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A little further away from the world-renowned Taj Mahal lies a hidden gem of Agra that is often not talked about enough; Chini Ka Rauza. A quiet retreat that offers a stark contrast to the ever-bustling Taj Mahal, this monument is a mausoleum of Afzal Khan. If you are a history enthusiast who loves to explore the unfamiliar, this monument is a must-visit destination that offers insights into Agra’s illustrious past. The highlight of the funerary monument is the blend of various architectural styles that come together to create a canvas that is soothing to the eye and marvellously cohesive.

Fascinating Facts About Chini Ka Rauza

Chini Ka Rauza is the funerary monument built for Afzal Khan

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  • At first glance, you may think this monument is just an ordinary structure because not much is visible from far away, but just like you should not judge a book by its cover, the Chini Ka Rauza is full of treasures and surprises on the inside.
  • You can get a peek if you come close enough, as some detailing is still left on the exterior portion of the building. However, most of the magic lies inside the mausoleum, which is made with expert artistry and set to mesmerize you instantly.
  • Allama Afzal Khan was from Shiraz in Persia and had a brother named Amanat Khan. Afzal came to India first, and then Amanat Khan soon followed. He is known for his inscriptions on the iconic Taj Mahal.
  • Chini Ka Rauza was built in 1635 when Shah Jahan was reigning and is dedicated to scholars, poets, and Prime Minister Afzal Khan. The funerary monument has deep historical significance and is one of the best monuments showcasing a blend of architecture.
  • It is among the first buildings in India to feature glazed tile detailing, which was called ‘chini mitt’. This is how the monument got its name, as Chinese clay, also known as porcelain, was used extensively in it.
  • Afzal Khan started the construction of this monument while he was still alive, which makes it one of the most interesting aspects of the monument. Some say this was his way of preserving his legacy.

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Architecture Of Chini Ka Rauza

Chini Ka Rauza has stellar architecture on the interior and exterior

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The Chini Ka Rauza architecture is a sight to behold for multiple reasons. The meticulous use of color that blends seamlessly, the use of patterns that are so similar yet so distinct, and the placement of these is done with absolute mastery. The tomb has been constructed using mud and China tiles with influence from the Persian and Afghan styles. At one point there are two gates to this monument and an octagonal tower that are close to the ghat. Unfortunately, with time these wonders are no longer present in the complex but the monument has stood the test of time. Chini Ka Rauza has so many intricate details you may miss if you rush your tour. The embellishments are perhaps the most riveting feature of the entire monument that take the architecture to a whole new heavenly level.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Chini Ka Rauza is during the winter season

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Chini Ka Rauza is resplendent throughout the year. However, if you want to admire the beauty in its entirety, it is best to visit it during winter. The weather will be cool and pleasant allowing you to properly look at every minute detail of the monument taking in all the allure that lies within it. You can take your time and enjoy your visit. The warm sun rays will feel good on the skin and you can even stroll in the nearby courtyard for some time before wrapping up your visit. Even though you can visit the funerary monument during summer, the scorching heat will make you rush your trip which is no fun.

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How To Reach Chini Ka Rauza

You can reach Chini Ka Rauza easily as it is well-connected to other places

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Chini Ka Rauza is located on the Yamuna River’s eastern banks. Here is how to reach it easily.

By Flight: The distance from Agra’s Kheria Airport to Chini Ka Rauza is just 11.9 km, and you can hire an autorickshaw or a taxi.

By Rail: The closest railway station is Agra Cantt, and you can hire a taxi or an autorickshaw to get to the monument. The distance between the two is 9.3 km.

By Road: You can travel by bus as UPSRTC services are available. Get off at the Agra Cantt bus stand and travel to the monument, which is 8.3 km away.

Tips For Visiting Chini Ka Rauza

It is best to hire a guide to understand the historical significance of the monument

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  • You can find small stalls and shops close to the monument, but it is best to bring water with you as the weather is warm, especially during the summer.
  • It is best to hire a knowledgeable licensed guide from a travel agency or independently to understand the minute details and importance of the monument.
  • No dress code is enforced, but it is best to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees because it is a religiously significant monument.
  • It is best to visit this monument during the winter along with the other popular monuments to spend more time at each place.
  • If you visit during the summer, apply ample sunscreen and wear a hat or scarf to cover your head. It will save you from the hot sun.
  • You should wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking in and around the area. This is especially important if you visit multiple monuments on the same day.
  • Do not litter in the monument or the surrounding areas. It is your responsibility to keep them clean and maintained.

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The Chini Ka Rauza may not be as popular as Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal, but it is a monument of religious importance that you must visit. Make sure you add it to your trip to Uttar Pradesh itinerary. You will have a great time admiring the intricate detailing, colour patterns, and subtle details that make it a noteworthy building. Are you ready to delve into architectural genius?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Chini Ka Rauza

What is the timing and entry fee?

The monument is open from sunrise to sunset and there is no entry fee to enter the monument at present.

How far away is the mausoleum from the Taj Mahal?

The distance between the two monuments is just 7.3 km. You can hire an auto from the Taj Mahal and reach Chini Ka Rauza.

Can we visit the funerary monument?

If you are a history buff, this is a must-visit monument in Agra because of the spectacular architecture that blends Persian and Afghan styles.

How much time is needed at Chini Ka Rauza?

You need at least 1 to 2 hours to fully explore and tour the monument. You can visit it on the same day as the Taj Mahal.

When is the best time to visit Chini Ka Rauza?

It is best to travel to Agra and explore it during the winter; from November to March as the climate is comfortable.

Who manages the monument?

It is under the care of the Archeological Survey of India and the mausoleum is all set to be restored and preserved.

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