Men dominated the political, architectural, and social history of India. Even the India’s most famous monument the Taj Mahal is also dedicated to a lady, but only very few people know that there are also the unusual historical structures which were built by women in the past.
1. Itmad Ud Daula (Agra)
Noor Jehan fabricated Itmad Ud Daula mausoleum (the first marble tomb in India) on the banks of river Yamuna as acclaim to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Meticulously crafted delicate and decorative work on this monument has different feminine touch. With an inset work of yellow and red sandstone, the tomb looks like a fantastic jewel box from a distance.
2. Humayun’s Tomb (Delhi)
The first tomb cum garden of the Indian subcontinent, Humayun’s tomb created by his wife, Hamida Banu Begum aka Haji Begum. Indian and Persian artisans worked smartly to manufacture this grand red sandstone mausoleum which is quite famous for its ornamented tile work and carved stone screens which integrate decorative elements from both cultures. It was also the first complex to use the Persian double dome in its architecture.