Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Agra

Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb

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    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 6.30 PM

Fondly called the Baby Taj, the Itmad-ud-Daula was most likely the inspiration of the construction of the Taj Mahal many years later. It is the tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in Shah Jahan’s court and the father of Noor Jahan, who ordered its construction after his death in 1622. Itmad-ud-Daula means Pillar of the Empire and was the title given to Mir Ghiyas Beg by Jahangir.

The Itmad-ud-Daula was the first tomb in India that was built completely out of marble. It is intricately carved completely out of white marble and is one of the pinnacles of Mughal architecture in Agra. When seen from above, the Itmad-ud-Daula looks like a jewel box placed in the middle of a beautiful garden on the banks of the River Yamuna.

The fine detail from floor to ceiling of this tomb probably remains unmatched. Its paintings and carvings reflect a tireless and undying passion for detail and quality and they depict craftsmanship of years gone by that can only be admired in the present. A visit to the Itmad-ud-Daula should be followed by a visit to the Taj Mahal to see the differences in style and designs.

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  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Nitu

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  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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Deepak Varit

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  • Posted Jan 15, 2017
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Mahua Mukherjee

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  • Mahua Mukherjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 14 photos
  • 24 Reviews
  •  30 helpful votes
  •  28433 readers

"Don't miss this"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 1, 2016
This tomb which is just a few kilometres away from the Agra fort is a must visit when you are arriving at Agra. The entire structure along with all the artistry will take you back to those glorious days of the Mughals. The premise is well maintained and the view of the Yamuna is excellent especially in the evening when the cool breeze makes you feel so relaxed. The bridges across the river and the buildings on the other side of the river are an eyesore but then that's the price we have to pay to be modern. One needs to open your shoes and go inside the mausoleum and whatever is left of this beautiful piece of art is a must go. Here you won't be bothered by touts or guides or hawkers so you can go around in peace.
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Aakash Nath

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  • Aakash Nath
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 32 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1196 readers

"Worth a visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2016
A place surely to make your shortlist for Agra destinations. It's laden with historical significance and architectural marvel. It's a paradise for any photography or bistro freak.
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Kanchan Raitani

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  • Kanchan Raitani
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 55 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  74 helpful votes
  •  20250 readers

"A fantastic experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2015
By far, the best place to be visited in Agra. I was impressed with this place much much more than the Taj Mahal. The place is beautiful. It is not so crowded and noisy, its vastness. One can sit there in the quiet and relax. There is a beautiful wind even in the afternoon as the place is open from all sides and next to a river. One can enter the room where the tomb stones are kept. All in all, a fantastic experience!
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nonu5007

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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Nice historic place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2015
Nice historic place to visit when present in Agra, a great structure needs to be taken more care by government to have this property preserved and available for the newer generation to revisit the history.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Jewel Box , Baby Taj"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2015
The First Glimpse of this beautiful building, like the Taj Mahal makes you definitely attractive and surprise. This Mughal Mausoleum is the Tomb Of I'timad Ud Daulah, regarded as a copy of Taj Mahal and described as Jewel Box and also Baby Taj. This Tomb is of Mirza Ghiyas Beg father of Empress Nur Jahan, who was given the title of I'timad Ud Daulah and he was also the grandfather of Empress Mumtaz Mahal. Empress Nur Jahan was responsible for this magnificent construction.

Located on the right bank of Yamuna on a one meter elevated platform of 50 meters square and 23 square meters is covered by the mausoleum, having hexagonal Towers on each corner. Walls are of White marble procured from Rajsthan and decorated by semi precious stones, used Cornelian, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx and Topaz to form the images of Cypress trees and wine bottles, like cut fruits, vases containing Bouquets. Elegantly used Pietra Dura, Dado and special ceramic type of inlay in numerous colors. Light penetrate through delicate Jalli Screens of beautifully Carved marble. Many of Nur Janhan's relative are resting here. Interior decoration is inspired by the Taj Mahal. The only lacking symmetry factor of the entire complex is that the commemoration of her father and mother have been set side-by-side, a creation reproduced in the Taj Mahal. The mausoleum is set in a like large cross garden cross-crossed by water streams and foot paces. It was constructed in between 1622 and 1628 and was the initiative to change the Mughals Architectural first phase Red Stone Style to second phase White marble.
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Debjyoti Dey

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  • Debjyoti Dey
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
  •  2325 readers

"Under-rated place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2015
This is a highly underrated place and I don't know of anyone who includes this in their pre-fixed itinerary. This marble mausoleum, shaped as a jewellery box, is more beautiful than its more famous cousin, the Taj. Must visit.
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Partha Guhathakurta

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  • 21 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  14457 readers

"A small tomb but fantastic in artistic finesse"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2015
This is a tomb built before Taj Mahal but the artistic finesse is at par with great Taj. It was built by empress Noorjehan in memory of his father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. The ornamentation of this tomb was almost at par with Taj. Only the colour used here are less and no red or green was used in this tomb unlike Taj Mahal. This small fantastic tomb by the side of river Yamuna almost makes you feel like revisiting a small artistic place. This time we found it was being cleaned and the original brightness appeared in those places where the cleaning completed.
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Vishakha Saboo

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"A beautiful monument"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2014
Also known as Baby Taj, the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a monument that marks the transition of the architectural style. From Red agra stone to the white sangmarmar (marble). It houses various tombs of the Mughal Emperors and their wives and children. It has a network of sunken waterways and channels that used to beautify the monument in the past. You can have a view of the Yamuna river, which is mostly dry and polluted now. However, you can capture beautiful photographs and relive the era of the Mughal dynasty.
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Kanchan Raitani

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  • Kanchan Raitani
  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  74 helpful votes
  •  20250 readers

"Beautiful and not crowded"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 24, 2014
By far, the best place to be visited in Agra. I was impressed with this place much much more than the Taj Mahal. The place is beautiful. It is not so crowded and noisy, its vast. One can sit there in the quiet and relax. There is a beautiful wind even in the afternoon as the place is open from all sides and next to a river. One can enter the room where the tombstones are kept. All in all, a fantastic experience!
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