If You Love The Taj Mahal, Here Are Some Beautifully Created Tombs In India You Must Not Miss
If you are a fan of architectural marvels from the Mughal era, you must have visited the Taj Mahal and appreciated the beauty with all your heart. But do you know you might be missing out on a lot of these amazing examples of art if you haven’t visited the many other tombs, or as they’re called, Maqbaras of the imperials.
Here are just 16 of them for you to add to your bucket list.
1. Mahabat Maqbara – The Beautiful Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai in Junagarh, Gujarat
2. Bibi ka Maqbara – The Taj of the Deccan for Dilras Banu Begum built by Aurangzeb’s son for his mother in Begumpura, Aurangabad
3. Humayun’s Tomb – The architectural marvel in Delhi that contains the grave of Emperor Humayun
4. Bahu Begum ka Maqbara – The Tomb of Queen Bride Begum Unmatuzzohra Bano alias Bahu Begum, a striking specimen of non-Mughal Muslim Architecture in Ayodhya
5. Akbar’s Tomb – The gorgeous tomb of the greatest Mughal Emperor in Sikandra, Agra
6. Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani (Hira Kunwari) – The tomb that Jahangir built for his mother & the Hindu Consort of Emperor Akbar, Bainpur Mustkil, Agra
7. Tomb of Adam Khan – The artistic and historical gem near Qutub Minar for Adam Khan, executed on orders of Emperor Akbar, Mehrauli
8. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah – The red stone and white marble marvel known as ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ and ‘Jewel Box’ in Agra
9. Saidanima’s Tomb – The official of the Inner Royal Court of the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad, in the memory of Saidani Maa, his mother in Hyderabad
10. Tomb of Sher Shah Suri – The beautiful memory of the defeater of the Mughal empire in Sasaram, Bihar
11. Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb – The artwork with two mosques, a madarsa, and beautiful Mughal garden, made with Persian architectural in Thanesar, Haryana
12. Gol Gumbaz, the Mausoleum at Gumbaz – Surrounded by lush green Cypress trees, this tomb has been built over the grave of Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur.
13. Hazira Maqbara – The typically Mughal creation made in 1586 that contains the graves of Salim’s teacher Qutb-ud-din Muhammad Khan, Danteshwar, Vadodara, Gujarat
14. Safdarjung’s Tomb – The last example of the tombs made in ‘Humayun’s Tomb’ style architecture, made in the memory of Mirza Muqim Abul-Mansur Khan in Delhi
15. Tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq – The Mystical Maqbara of the first Tughlaq ruler of India built in New Delhi
16. Chini-ka-Rauza – The Persian-style Tomb of Scholar and Poet Allama Afzal Khan Mullah of Shiraz in Agra
Here’s a zoomed in view of the original intricate paintings on the Tomb that are almost gone.
Have you visited any of these tombs? Share your experiences with us and if you think there are more such beautiful buildings that should be more valued.