The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is another marble mausoleum in Agra. It is called as the Baby Taj. The structure of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a rough draft of Taj Mahal. The tomb contains the remains of parents of Nur Jahan, mother of Shah Jahan. She was a Persian princess and she was a powerful political power after her husband died. The term Itimad-ud-Daulah means pillar of the state and it denotes Nur Jahan’s father who was a minister in the court of Mughals.
The Itimad-ud-Daulah tomb is the first marble mausoleum in the country. It is located on the banks of the river, which gives an additional aesthetic effect to the tomb.
The tomb is open from 6 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening. The best time to visit the tomb is right before sunset. This is the right time for photographers to capture the real beauty of the place.
The tomb has gardens crisscrossed with walkways and watercourses. The gardens surround the tomb. The tomb is built on a square platform. The tomb is square shaped and on each corner, there is a hexagonal tower.
The walls are made of Rajasthani marbles decorated with semi-precious stones. The walls are decorated with paintings of flower, cypress trees and wine bottles. Wine bottles indicate the excessive drinking problem of Nur Jahan’s husband, according to some literature. You can find the cenotaphs of the queen’s father and mother inside the tomb.
Indians are charged 20 INR per head and the foreigners are charged 210 INR per head. Ticket for carrying a video camera is 25 INR.
Guides are not available.
Mirza Beg is a Persian who came to India due to poverty. On the way, his wife gave birth to a girl baby. They decided to abandon the baby due to poverty but they did not have a heart to do so. The girl brought luck to them as they found a carriage that took them to the court of Akbar. While under the rule of Akbar, Beg became a trusted worker and an important minister in the court. He also had a son. His daughter Nurwas married off to a Persian but returned as a widow in the same year. Akbar’s son fell in love with Nur and married her. She became an important political figure. When Beg died, his daughter Nur ordered to build this tomb in memory of her father. Her son, Shah Jahan fell in love with her brother’s daughter, Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of the tomb started in 1622 and ended after 6 years.