About Taj Mahal
About Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal Agra is a vivid poetry in Marble. A marvellous piece of Pietra
Dura (the stone inlay work) and a monument dedicated to eternal love or
the eighth wonder in the World - The beauty of the Taj Mahal, located in
Agra, cannot be expressed in words. Built by Shahjahan, the fifth Mughal
ruler of India in 1631 AD, the mausoleum is a tribute to his second wife,
advisor and soulmate, Mumtaz Mahal.
Fulfilling her wish to create an unforgettable monument in memory of
their love for each other; Shahjahan organised an international competition
for finalising the design of the desired structure, which took the shape
of Tajmahal, Agra after construction. Made by 28 rare, semi precious and
precious stones, the Taj Mahal in Agra India was designed by Ustad Ahmad
Lahauri. It was erected in 22 years by the hard labour of about 20,000
A geometrical and architectural marvel, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a fusion
of Mughal and Islamic architecture. An aggregation of many independent
structures, the Taj Mahal Agra consists of tombs, gardens, fountains,
mosques and gateways. The Taj Mahal Agra is one of the finest monuments
in India. The City of the Taj : Agra is also home to various historical
monuments that you can visit on your tour to Agra.
Taj Mahal Agra
The Taj Mahal, the most magnificent tribute to love and beauty and one of
man's proudest creations, is easily the most identified image to be associated
with India. Built between 1631 and 1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved
wife, this fairytale like marvel took twenty two years and the labor of
twenty thousand workmen employed on it daily for its completion.
History of Tajmahal Agra
Experiencing the Taj Mahal without being cognizant of its history is grossly
irrelevant and absurd. The extravagant expression has not come easy. There
underlays an ocean of emotions and a wild passion that led the king to erect
such a masterpiece in snow-white marble. It's a monument, the only one,
where perhaps, ever inch of the edifice, from one corner to the other, expresses
the beauty of Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahal Site
The Taj Mahal stands serene and perfect in the garden of cypresses and reflecting
pools on the banks of river Yamunna. Its pure white marble shimmers silver
in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and at close of day reflects
the fairy tints of the setting sun.
Taj Mahal Story
The story goes back in 1607,when a prince of the royal Mughal household
strolled down the Meena Bazaar, accompanied by a string of fawning courtiers,
he caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk and glass beads. Five years and
a wife later (in those days princes did not marry for love alone) the regal
20-yr-old went to wed his 19-yr-old bride.
Taj Mahal Architecture
Overlooking the River Yamuna, and visible from the fort in the west, the
Taj Mahal stands at the northern end of vast gardens enclosed by walls.
Though its layout follows a distinctly Islamic theme, representing Paradise,
it is above all a monument to romantic love.
Garden of Taj Mahal
The garden in Islamic Style of architecture is not just another feature
it has a well-defined meaning and it symbolizes the spirituality. According
to the holy Koran, a garden is symbolic of paradise. On leaving the entrance
gateway, you can view a sprawling garden in front of you going all the way
up to the plinth of the Taj.
Mumtaz Mahal or Arjumand Banu was the woman in whose memory the Taj Mahal
was built. Perhaps, there is no better and grand monument built in the history
of human civilization dedicated to love. Arjumand Banu was daughter of Asaf
Khan and when she married Shahjahan at the age of 14 years, imperial city
of Agra was already agog with the stories of her beauty. She was third wife
of Prince Khurram or Shahjahan and the principle one throughout their life.
Visit Taj Mahal
The Archaeological Survey of India has decided that Taj Mahal will remain
closed on Fridays for the public except for those who go for afternoon prayers
in the mosque next to the 17-th century monument. The monument, which attracts
thousands of visitors every day, previously remained closed on Mondays.
Best Time to Visit Taj Mahal
When it comes to visiting Taj Mahal, there is no such thing called best
time and worst time, because the Taj Mahal offers a different perspective
to all the visitors all the time. The colors of Taj Mahal changes at different
hours of the day and during different seasons.
How to Reach Agra
Agra, the location of the fabulous Taj Mahal, is situated in the North India
state of Uttar Pradesh. Agra can easily be accessed by flights, trains and