Bibi Ka Maqbara: A majestic structure from the Mughal era
Located in Aurangabad, Bibi Ka Maqbara is a magnificent tomb exhibiting exceptional architectural beauty. It was constructed under the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb in the memory of his first wife Rabia-Ul-Daurani aka Dilras Banu Begum. This famous 17th-century structure will undergo scientific conservation as per the recent statement by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
This epitome of love is impeccably designed with white marbles covering an area of over 15,000 square feet. It is surrounded by pillared pavilions, bastions, and arched recesses with pilasters topped with four small minarets, each with a height of 72 feet and featuring 144 stairs leading to the top.
Displaying the architectural grandeur of the Mughal era, Bibi Ka Maqbara has several other attractions within.
- Char Bagh Gardens: With pathways and 61 fountains, these four gardens are designed in the typical Char Bagh style.
- Main Mausoleum: This is the main building of the Mausoleum where visitors can see the queen’s tomb.
- Water Channels: These water channels enhance the beauty of the structure which were originally constructed to nurture the gardens.
- Ornamental Elements: Decorative elements are considered as the major characteristics of the Mughal era to enhance the beauty of the mausoleum. These include stucco painting, marble screens with intricate lattice works, calligraphy, and mosaic works, among others.
Don’t miss visiting this marvel gracing Aurangabad!
Last modified: February 10, 2021