After visiting Agra Fort I came back to my hotel and spend the rest of the day at the hotel, watching TV, taking a stroll outside and having my dinner at the in-house restaurant. I ordered the specialties of Agra for my dinner as I enjoy the local cuisines available at each place. Next day morning I went to visit the Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah Agra. I could not stop myself from explaining the beauty of the structure. As it was open from 6 am to 6 pm, I reached the place at 6.30 am. To enter the place I had to pay an entry fee of Rs.10.
The tomb is a mausoleum in Agra built on the banks of the River Yamuna. The whole structure is built in white marble and decorated with semi precious stones. The guide who accompanied us said that it was built by Nurjahan, the queen of Jahangir, in memory of her father Mirza Ghias Bag in the 17th century. The architecture is a mixture of Indian and Mughal style and reflects a strong Persian influence too. There are many pathways, fountains and gardens surrounding it, and making it a favorite place for the tourists. I walked on the lawn for half an hour, enjoying the fresh morning air. There were a many other visitors also strolling around alone or with their companions. After walking if you wanted to rest, there were benches on the garden
The tomb is also called ‘Jewel Box’ because from far it looks like a jewel box put in a garden. It is also called ‘Baby Taj’. The mausoleum covers an area of twenty three square meters and it has a square base of 50 square meters. There are hexagonal towers at each corner of the base, each of which has a height of 13 meters. The walls made of white marble, has very delicate netlike screens to allow the light to reach to the interior. The Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah Agra is a small structure but very beautiful. You must never miss a chance to visit the place if you happen to visit Agra.