“Taj Mahal” is one of the thing which comes to our mind when we talk about love. The name itself makes the environment around us romantic. Being one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal is the pride of India. People from all over the world comes to visit it every year in large numbers.
Taj Mahal which means the “crown of the Palace” is considered as the symbol of love. The ivory-white marble tomb stands on the south bank of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal was built between the year 1632 and 1653 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Mumtaz Mahal, who was the second wife of Shah Jahan died while giving birth to their fourteenth child in the year 1631. Shah Jahan who was madly in love with her could not bear the loss. He wanted to built the worlds most beautiful monument for the burial of his wife and therefore, he started the construction of Taj Mahal. It took 22 years for 22,000 workers to built the amazingly beautiful Taj Mahal, whose beauty is admired by the entire world. Later on, when Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was kept in a tomb next to Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahal was built in Mughal architectural style in supervision of architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. As said earlier, it is completely made up of ivory-white marble which makes Taj different and is also decorated with precious stones. It covers an area of 42 acres and has five main parts; Darwaza (the main gate), Bageecha (the garden), Masjid (the mosque), Naqqar Khana (the rest house) and Rauza (the mausoleum).
Taj Mahal was honored as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the year 1983 for being “the jewel of the Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world heritage “. – Wikipedia
“the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, Taj Mahal described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. – Wikipedia
The Mausoleum is built on a square platform and is surrounded by four minarets on each of its corner. On east to the mausoleum is the Naqqar Khanna and to the west is the Masjid, both of which are made up of red sandstone.
The garden covers maximum part of the area and adds to the beauty of Taj Mahal. It has a pool with fountains which makes a pathway to the Mausoleum. This is the place from where one can get awesome pictures of the tomb. The view of the Taj Mahal from here is beyond description.
One has to see Taj Mahal through their own eyes to witnessed the actual beauty of it. Any photos or videos can not do justice to the white beauty. So, if you are going to Agra never miss a chance to give a visit to Taj Mahal. And if you have a special someone in your life, do visit it together.
- Everyday (except Friday) from sunrise to sunset.
- Foreign Tourists – Rs. 1000
- Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries – Rs. 530
- Indian Citizens – Rs. 40
- No entry fee for children below the age of 15 years for both domestic and foreigner.