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The Baby Taj or the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah

Baby Taj Mahal or the Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah, Agra

Baby Taj Mahal or the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, Agra

The Baby Taj or Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah was a fun stop after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.  It wasn’t very crowded which was nice.  I hope that people visit it and don’t ignore it.  The wife of Jahangir, Nur Jahan, started this tomb in 1622 for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg who was given the title I’timad-ud-Daulah (Pillar of the State).  The tomb was completed in 1628  just before construction started on the Taj Mahal.

It is set close to the Yamuna River in beautiful gardens.  I went a little crazy with the pictures, again, but I thought that the possibility of returning to these places was slim so fire away! More

Taj Mahal

Back of the Taj Mahal

Back of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the best known monuments in India, and maybe the world.  We arrived in Agra in the early evening, too late to visit the Taj Mahal, but perfect for a sunset view across the Yamuna River of the rear of the mausoleum.  Emperor Shah Jahan’s monument to his wife Mumtaz Mahal was started in 1632 and finished in 1648.  Instead of placing the large white marble building in the center of the grounds, like Akbar’s Mausoleum, the Taj Mahal lies at the opposite end of the gardens.  As you walk through the entrance gate and view the Taj Mahal in the distance its grandeur leaps out at you.   More