After visiting a mandir, which a sacred place for all Hindus, I decided to again have a look at the beauties made by the Mughals during their time. One place which pulled me towards itself is the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah Agra. I had heard a lot about this place even before coming to Agra because it is the first tomb in India built entirely out of marble. As learned by me after reaching the place, the Itimad-ud-Daulah was actually a title meaning “pillar of state” given by emperor Jahangir to his chief minister or Wazir Ghiyas Beg. Noor Jahan, the daughter of Ghiyas Beg or wife of Jahangir had built this tomb in the memory of her beloved father.
The tomb was very beautifully crafted with Indian-Islamic fusion style and confers to the Islamic style of architecture. The arched entrance and octagonal shaped towers pointed towards Persian influence whereas the absence of dome and presence of canopies pointed towards Indian influence. It looks like a jewel box in a garden if viewed from a far off distance and this place also influenced the building of Taj Mahal later on.
The place was easy to reach and is located at the old city area of Agra and we all were charged Rs 10 as an entry fee whereas the foreigners were charged Rs 110 for the same. I noticed that entry of children below 15 years of age was free of cost and the site is opened on all days for people to come and witness the beauty of the place. I usually love partying day-night and performing all sorts of adventure sports scuba diving, mountain biking and others but such type of craft and beauty amazes me a lot and the semi-precious stones dazzled me a lot. We all clicked a few pictures of the place from outside and due to location being on the banks of Yamuna, we were able to take snaps of some extraordinary scenic beauty too.
After a great time at tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah Agra we decided to have some food and then move onto the very next destination for some more insight about the history of India.