The beauty of Road trips are the hidden gems that you chance upon! Look at one that we happened to chance upon in Auranagbad........
This monument is called Bibi Ka Maqbara or locally Mini
Tajmahal. I haven't yet had a chance to visit Taj Mahal yet ~~ but am told this is a true replica(though less grander) of Taj Mahal...
"Bibi ka Maqbara" was started by Aurangazeb in honor of his first wife, Dilras
Banu Begum and was completed by his son. Co-incidentally, it was designed by Ata-ullah, son of
Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the architect of the Taj Mahal.
Couple of Kms away from this place is Bhadra Maruti Temple - A temple that has a strong sufi influence The folk singers who pepper this temple courtyard are a pleasure to listen to - I have posted about it in detail on Cory's blog few weeks ago(Do listen in to the video there)...
Both thee places can be clubbed up along wit Ajanta - Ellora Caves
Linking this to 2014 AtoZ Challenge - D is for Dilras
Banu Begum, the queen whose mausoleum is Bibi Ka Maqbara