Romance is in the air in the City of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument that stands at the heart of India has a story that has been melting the hearts of millions of listeners since the time Taj has been visible. A story, that although ended back in 1631, continues to live on in the form of Taj and is considered a living example of eternal love. It’s the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, two people from the course of history who set an example for the people living in present and the future to come. An English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold best describes it as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

Its 14th February 2018 Today

Romance is in the air at Sunset Lounge / Mughal Room. Celebrate the spirit of #romance with a tempting #menu tailored by our Chefs just for this special occasion and allow us to serve an evening to remember while enjoying the incredible ambience with specially decorated tables, candle lights and a spectacular view.

Spa in Agra – A City of Taj

The spa is a real delight for the senses. Stress, disharmony in the human body and the toxic urban lifestyle has resulted in the increasing demand for Spa holidays. At Clarks Shiraz, a traditional massage with #Ayurvedic oil is truly #relaxing and #rejuvenating. Shirodhara treatment process in which medicated herbal oil is allowed to drip in a continuous stream over the forehead for 30 minutes to one hour. It relaxes the nervous system, acts as a soothing balm for the brain and #fightsinsomnia. Separate facilities are available for Ladies and Gents. Open from 9 am to 9 pm.

Live performance at Hotel Clarks Shiraz by Great Indian laughter challenge champion Mr. Rajan Shrivastva

Great Indian laughter challenge champion Mr. Rajan Shrivastva

Live performance by Great Indian laughter challenge champion Mr. Rajan Shrivastva

Posted by Hotel Clarks Shiraz on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Taj Mahotsav, Agra 2018

Taj Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited #festivals, is celebrated from 18th to 27th February this year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of “#TajMahal“.

This 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives you information of India where you can find India’s rich #arts, #crafts, #cultures, #cuisine, #dance and #music. Taj Mahal is the most beautiful historical place of India which tells about incredible India. #TajMahotsav is organized by UP Tourism…..
Enjoy this mahotsav with Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra

Art and Architecture of Taj

The Taj Mahal is the largest and most elaborate structure of the Mughal Empire, and is one of the greatest achievements of Islamic architecture in all history. While there are many theories as to who actually designed the complex, most scholars agree that the primary architects were the Persian builders Ustad Isa Khan Effendi and Ustad Ahmad. A third architect, Ismail Khan, may have been responsible for designing the main dome.

Building the Taj Mahal was a major feat. Builders, designers, and artists were brought in from across the Mughal Empire as well as imported from Persia, Central Asia, and other Islamic kingdoms. For 22 years after ground was broken in 1632, the greatest artists and builders of the Islamic world were employed on this massive mausoleum. According to most sources, over 20,000 people worked on the Taj Mahal. When it was completed it included a main gateway, a mosque, a rest house, gardens, and the actual mausoleum itself, covering 42 acres of land in total.

Thanks to the great number of designers, artists, and craftsmen who worked on the Taj Mahal, the overall design is a fascinating blend of Indian, Islamic, and Persian features. It’s a complex and beautiful building, well deserving of the respect it has maintained over the centuries.

Best Time of the Day to Visit Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a dynamic image with different beauty as the sunlight alters its color during the day, so technically you can make a visit any time of the day.

However, sunrise is the best time as the monument is like a blooming flower when the twilight gilds it with pink color. Moreover, if you visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning, you can not only avoid the heat but also the crowds. For those people in pursuit of some perfect shots and don’t want to wait too long, getting up earlier can be very rewarding.

If you are not a morning person, a sunset visit is also a nice choice. The temperature becomes cool after the scorching afternoon and the monument is surrounded by soft silver light. Usually, there are more visitors at sunset than sunrise. Patience is necessary to capture some good pictures.

If you happen to be in Agra on the full moon day or 2 days before/after, a night visit to the Taj Mahal is also available. Unlike what you see in the daytime, the silhouette of the structure against the dark sky and moonlight is full of peace and magic.

7 reasons why you should visit the Taj

Well, we give you 7 reasons why you should visit the Taj Mahal (irrespective of whether you’ve been here before or not!) right away.

1.  It was in the year 1631, when Shah Jahan’s favourite queen, Mumtaz Mahal, died giving birth to their 14th child (pheeew!) It was this fateful event that prompted the grieving Shah Jahan to commission the building of the magnificent mausoleum across the Yamuna River, which is known today as the Taj Mahal.

2.  Around 8 million people visit the Taj Mahal in Agra every year. At times there are over 50k people visiting on a single day. There goes the chance of an uncluttered selfie! Sigh!

3.  Did you know that the Taj Mahal changes colour depending on the light? This shimmering white marble structure gives off a different aura when seen under the warm sunlight and the cool shade of moonlight. There is a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when lit by the moon. Stay at Hotel Clarks Shiraz for some amazing views.

4.  The Taj Mahal took 22 years to build. Construction of the Taj Mahal cost an estimated 32 million Indian rupees (the equivalent of over US $1 billion at the time). An estimated 20,000 labourers were recruited from all over Asia. Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport the heavy building material. The structure was adorned with of 28 types of precious and semiprecious jewels. The turquoise came from Tibet, and jade came from China.

5.  Did you know that the publically open floor of the Taj Mahal that the visitors see now is not the real tomb of the ruler and his deceased wife? The actual tombs are at the garden level, which is two levels below the raised platform and is closed to the public.

6.  The Taj Mahal is 171 metres (561 feet) high, which makes it 5 feet taller than the Qutub Minar.

7.  The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday because it has an active working mosque on the premises, which is open to prayers every Friday in the afternoon.

Taj Mahal and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As a former capital city of the region, city Agra is a must-visit Indian location, with the climate suiting winter visits best. It offers an urban landscape filled with fantastic sights and experiences.

The Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India, although it’s overshadowed by the Taj; the fort is an imposing red sandstone structure built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The majesty of Agra’s past still lingers and is evident in the culture and surrounding architecture, including the famous inlaid marble and red sandstone buildings.

Modern luxuries are also available to all visitors, delivering a wonderful balance of the classic and contemporary amongst the city’s beautiful settings. There is a wealth of delectable delights for all your senses.

Agra is famous for its sweets, which are devilishly delicious and a real treat for your tastebuds. The beautiful sights across the markets will capture your attention too, but be prepared to barter when buying from local craftsmen, who specialise in leather goods, rugs and gold embroidery. The quality of the carvings and the remains of the art work and painted buildings must have made this a fabulous palace in its heyday.

Christmas celebrations at Clarks Shiraz starts with cake mixing ceremony

Christmas is no fun without the traditional Christmas cake. And making it is no quick and easy task — preparations begin months in advance for that. To mark the birth of Jesus Christ, Hotel Clarks Shiraz here organise cake-mixing ceremonies to spread the warmth of the festive season.

People from different walks of life come together for such ceremonies. Wouldn’t it be fun to mix lots of colourful cherries, dates, plums and dry fruits together with your favourite drink, on a lush green lawn overlooking the sea? However, the treat is not to savour immediately but to keep ready for the festive season.

With less than a months left for Christmas and New Year, the Agra city began its celebrations with the cake mixing ceremony. A lot of in-house foreigners, guests and invitees, enthusiastic children and the staff of Hotel Clarks Shiraz geared up with aprons, caps and gloves took part in the fun-filled ceremony. Close to 250 kilos of assorted dry fruits were mixed with cinnamons, nutmeg and generous amounts of liquor and stored in a container until the festive season. This marinated assortment of dry fruits will be incorporated when baking plum cakes and puddings.

The longer the mix is kept for, the tastier will be the cake, said one of the chefs of the hotel. “It is basically to bring in the festive mood and make merry. People who get these cakes are in for a pleasant surprise too,” said Group CMD.