Next stop was Agra which is home to the Taj Mahal. If you are in Agra you are there to see the Taj but many people might miss another beautiful historic land mark: Itman-ud-Daula’s Tomb. His tomb is also considered the “baby Taj” and was the first tomb to be constructed using white marble instead of red sandstone. It is said this tomb was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed for his wife but his mausoleum was much more grandiose. Even though this tomb is smaller than the Taj Mahal it is just as gorgeous in its own right.
Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra.
The gorgeous persian style ceiling right when you enter the tomb. Daula's tomb is arguably the first fully persian style tomb in India.
The tile floor right as you walk into the tomb.
The walls are white marble from Rajasthan encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations - cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz.
The stones are formed into images of cypress trees and wine bottles, or more elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets.
Light penetrates to the interior of the tomb through delicate jālī screens of intricately carved white marble. One is pictured behind where Chase Bray sits admiring the intricacy of the marble work.
Looking out from the tomb at one of the four gates.
A view of the Yamuna river and the city of Agra.
People and water buffaloes swim in the Yamuna river behind the tomb. This river also runs behind the Taj Mahal.
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