Bibi Ka Maqbara (Tomb of the Lady)
The Bibi Ka Maqbara (built 1651-61) in Aurangabad looks strikingly similar to the original Taj in Agra, so it is often called the Taj of the Deccan. It is one of the famous monuments in Aurangabad said to have been built by Prince Azam Shah (the eldest son of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb) to commemorate his beloved mother, Dilras Banu Begum. Interestingly, it was designed by Ata-ullah, who was the son of the principal architect of Taj Mahal, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
The mausoleum is set on a raised plinth with four towering minarets surrounding it. An octagonal lattice screen of marble with exquisite designs encloses the raised platform, supporting Dilras Banu Begum’s grave inside the tomb. It looks resplendent in the morning, when the sun’s rays cast a reflection of the monument on the water.