Bibi ka Maqbara - Overview


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Bibi ka Maqbara or the Tomb of the Lady was built by Aurangzeb as a memorial for his wife Dilras Banu Begum. She was the chief wife of the emperor. The structure of the tomb is same like that of Taj Mahal and so it is called Dakkhani Taj or the Taj of the Deccan. Aurangzeb did not build many monuments as he had no interest in architecture.

Dakkhani Taj

Aurangabad

Aurangabad was established by Malik Amber in 1610. The city is popular for Ajanta caves, Ellora caves, Bibi ka Maqbara and other structures. The city got its name after it was captured by Aurangzeb. The original name of the city was Khadki and Malik Amber made it his capital.

Khadki

He was the prime minister of Murtaza Nizam who was the Shah of Ahmednagar. The name of Khadki was changed to Fatehnagar when Fateh Khan succeeded Murtaza Nizam. Finally, the city was captured by Mughals and Aurangzeb named it as Aurangabad.

Visiting Hours

The tomb is opened for the public from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The tomb is opened on all the days of the week including the public holidays. It takes around one to two hours to visit the tomb.

Tickets

The tourists have to pay an entry fee to visit the tomb. The cost of tickets for domestic tourists is Rs. 10 per head and foreign tourists have to pay Rs. 250 per head. Children below age of 15 have free entry.

Best time to visit

The period of June to March is the best time to visit the Bibi ka Maqbara and Aurangabad as the climate is very pleasant. In the remaining months of April and May, the temperature is very hot and the climate is unsuitable for visiting the tomb.

Where to Stay?

There are more than 200 hotels in India and tourists can enjoy their stay according to their budget. The hotels available in the city range from inexpensive hotels to expensive five-star hotels. Some of these hotels are as follows −

  • Five-Star Hotels

    • VITS Hotel located at Station Road

    • Welcom Hotel Rama International located at Chikhalthana

    • Ambassador Ajanta located at Cidco

    • Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad located at Rauza Bagh

  • Four-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Silver Inn located Seven Hills Flyover, Jalna Road

    • Hotel Platinum Inn located at Cidco

    • The Meadows located at Mitmita

    • Lemon Tree Hotel located at Chikkalthana

    • Hotel Windsor Castle located at Cidco

  • Three-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Krishna Inn located at Khadeshwar

    • Hotel New Bharti located at Station Road

    • Hotel Girnar located at Adalat Road

    • Hotel Kohinoor Plaza located at New Samarth Nagar

    • Hotel Ira Executive located at Samarth Nagar

  • Budget or Two-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Atithi located at Jalna Road

    • Hotel Darshan Executive located at Manjeetnagar

    • Hotel The Leaf located at located Besides HPCL, MGM Road

    • Hotel Preetam located at Station Road

    • Hotel Shiv Tej Residency located at Padampura Road

  • Cheap or One-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Shangrila Executive located at Mayanagar

    • Hotel Tourist Ashoka located at Station Road

    • Hotel New Ludhiana Dhaba located near Kangar Chowk

    • Hotel Morya Palace located at Station Road

    • Hotel Holiday Era Lodging located at Disha Nagar opposite Railway Station



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