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Itmad-ud-Daulah in Agra

·  Summer: April-June (21°C - 45°C)
·  Winter: November-March (1°C - 23°C)
·  Monsoon: June-October

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: 

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 15
Children:  N/A
Cameras:  N/A
Video Camera:  INR 25
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 110
Children:  N/A
Cameras:  N/A
Video Camera:  INR 25
The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, a majestic structure which clearly distinguishes the two phases of Mughal architecture, stands unaffected by the signs of aging. When in Agra, you get completely enthralled by the sheer architectural brilliance of the grand structures all around and this tomb is certainly among the top-rankers. Built entirely in white marble and adorned exquisitely with semi-precious stones like jasper, onyx, topaz and cornelian, it is believed to be the inspiration for Taj Mahal. Built from 1622-1628, the tomb is the burial place of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, an important minister and father-in-law of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Beg was bestowed upon with the title of ‘Itamad-ud-Daulah’, which means ‘the pillar of the state’ by Jahangir.

The breathtakingly beautiful structure stands on the bank of River Yamuna and is surrounded by the Persian-style Mughal gardens. The entrance gateway to the structure is a massive red sandstone structure, a marvel in itself. From a distance, the tomb appears as a jewel box and offers soul-touching appearance with hexagonal towers at each of the four corners.

If the exteriors leave the visitors awe-struck, the interiors of the tomb are unbelievably captivating. Stuccos and paintings representing trees, wine bottles, fruits and vases and intricately designed screens promise outstanding treat to the eyes. In the centre are the cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and his wife. Don’t visit the place in a hurry as you would like to spend hours exploring it fully.

Road: The wide and well-maintained road connecting Agra Fort with Ram Bagh leads to the monument. Auto-rickshaws (locally called tuk-tuk) are the cheapest mode to access the place from different parts of Agra. Cabs and cycle-rickshaws are also available.

Railway: Yamuna Bridge Railway Station is less than a km. from the tomb. Other good choices are Agra Fort Railway Station (about 3 km. away), Belanganj Railway Station (about 2 km. away) and Agra City Railway Station (about 2.5 km. away). You can prefer to walk from any of these stations to reach the monument.

Airway: About 9 km. from this tourist attraction is the domestic airport of Agra. Taxis and auto-rickshaws from the airport can be used for the further journey.