We all love Taj Mahal as much as the love story behind it. Amongst the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal is undoubtedly one of the finest pieces of Mughal Architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history.
A lot of you may not know, but there’s another look alike monument coming from the same family which ruled India for a number of centuries.
No, No.. it’s not Taj Mahal.
It’s called Bibi Ka Maqbara. And it is located in Aurangabad in Maharashtra state.
While Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum was built by Aurangzeb’s son and Shah Jahan’s grandson Azam Shah for his mother Dilras Banu Begum.
Due to its striking similarity to the Taj, it is known as Dakkhani Taj.
An interesting fact about this monuments is that It is also known as poor man’s Taj owing to the low-quality materials used for its construction because of the financial restrictions imposed by Aurangzeb.
Aurangzeb allocated a mere ₹700,000 for its construction as opposed to ₹32 million and 20,000 artisans that went into building the Symbol of Love – Taj Mahal.
Considering the historic significance of Bibi Ka Maqbara, it is definitely a place worth exploring.
With inputs from Wikipedia
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