of wine glasses with perfect geometric structure. When you enter the monument, you would find a red stone arch that welcomes you to this baby Taj.
If you want to learn about the tomb, you can find the whole history in a large stone. The best element of this monument is the four gardens that surround the tomb in a quadrangle shape. Inside the building, you can find a lot of inscriptions in Persian. The ceiling was once covered by hand painted pattern. But, now, they are in ruins. The floor that was made with hand cut marbles is still maintained.
This is one of the architecture that reminds the almost-forgotten stories and styles of Mughal era.