The city of Aurangabad, situated in the State of Maharashtra in India, is one of the most vital places of tourist’s interest due to the famous caves of Ajanta and Illora located very near to it. I visited this historical town with my family during my last visit to India. During the said visit, we were able to visit the famous caves of Ajanta and Illora. However, there is one most important historical spot here at the city of Aurangabad that attracts thousands of tourists to this city, which is not very famous but is certainly unique. This spot is known as Bibi Ka Makabara. I am going to present a small review on our said visit to this spot in this article.
Aurangabad is situated at the distance of around 250 miles from the city of Mumbai via city of Manmad. There are regular trains available for reaching to the city of Aurangabad from Mumbai, Poona and other major cities of Maharashtra State. There are daily flights also available from Mumbai for Aurangabad. We traveled by train from Mumbai and reached Aurangabad at around 8 am in the morning after around 8 hours of journey. The famous spot of Bibi Ka Makabara can be reached easily through hired auto rickshaws or taxis from any where in the city of Aurangabad. As soon as you reach to this historical spot of Bibi Ka Makabara, you will be amazed and feel that you have reached to famous Tajmahal of Agra. This historical spot looks exactly same as Tajmahal of Agra. While the Tajmahal is built in white marble, this Makabara has been built with the simple red stones and its simplicity is extremely striking in comparison with the great Tajmahal. In spite of this simplicity, Bibi Ka Makabara has grace of its own and conveys a message that love lies in simplicity and not in show offs. Mogul king Akbar Shah, son of King Aurangzeb, built this historical Makabara in the year 1679 in the memory of his mother Rabia Ud Dorani. This Makabara has been built on the square platform of size of 240 feet. There are four minars at the four corners of the structure in the same fashion as the Tajmahal. These Minars are also 240 feet tall and gives an artistic appearance to the entire structure of Bibi Ka Makabara. The artistic simplicity of the entire building is quiet impressive and the tourists visiting this historical spot from all over the world appreciates the love of King Akbar Shah towards his mother. The body of Rabia Ud Dorani has been cremated in the underground grave in this Makabara. The visitors are allowed to visit this actual grave, which is situated at round 40 feet deep inside the ground.
This Makabara remains open for the public view from 9 am to 6 pm every day except on Tuesdays. The government approved guide services are also available and it is strongly suggested to avail it in order to know the real details pertaining to this historical grave. The Muslims come to this Makabara for their prayers regularly on all days of the week. However, the most important namaz is taking place at around 2 pm on all Fridays. Thousands of Muslims visit this holy Makabara on Fridays to pray. There are couples of small restaurants available at the gate of this Makabara that serve the traditional Maharashtrian food delicacies to the visitors. However, the quality of food served at these restaurants may not be that good. Hence, it is suggested to carry your own food supply from your hotel in Aurangabad. It may take around two hours to view this Makabara in detail. The government has plans to start the sound and music program here very soon explaining the historical background and importance of this Makabara. The light decoration on this Makabara is worth seeing in the night, particularly on the public festival holidays of India. There are many nice hotels available at Aurangabad for the visitors. We had stayed at Hotel Ajanta, which offers three star facilities at the rates of around Rs.3000 ($60) per day for double room.