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Taj Mahal Replicas In India That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Did you know that Taj Mahal has multiple replicas in India itself?
Published -26 Jun 2022, 15:00 ISTUpdated -26 Jun 2022, 14:23 IST
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Built in the 17th century, Taj Mahal is known as the symbol of love as it was made by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz. Taj Mahal took 22 years to build, is now an iconic monument and even part of the 7 wonders of the world.  Did you know that this romantic monument also has replicas in India? And not one, but multiple replicas are located in different parts of the country. Read on to know more. 

Bibi Ka Maqbara

bibi ka maqbara taj mahal replica

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Situated in Aurangabad by Prince Azam Shah, Bibi Ka Maqbara was built in 1651-61. Also known as Taj of the Deccan, this was built by the prince who is the eldest son of Aurangzeb in memory of his beloved mother, Dilras Banu Begum. The monument is strikingly similar to Taj Mahal and interestingly it was made by the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, principal architect of Taj Mahal.

Mini Taj Mahal

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This one doesn’t match up with the original Taj Mahal in beauty but the emotions are the same. Situated in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, this was made by Faizul Hasan Qadri, a postal worker in 2011 in the memory of his wife who died of Cancer. Qadri spent all his savings and family heirlooms in an attempt to make a Taj Mahal for his wife. 

Shahzadi Ka Maqbara

shahzadi ka maqbara taj mahal replica

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Situated within the Chota Imambara complex of Lucknow, Shahzadi Ka Maqbara was built in 1660. It was made in the memory of the daughter of the third emperor of Awadh, Princess Zinat Asiya. It is much smaller than the original one and also it isn’t made of marble. Instead, it is made of bricks and layered with chaste white plaster. 

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Taj Mahal, Bangalore

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Yes, you read it right. Bangalore also has its own Taj Mahal. It was built in 2015 by Malaysian artist Sekar. Not many people know about it but it's worth a visit. 

Humanyun’s Tomb

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Humanyun’s Tomb is actually older than the Taj Mahal and it is believed that the Taj Mahal’s structure was inspired by this monument. Situated in New Delhi, it was built by Akbar in red sandstone. 

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Black Taj Mahal

It is believed that Black Taj Mahal or Kaala Taj Mahal was going to be built opposite the original Taj Mahal. It is said that Shah Jahan wanted to build his own tomb in the Black Taj. Ruins of blackened marble can be found in the Moonlight Garden, Mahtab Bagh. 

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