Taj Mahal

Agra Trip - Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is an amazing monument of the India. It is situated in Agra. It is also listed as one of the wonder in the world. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

There are lots of myths about the Taj Mahal, people having different types of stories about the Taj. But from one to all it is only a sign of true love of a King to his Queen. King Shah Jahan built this beautiful monument for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When people first time visit Taj they feel the presence of the King Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaj Mahal there. Its like a smell of these two in the air.

The Taj Mahal is having different shades from different ways;

  • The Taj Mahal looks pinkish in the morning;
  • Milky white in the evening;
  • Golden when the moon shines;
  • Intermediary variants during other hours of the day

The Taj Mahal is the essence of Mughal art and one of the most famous and most visited buildings in the world. The beauty of the Taj is beyond the scope of words. This monument is a sign of love in the eye of everyone.

Construction and Design Structure of Taj

The Taj Mahal was built in 22 years (1631-1653) it was dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal is mentioned as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines designs of Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian. The Taj Mahal is built with white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

There were a total of 20,000 workers labored to built such a monument and 32 crore rupees were spent during the construction. And it was built according to Islamic structural design. The construction of the Taj Mahal started around 1632 and was completed around 1653, with the helping hands of thousands of the artisans and craftsmen. The construction of the Taj Mahal done by a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Lahauri.

Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. And the construction of the tomb was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. The Taj Mahal design was based on the design structure of Persian architecture and former Mughal architecture. Also earlier Mughal buildings were mostly constructed of red sandstone. But the Taj was built with the White marbel. There are four pillers and one center dome in the Taj. The base structure is essentially a large, multi-chambered cube with chamfered corners, forming an unequal octagon that is approximately 55 metres (180 ft) on each of the four long sides.

The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is the most impressive feature of the Taj. It is around 35 metres (115 ft) in height and is accentuated as it sits on a cylindrical “drum” which is approximately 7 metres (23 ft) in height. The top of the dome is decorated with a lotus design, which also serves to highlight its height. The shape of the dome is emphasized by four smaller domed ‘chattris’ placed at its corners. At the dawn time when the first sun ray hits the dome, it radiates like a blissful habitat.

This monument is standing grandly on the banks of River Yamuna. The beauty and the purity of the white marble increase its beauty to highest level. Taj Mahal gain a place among the most sought-after tours in the world. Taj Mahal covers an area of 60 bighas. The main tomb of the Taj is basically square with chamfered corners. The Taj is having:

  • The Moonlight Garden to the north of the Yamuna.
  • Terrace area: Tomb, Mosque and Jawab.
  • Charbagh
  • Gateway, attendant accommodations, and other tombs.
  • Taj Ganji – market
  • Great Gate
  • Mosque & Mihman Khana

Museum at Taj Mahal

There is a Museum at Western Naubat Khana, open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 P.M.

Guidance

There is a Audio Guides Facility in Taj Mahal for different languages like English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bangla. You can contact near Ticket Booking counters and Forecourt for this help.

Live experience at the Taj Mahal

It was an amazing feeling when you reach at Taj Mahal. We have dropped our car in the parking and after that we have taken camel cart to reach the Taj Mahal. Actually the main entry of the Taj Mahal is around 1km away from the parking area. So there are different types of vehicles available there like camel cart, horses, electric rickshaw, and mini buses too. As per your convenience you can take anything to reach the main entry of Taj Mahal. It was around Rs.10/head the cost of each vehicle. But if you are in a group then will surely going to enjoy that ride a lot. Well, we have taken the camel cart ride and reached at the ticket window. From there we also get to know that you have to remove the shoes when you enter the white marble, or you have to purchase the shoe cover so that no dust or anything came to the Taj with your shoes. There we purchased shoe covers also, each cost around Rs. 5/pair of shoes. Best time to visit Taj Mahal is winter and spring season, in summers there is a huge crowd. So avoid to visit Taj Mahal in summer season.

One more important thing is you have to carry your identity card while going to visit Taj Mahal. If you don’t have the identity card then you will not get the tickets. This is just because of the security purposes. I personally really appreciate this type of awareness by the government. So finally we are going to enter the Taj Mahal. When you first look at the Taj Mahal from the first gate, it was an amazing feeling there. There you will feel that those people were really the kings. They were the kings of kings, the kind of life they spent was amazing, and nobody can’t even imagine about such type of luxurious life. Surely you will become little bit emotional too. I have seen people from different countries there, and it made me proud too that our country have these types of monuments that people came to visit them from thousand miles. Agra is very hot area so take your water bottles with you. There is also very good market on the outskirts of Taj Mahal, from where you can buy different types of gifts for your loved ones. So truly it was an amazing experience at Taj Mahal, everybody should visit Taj at least one time, surely you will love it.

Bullet Points

  • City: Agra
  • Country: India
  • Visiting Hours – Taj Mahal Sunrise to Sunset (Friday Closed)
  • Entry Fee for Children (below 15 years): Free (may vary)
  • Foreign tourist: INR 750/head (may vary)
  • Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries: INR 510/head (may vary)
  • Domestic/Indian: INR 40/head (may vary)

The Taj is open in the Full Moon date and two days before and after it, excluding Fridays and in the month of Ramzan.

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