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Bibi ka Maqbara


What :

The Bibi ka Maqbara was built in 1678 by Azam Shah as a loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Often referred to as "The Deccani Taj," the tomb was created as an intentional rival to Agra’s Taj Mahal.

The tomb stands in the midst of spectacularly landscaped lawns and gardens with ponds, fountains, water channels, and a reflecting pool mingling throughout the grounds. The entire compound is enclosed by high walls, lending the appearance of a fortified structure to the ancient tomb’s mausoleum and gardens.

Though on a much smaller scale than the Taj Mahal, Bibi ka Maqbara is no less grand, and the intricate lattice windows and detailed inlays in the structure are equally awe inspiring.

When :

The Bibi ka Maqbara’s gardens are at their best during the rainy season between July and September. The best weather for visiting the tomb is between October and March, and the average temperatures are the highest between April and June.

Where :

The Bibi Ka Maqbara can be found in Aurangabad city in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra. The mausoleum and gardens are best reached by a private vehicle while visiting the area on one of our luxury tours of India.

Who :

The Mughal emperors who ruled much of India left behind some of the most stunning architectural works in the world, and the Bibi ka Maqbara is a splendid example that should not be missed while traveling with us on an India tour.

Appropriate Attire :

Dress for warm weather, but remember there is a functioning mosque on the grounds that will require shoulders, arms, and knees to be covered if you plan to enter the sanctuary.

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