The story of Taj Mahal has inspired many across the world. Here are some replicas of Taj Mahal which have an uncanny resemblance to the original one in India.
The Taj Mahal in Agra was built by the emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Similar to this story the Mini Taj Mahal and the Red Taj were built. Interestingly, Mahabat Maqbara also has some curious resemblance to the basic structure of the Taj Mahal.
Let us have a look at some beautiful duplicates of the monument and also know about their stories!
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Bibi Ka Maqbara is popularly known as the 'Taj of the Deccan'. It is a prominent monument in Aurangabad. It was built by the Prince Azam Khan (Aurangzeb's son) in the memory of his mother. Interestingly, the architect Ata-Ullah who designed Bibi Ka Maqbara was the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the prime architect of the original Taj Mahal.
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Mini Taj Mahal
The story of Mini Taj Mahal is truly adorable and interesting. A retired post master Faizul Hasan Qadri spent all his savings to build a replica of Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife. Now, it is fondly known as the 'Mini Taj Mahal' of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.
Humayun's Tomb is older than the Taj Mahal and it was built by Akbar. Though it is built in red sandstone, the structure looks similar to the original one. It is believed that Humayun's tomb is an inspiration for the designing of Taj Mahal.
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Mahabat Maqbara was built by the Nawabs of Junagadh. Mahabat Maqbara is a palace- mausoleum which was constructed during the 18th century. It has a blend of Islamic, Hindu and European architecture. Mahabat Maqbara looks like a strange architecture but the basic structure looks like the original Taj Mahal.
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Red Taj is a special one for sure because it was built by a wife in the memory of her husband. Red Taj is a tomb of a Dutch soldier John William Hessing, constructed by his wife Ann Hessing. It is not as big or grand as the original Taj but this small architecture is one of the must visit sites in Agra.
Miniature Taj Mahal
You can also find a Mini Taj Mahal in Bangalore! Another man inspired by the symbol of love, built a small Taj Mahal in the memory of his late wife. This Taj Mahal is situated near Jayadeva hospital on Bannerghatta Road.
The Original Taj Mahal
Nothing can beat the elegance and grandeur of the Taj Mahal in Agra. This monument and the story behind its creation has inspired many around the world. Hence, there is no surprise in it being the prominent symbol of love in India.
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