Delhi to agra by car will take you to Baby Taj. It is also called as Itmad-ud-Daula Maqbara. It is situated in Agra. Agra is in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is called baby Taj because it is regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It looks very similar to the Taj Mahal. It was built in 6 years. It was built from 1622 to 1628.
Presence of Outlying Buildings
There are many kinds of buildings and Gardens in the baby Taj.
The Transition between the 2 Phases
Baby Taj is a monument that represents the transition between the two phases of monumental Mughal architecture. The first phase represented the monuments which were built from Red sandstone with marble decorations. The monuments which were built in the first phase during the Mughal period war Humayun’s tomb in Delhi and Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra. In the second phase, the monumental Mughal architecture took another turn and most of the monuments were made using the white marble. The Taj Mahal is the best monument to represent the second phase of monumental Mughal architecture.
The Constructor of Baby Taj
On golden triangle tour packages india a little view of baby taj you enjoy. The monument was constructed by Noor Jahan. She was the wife of Jahangir. Jahangir was the son of Akbar Darr. The meaning of Jahangir is the Conqueror of the world.
For Mirza Ghiyas Beg
The baby Taj was constructed for Mirza Ghiyas Beg by his daughter Noor Jahan. He was a very important Persian official and he played big roles in decision making of the Mughal Empire. He was the father of Mumtaz Mahal.
It is situated on the eastern bank of the Yamuna River. There is a big Garden where there are water courses and walkways. The watercourses and walkways are in the shape that forms Crisscross. The area where it is spread is about 23 metres square. The base of the monument is about 50 metres square. The height is about 1 metre. There are hexagonal Towers on each corner. This hexagon and towers are 13 metres tall.
Similarities with the Taj
The hexagon towers are equivalent to the 4 minarets of the Taj Mahal. The Dome in the centre of the Taj Mahal is also inspired by a dome in the baby Taj. There is a long Taj Garden. The Taj Garden is also similar to the garden which is constructed in front of the baby Taj.
The Architecture of Baby Taj
The architecture of the Baby Taj is very beautiful. There is the Char Bagh. These are the four gardens which are present in this Persian style of garden. This kind of garden is also called as Garden of Paradise. It is believed that there are 4 gardens which are divided by the four waterways or walkways. These waterways are believed to represent water, milk, wine, and honey; as believed to be in the paradise. This gives a great entrance to the tomb. It seems that the soul is resting in paradise in peace. On taj mahal tour from delhi must visit baby taj.