One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is an iconic structure. In 1632, when Shah Jahan started building the Taj Mahal to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, many others were inspired to make replicas of the structure. Taj Mahal replicas can be found at various places around the world. Here are some of the most beautiful replicas of Taj Mahal.
1) Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad
Also called “the poor man’s Taj Mahal”, Bibi ka Maqbara was the only edifice Aurangzeb built during his reign. In case you didn’t know, Aurangzeb was the son of Mumtaz Mahal, the woman for whom Taj Mahal was built. Of all the Taj Mahal lookalikes, this comes the closest in scale. Just like Taj Mahal, this Structure was also made of marble from Jaipur. The mausoleum was intended to rival Taj Mahal, but because of the budgetary restraints put by Aurangzeb, the structure just ended up being a replica of Taj Mahal.
2) Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh
Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh is Gujarat’s replica of the Taj. The structure has a mixture of European, Islamic and Hindu styles and has Gothic columns, French windows, marble jalis and silver doors. The four minarets have a spiral stairway built around it. The Mahabat Maqbara has the tomb of Mahabat Khan II. Although a protected building, the structure is in a state of utter despair.
3) Red Taj, Agra
Another Taj in Agra, the Red Taj is often left unexplored by tourists who come to Agra. The Red Taj was built by Ann Hessing as a tomb for her husband John William Hessing. The Red Taj is one fifth the size of the original Taj and doesn’t have ony of those fine marble works.
4) Shahzadi Ka Maqbara, Lucknow
Shahzadi ka Maqbara houses the tomb of one of the princess of the royal family. The replica is made of bricks that are covered with white plaster to give it the look of marble. Just opposite this structure lies an identical formation that balances the entire formation design. There are also symmetrical gardens in the monument complex.
5) Monument of Love, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
When Tajamulli Begum died due to throat cancer in 2011, her husband Faizul Hasan Qadri decided to devote all his finances for setting up a mini Taj Mahal. Three years later the construction came to a halt because he had no finance left. Let’s just hope he gets to see the completed structure before he dies.
6) Taj of Bangalore, Bangalore
Situated near Jayadeva hospital on Bannerghatta Road, the Taj of Bangalore is another replica of Taj Mahal which was built in 2015 by Malaysian architect Sekar. The structure is 40 feet tall and 70 feet by 70 feet wide.
In the end, the real Taj Mahal is the real beauty.