Agra has two significant tombs, with impressive Islamic-style architecture, that existed before the Taj Mahal but have subsequently been overshadowed by it. One of them contains the body of Emperor Akbar, widely considered to be the most influential Mughal emperor. It was completed in 1614 and is situated in Sikandra, on the northwest outskirts of Agra on the road to Mathura. (Tickets cost 210 rupees for foreigners and 20 rupees for Indians). His wife’s body is housed in another tomb nearby, with a similar entrance fee.

The tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah was the first to be made out of white marble (instead of the red sandstone typical of Mughal architecture) and is often referred to as the “Baby Taj”. It’s located amid a small garden alongside the Yamuna River, and contains the body of Mirza Ghiyas Beg who served under Akbar. His daughter married Akbar’s son, Jehangir, and he was later appointed chief minister. (Tickets cost 210 rupees for foreigners and 20 rupees for Indians).

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