Agra history and architecture is replete with many unseen and unheard tales of monuments to name a few-chini ka rauza, kaanch mahal Buria ka taal and many more, If you are adrenal seeker you must plan for the visit of chini ka rauza during your Agra travel. This is the only Persian tomb of Agra with spherical dome a top.
This beautiful tomb is located in between Itmad ud daula and Ram Bagh tombs. It is hardly 1 km away from Itmad Ud Daula. The area was much encroached before hand and you have to search as it is behold the nurseries. A narrow street road up to the tomb.
You can approach to this place easily by having your own car or by the tuk tuks. It is hardly 3 kms far from Taj Mahal. If you make a plan to visit Itmad Ud Daula you can visit this place also which is at a stone’s throw from it. This tomb is open from sunrise to the sunset.
This Rauza or mausoleum is dedicated to Allama Afzal Khan Shiraz who was a great scholar and poet of Persian and hold the post of prime minister of Shahjahan. This tomb was in dilapidated conditions beforehand of account of negligence Afzal khan; nick named Shukarullahj died in 1639 at Lahore and then was buried at this site. The whole structure had a layer of decoration by the Chinese glazed tiles in the colours of bule and green. Thus on account of having the Chinese tile work this tomb is called chini-ka –rauza “his art work was known as kashi or chini during the mughal time. Kashikari is used in the tome of akabar and Jahangir also. It was famous like pacchikari, kalankari, various colours of Chini such as orange, yellow, green, blue, turquoise are used and captivate the heart.
This tomb has elegant style of architecture this entire structure is erected by using the Kakayya bricks. Like the roman bricks and the facades have fillings of earthen pots like the Romans and Egyptians just to reduce the weight of concrete. The dome of the tomb is single donate and not also improvised like to Taj Mahal dome. In the main structure there is the burial of Shukar Ulaah and there is also a replica. The entire edifice used to be decorated with tiles.