Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bibi-Ka-Maqbara

Built in the late 17th century, known as the Taj of Deccan, this mausoleum is a tribute to Aurangazeb's (loving?) wife, Rabia Duram alias Dilras Banu Begum. It was built by her son Prince Azam Shah.

Bibi-Ka-Maqbara in Aurangabad, the Taj of Deccan
Bibi-Ka-Maqbara now stands in the Begumpura area of the Aurangabad city. The area resembles a lot like the Ravivar Peth area in Pune.

Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is another example of the typical muslim architecture. Truly speaking, if you have seen one Muslim architectural building, there's nothing new to see in any of the others. They are just the same...similar outlines, structures, all with minarets, and towers.

With Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, you can start your tour of Aurangabad. Make sure that you reach before sunset. Although the place is open till ten in the night, it is rather dull to look at the huge sturcture in the night because of the lack of proper lightning. With good lights around, the structure should have dazzled and looked beautiful. But with minimum lights, it could be a disappointment in the night.

And after having a look at this, you might decide that after all, it's really not necessary to visit the Taj.