Best time to visitArond the year
Open hoursAll Days 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to doHistorical culture, photography
BudgetINR 10/person (Indians), INR 250/person (Foreigner)
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank4 out of 48 attractions in Aurangabad
The Bibi Ka Maqbara is just a maqbara positioned in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. It had been developed by Azam Shah, boy of Aurangzeb, in 1678 in storage of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum.
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Reviews of Bibi Ka Maqbara • 8
After the scrumptious meal, around 3.30 pm, we took an auto to Paanchakki – Water Mill (Rs. 60 – had to bargain here from Rs. 80). Paanchakki is attached to the dargah of Baba Shah Musafir, a Sufi saint is located in a garden near the Mahumed Darwaza and consist of a Mosque, Madrassa, Kacheri, Minister’s house, Sarai and houses for Zananas. There was a 600 years old Banyan tree next to the cistern. The arrangement is such that the water is made to fall into the Panchakki cistern from quite a height in order to generate the necessary power to drive the mill. We went around exploring the area, and left Paanchakki by 4.30 pm. Hired an auto again for Rs. 40 to Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. We got the tickets (Rs. 15/- per head), went in, being Saturday, it was crowded. (Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is a beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1661 A.D. This mausoleum draws its inspiration from the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra and hence it is rightly known as the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan).
Bibi ka MaqbaraAfter exploring Ajanta caves we came back to Aurangabad and visit this monument called Bibi ka Maqbara which also called replica of the great Taj Mahal.
Bibi Ka Maqbara is a not as breathtaking as the Taj Mahal, which it inevitably draws comparison from. Neverthless, it is worth a visit!
The most beautiful monument of Aurangabad according to me. Bibi ka Maqbara is an exact replica of the Taj Mahal. This is the tomb of Aurangzeb's wife built by her son. The place is open till 10 pm at night but unfortunately there is minimum light in the compound. However, it was a full moon night and the monument shone brilliantly. This should definitely be visited in the morning.
The tomb of Rabia Durani, wife of Emperor Aurangazeb is an excellent example of Persian architecture. It is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal though less ornamental.
Would you believe if one were to tell you that India is the proud home of not one but two Taj Mahals? Probably not! But it is a fact that a monument identical to the Taj stands in Aurangabad in Maharashtra and it is lovingly called the Mini Taj of the Deccan. The monument is Bibi Ka Maqbara built by Aurangzeb’s son, Azam Shah, in 1660 as a loving tribute to his mother, Dilras Bano Begam. Interestingly, while the Begum nestles in the magnificent structure, the austere Moghal emperor chose to be laid in and commemorated with touching simplicity. Aurangzeb’s tomb is also in Aurangabad at Khuldabad en route Daulatabad Fort. It is a simple latticed enclosure with whitewashed walls, a small marble railing, erected 200 years later, and a tomb marked by the white cotton sheet spread over it to delimit the modesty of his desires.