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Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love, is an architectural marvel. It is a precious gift to the monumental legacy of the world built in the 17th century. The glorifying history of Taj Mahal’s construction is truly surprising.
Built – 17th century
Location – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Architecture – Persian, Islamic and India style of architecture
Significance - One of the Seven Wonders of the World
The essence with which the Taj Mahal was constructed, makes it one of the most world famed heritage site. Listed in seven wonders of the world, the white marble mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is an epitome of eternal love, having no rivals on this earth in terms of wild passion and undying love of a husband for his wife. On your Agra tourism, do visit this beautiful monument.
History of Taj Mahal
Legendary history behind the construction of Taj Mahal is truly very interesting. Before taking a last breathe, Shah Jahan’ wife, Mumtaz extracted four promises from him. To built a memorial to their undying love is one of the promise among them. Shah Jahan’s immense love for his beloved consort led him to construct this architectural wonder. It took 20 years for the completion of Taj Mahal by employing a board of finest architects, stone carvers, inlay craftsmen, mansions, calligraphers and a force of more than 20,000 labors.
Beauty of Taj Mahal
The architecture of Taj Mahal is a fine blend of Mughal, Persian and Indian style. It is truly enchanting to marvel the beauty of Taj Mahal in different moods during day time and in moonlight. The beautiful monument is adorned with exquisite ornamentation, semi-precious stones and gems. The decorative elements are produced by applying stucco, paint and stone carvings. Taj Mahal turns out to be more appealing in the evening when semi precious stones embedded in white marble catches the glow of moon. Such a spectacular view leaves every visitor mesmerized.
The entire white marble monument is beautified with calligraphy using precious gems, agate and jasper and inlaid design of flowers. Some quotes from holy Quran are inscribed on the main archways and the artistic work in form of flowery pattern makes these archways more stunning. The decor on the walls of central domed chamber and four adjoining chambers is done in the Islamic style.
Taj Mahotsav is the annual festival celebrated at Taj Mahal with great pomp and grandeur.
How to reach
Air – Domestic airport in Agra is the nearest airport
Rail – The nearest railway station is Agra Cantonment
Road - Regular buses ply to Agra from the important cities like Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri etc.