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The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Written by Shirshendu Sarkar

The Taj Mahal 

Recognized as one of the 7 wonders of the world ,”The Taj Mahal” is a rare architectural masterpiece situated along  the bank of the Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

If you have not yet visited Taj Mahal then you should definitely put it in your next destination list because those who haven’t been to Taj Mahal once is definitely missing out on a wonderful experience of life.

So stop thinking much, just manage some time from your hectic schedule and explore the The White Beauty of Agra.

First coming to how to reach there? The main railway station is Agra Fort Railway Station where train from all parts of India is available.

The nearest airport being Bhopal airport which is about 9.4km away, the most preferable route taken by most visitors is through train or bus services from Delhi.

Now lets us travel few decades back to know about the history of the Taj Mahal, because its history will increase the charm of the monument ten folds. The Islamic ivory-white marble architectural excellence  was built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz.

Though started in the year 1628 the masterpiece took about 30 years to be fully completed in the year 1658. The gigantic Taj Mahal built in 42acres of land, fully of white Makrana marble brought from the mines of Rajasthan gains the title of the ‘Wonders Of The World’ due to architectural excellence of about 22000 labours, painters, embroidery artists and stonecutters.

The tomb is surrounded by lush formal garden and artificial fountains on all sides. It is said that the colour of the Taj Mahal appears to change colours slightly depending on the time of the day and weather.

The walls of the whole building have embroidered works with semi precious stones and golden paints. The specific pattern made with the marbles called ‘jafri’ needs special mention too. The experience can’t be described in words.

Those who haven’t visited Taj Mahal , haven’t seen the fine architectural  details, haven’t felt the paintings and embroidery with his/her own hands won’t be able to imagine it through few words.

Even the cooling system, drainage system, water preservation techniques will put to shame many of the modern day architectural designs.

Best time to visit

Next, coming to when is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal? The best time suggested to visit the Taj Mahal is the time at the end of winter and the starting of summer that is, in the months of February and March.

It is said that the Taj Mahal shines brightest on a full moon night, its charm and beauty is enhanced many folds. So you should definitely make a try to visit there on a full moon night.

Don’t forget to explore the rest of the city of Agra.

  • The Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Sheesh Mahal are other examples of beautiful Mughal Architectures.
  • The Bear and Elephant sanctuary is also a place of tourist attraction
  • Also don’t miss the Agra special Silk sarees. Agra is the hub of the softest silk sarees , there are certain silk sarees that can be adjusted within a small matchbox or few sarees that can be passed through a small ring of your finger.
  • Last but not the least don’t forget to taste the “Petha”, one of the famous sweet of Agra and the mouth watering north Indian dishes with lots and lots of butter and ghee on it!!!

So book your tickets today and take a small leave from your hectic daily schedule to explore the “ Wonder Of the World”, The Taj Mahal.

 

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