Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah in Agra

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah Overview

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Three kilometres north of Agra Fort on the east bank of the Yamuna sits the ethereal tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Also known as Mirza Ghiyas Beg, he was the chief treasurer of his son-in-law Emperor Jahangir’s empire. It was Jahangir who bestowed upon him the title of Itimad-ud-Daula, which means Pillar of the State.

The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is also popularly known as the Jewel Box or Baby Taj as it looks like a smaller version of the Taj Mahal. It is believed that this tomb was the inspiration behind the construction of the Taj Mahal. The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah was commissioned by Nur Jehan, wife of Jahangir and daughter of Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Instead of a dome, the tomb has a small rooftop canopy and has squat minarets attached to all four corners of the building. Situated in the middle of the Charbagh style gardens, the tomb was one of the first Mughal buildings in Agra to be made entirely out of marble and is famous for its extravagant inlay work. Elegant Persian motifs such as wine vases, trees and flowers adorn the monument and add to its charm.

  • Opening Closing Time Sunrise to sunset (Daily)

  • Entrance Fee Rs. 15 (Indians) Rs. 110 (foreigners)

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Agra (3 kilometers north of the Agra Fort)