Bibi Ka Maqbara means the Lady’s Tomb. It was built by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurungzeb in the memory of his late wife Dilras Banu Begum who was also known as Rabia-and-Durami. It is a smaller form replica of the beautiful Taj Mahal built by his father Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. A symbol of remembrance, Bibi Ka Maqbara is almost indistinguishable from another memento of love and its inspiration, the Taj Mahal. It might be a derivative of the Taj but the mausoleum stands proud as an expression of a son’s love for his mother and has its own wandering evocations. Also called the Tomb of the Lady, Bibi Ka Maqbara was designed by Ataullah, the son of Ahmad Lahauri, the architect of the Taj Mahal which explains its appearance heavily based on the prime marvel.
History Of Bibi-ka-Maqbara
The Maqbara was built between 1651-1661 A.D. Aurangzeb was not interested in constructing this mausoleum and hence, he was not keen on spending much wealth. The cost of constructing the Maqbara is believed to be only seven lakhs! A meagre amount as compared to 32 million spent on building the Taj Mahal. He even blocked the movement of marbles from various parts of the country and delayed the construction work. But today, the fact remains that the Bibi-ka-Maqbara is the largest monument that Aurangzeb has to his credit. Azam Shah was strongly influenced by his grandfather Shah Jahan who built the Taj for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal but surely lacked the access to the royal treasury and the skilled labourers as well. That results in a poor imitation of the original masterpiece. Bibi-ka-Maqbara was designed by Ata-Allah, son of Ustad Ahmed Lahauri, the chief architect behind the Taj Mahal.
Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001, India. It is located approximately 3 km from the city center.
Everyday 08:00 am to 08:00 pm or Sunset whichever is earlier.
Rs. 15/- per person for Indian Tourists and Rs.200/- per person for foreign tourists.
Best Time To Visit:
October to March would be the best time to visit this place as the weather remains very pleasant.
How To Reach Bibi ka Maqbara
Nearest Railway Station to Bibi Ka Maqbara: Aurangabad Railway Station is 6 km from Bibi Ka Maqbara. The fastest train from Mumbai is Aurangabad Jan Shatabdi Express.
Nearest Airport to Bibi Ka Maqbara: Aurangabad Airport in Chikkalthana is 11 km from Bibi Ka Maqbara. There are flights available from Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.
Nearest Metro Station to Bibi Ka Maqbara: The metro station in Aurangabad is under construction.
Nearest Bus Stand to Bibi Ka Maqbara: Central Bus Stand is the nearest bus stand near Bibi Ka Maqbara and the distance between the two is 3.4 km.
Near By Attraction
4.Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival
Interesting fact about the Bibi-ka-Maqbara
1. Bibi ka Maqbara is an exquisite example of Mughal architecture style, and pertaining to the same has been laid down in the form of a Charbagh Garden. The main cenotaph is situated centrally in the complex and pillared canopies are situated in the north, east and western part of the premise wall. The mausoleum is built atop a high square platform and has four spires on each of its corners. A mosque is also situated towards the western end of Bibi ka Maqbara.
2.s you enter the mausoleum through the main entrance gate on its south, you will encounter an embellished brass plate which is ornamented with designs of foliage. A screened pathway adorning a series of fountains comes in next, which leads the way to Dilras Banu Begum's final resting place.
3. The cenotaph is encased with marble up to the dado level, above which a basaltic trap has been constructed up to the base of the dome. The basaltic trap is further covered with plaster covers which are embellished with intricate stucco decorations. The remains of Rabia Daurani are placed underground and are surrounded by marble honeycomb 'jaalis' which are beautifully decorated. The roof is octagonal in shape and corresponds to the ground level of the mausoleum. This makes the tomb viewable from the ground level through this octagonal opening. The mausoleum is crowned by a dome has intricate screen work and is further decorated with flower designs.