One can enter the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah from the
east, which is the only functional gateway of the tomb. The other three
gateways built in other directions were constructed only to maintain the
symmetry, following the rules of the Char Bagh pattern. Thus, they can
also be 'garden pavilions'. These red sandstone gateways have inlaid
marble designs and are double storeyed. Marble inlay work can be seen on
the dados of the main iwan and spandrels of arches too. The northern and
southern pavilions are almost identical. They have a single storeyed
iwan in the middle and double storeyed wings on their sides. There are
rooms and halls on the first floor of these pavilions. There are
stairways on the sides of the façade. There are chhatris crowning
these pavilions. The largest and most elaborately decorated pavilion is
the western one, which is situated on the riverbank and is believed to
be used by Itmad-ud-Daulah as the pleasure pavilion during his lifetime.
Situated centrally in the Char Bagh, the tomb is surrounded on all sides
by tanks and water channels.