Itmad ud Daula is the first tomb in India that is made up entirely out of marble. It is located in the old city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Because of this fact, Itmad ud daula has a special place in history as well as in architecture world. Commonly called as “Baby Taj Mahal” or “Jewel Box”, this tomb is said to inspire construction of Taj Mahal in the later years.General conception is that Taj Mahal is the only or the first tomb constructed entirely with marble.
This tomb is of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. He was father-in-law of Jahangir, who married his beautiful daughter Noor Jahan. Jahangir conferred the title of Itmad-ud-daula or ‘Pillar of the Empire’ to his father-in-law. After his death, in year 1622, Noor Jahan ordered construction of the tomb. This exquisite monument is a tribute to his father.
Itmad ud Daula is purely white and overlooks the river of Yamuna. If we take a bird-eye view, it looks like a jewel box set. The tomb of Itmad ud Daula is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. You will find very rare and minute nakashhi all over it. This place is well maintained and very clean.
Location: Old Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
When to visit : Open throughout the year.
Entrance Fee: Foreigners: Rs 110/-
Indians: INR Rs 10/-
Children below 15 years of age are allowed free entry.