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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

A visit to the majestic Taj Mahal, India

Come, fall in love with Taj:

Very few people in the world leave out Taj Mahal while chalking out their ‘list of places to visit before I die’! That is quite natural because the grandeur and beauty of this colossal mausoleum leave everyone awestruck. Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in loving memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the most precious gem of Muslim art and architecture and  one of the featured destinations of the World.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

This majestic white beauty stands strong on the right bank of river Yamuna, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. This piece of architecture is admired universally. Take a walk along the beautiful pathway located beside the pool that reflects the surrounding beauty along with fountains. As you walk towards the mausoleum of pure white marble, you will feel like you have gone back in time, back to the era when kings ruled India.

Taj Mahal is a symbol of true love that transcends time. The beautiful queen rests in the tranquility of paradise inside the mausoleum. You will feel the presence of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal as soon as you walk into the boundaries of Taj which is one of the wonders of the world. One thing is for sure, no matter how beautifully you paint an image of Taj Mahal in your mind, that image will not be even half the beauty of the actual mausoleum when you finally get to stand in front of it, admiring its unique beauty.

Mumtaz Mahal
Artistic depiction of Mumtaz Mahal

The heart-warming architecture

The Taj Mahal is considered to be the mightiest architectural wonder that was built during the entire span of Indo-Islamic architecture. The aesthetic beauty of the mausoleum is further enhanced by the perfectness of which it was built. The combinations of light and shadow playing on the surfaces of the  Taj Mahal making it look enchanting on any part of the day, the ornate workings on the marble along with the presence of semi-precious and precious stones make the monument one of its kind in the entire world.

The architecture of this monument is synonymous with perfection. The grace with which the proportions of different geometrical patterns are maintained throughout the monument is what makes it unique. The construction of this immensely beautiful monument started in the 1632 AD. It was completed in 1648 AD. However, the completion of the mosque, the main gateway towards the south, guest house, the external courtyard along with the cloisters were built subsequently. The entire work was completed in 1653 AD. Wondering how the timeline was so accurately found out? The chronological order of the events has been facilitated by the presence of numerous  Quranic and historical inscriptions.

Taj Jali Inlay
Taj Jali Inlay

Cavers, painters, stone cutters, masons, dome builders, calligraphers and all other kinds of artisans required for building the beauty were ordered to get to work from the entire empire as well as from Iran and Central Asia. The cenotaph of the beauty queen is located centrally in the tomb chamber. It is placed on a platform of rectangular shape which is decorated ornately with flower and plant motifs.  Shah Jahan’s cenotaph is placed at the side of that of his wife almost after thirty years of  Mumtaz Mahal’s death. Well, right that they have set relationship goals that are beyond achievable!

This beautifully planned symmetrical piece of architecture emphasizes mainly on bilateral symmetry so that it looks more or less the same no matter from which pathway you click your selfie! The edifice achieves a three-dimensional beauty because of the minarets which form the corners of the platform. The architecture facilitates you to get awestruck as soon as step into the complex which would not have been possible if the monument was centrally located and you did not get to walk along the long pathway.

Wah Taj!

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but what if the thing that is to be held leaves all its beholders breathless and awestruck? Taj Mahal is not any ordinary beauty, it is beauty personified. It goes beyond the imagination of beauty. The grandeur of this magnificent monument amazes and enchants all its beholders. The perfection of the architecture along with the presence of true love that is reflected in each square meter of Taj is what makes it so beautiful. No matter what time of the day it is, Taj will never fail to mesmerize you with its beauty.

Incised painting
Incised painting

Just like us, Taj Mahal also goes through variance of moods throughout the day.  The different shades of beauty that the Taj takes over throughout the day is what makes it even more enchanting. The presence of the love of Shah  Jahan for his beautiful wife and hard work of all the labors get reflected when Taj changes its color with the change in the position of the Sun across the wide sky. It transcends the monotonicity of life and teaches us that true beauty is not something you can ever get bored of.

The beautiful combination of colors between the lush green landscape along the reddish pathway and the ever-changing sky make the Taj take up different forms of beauty with changing seasons. It looks pinkish in the early hours of the morning. During the evening, it assumes a milky white shade. When the moon shines over its top, it looks  royal with a shade of golden. There are other intermediate variants of colors which paint Taj Mahal on different hours of the day and also during the various seasons of the year.

Taj Mahal Interior
Interior view of Taj Mahal

How to reach the beauty?

For reaching Taj Mahal, you first need to be in Agra. For doing that you can just take a flight to Agra which is frequent and is operated on a daily basis. If you are not very fond of flights or if you are on a budget trip, go for trains! Agra is well connected with rest of the nation. It has two railway stations, Raja Ki   Mandi and Agra Fort, other than the main one, Agra Cantonment. From Delhi, Palace on wheels, Taj Express, Rajdhani, and  Shatabdi are some of the main trains that connect Delhi with Agra. You can also reach Agra by bus from numerous places like Jaipur, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri and Mathura.

Once you have reached Agra, all you need is some local transport to get to Taj. You can choose from a taxi, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, and tempo. If you are planning to visit a number of places near the city, go for a prepaid taxi. Bicycles can also be hired on an hourly basis if you wish to see the city in your    own terms. Diesel and petrol are not permitted around the Taj Mahal area, so pollution free vehicles like battery operated buses, rickshaws, and horse driven  Tongas are used here.

Where to stay?

After you get all mesmerized and feel out of the world after indulging in the beauty of Taj, you definitely need a luxury hotel to go back to where the beautifully comfortable rooms and great food will keep your royal mood intact! The big names of hotel chains across the nation have hotels located in the city of Agra. The Oberoi Amarvillas, ITC Mughal, Courtyard by Marriott are some of the best luxury hotels that you will find in the city. So, lay back and enjoy the royal treatment!

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