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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bibi Ka Maqbara [Aurangabad]

Bibi Ka Maqbara is a tomb built by Prince Azam Shah, son of Emperor Aurangzeb,one of the Mughal Emperors, in the late 17th century as a loving tribute to his mother, Rabia Durrani alias Dilras Banu Begum. The comparison to the Taj Mahal has resulted in a general ignorance of the monument. This monument is also called the Dakkhani Taj or the Taj of the Deccan.

It is situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The monument's name translates literally to 'Tomb of the Lady', but has earned the nickname 'poor man’s Taj' because it was originally planned to rival the Taj Mahal but was prevented from doing so due to budgetary constraints.