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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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With limited access, the Taj is now open for five nights each month for nighttime viewing around the full moon nights. The total number of visitors is restricted to 400 each night.
The night viewing of Taj Mahal is opened from 8-30 p.m. to 12-30 in eight batches of 50 persons for half an hour duration. The visitors of the night viewing of Taj Mahal have to report at Shilpagram complex half an hour in advance of the viewing time. The entry is allowed from the Eastern Gate of the Taj Mahal only after security check near the Eastern gate. The visitors have to keep their luggage at the counter free of cost. No video camera is allowed in side the monument during the night viewing.
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Hailed as an epitome of beauty and love, Taj Mahal has been mesmerising millions of visitors from around the globe and for sure will continue to mesmerise them for centuries to come. While almost all have heard of this outstanding piece of architecture, there are plenty of things interesting, yet unknown to many.
we have compiled a list of the 10 most interesting facts about Taj Mahal.
- It is estimated to have taken more than 22,000 people to build this impressive building including labourers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists, and many others.
- According to legend it is believed that Emperor Shah Jahan had planned to construct another Taj Mahal in black marble on the other side of the river but the war with his sons interrupted his plans.
- The Taj Mahal takes on different colouring at different times of the day, from a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when lit by the moon. They say the changing colour resembles the changing mood of females – in particular the Emperor’s queen.
- Built in memory of the Emperors third and most favourite wife Mumtāz Mahal, the Taj Mahal took 17 years to be completed.
- It is said that the death so crushed the Emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white within just a few months.
- The four sides of the Taj Mahal are perfectly identical creating an astonishingly mirrored image on each side. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and symmetry of architectural elements.
- The Taj Mahal is surrounded by significant gardens and a number of other buildings including a mosque and guest houses which make up the 17 hectares of land within the complex walls.
- The full height of the Taj Mahal is 171 metres (561 feet).
- More than 1,000 elephants were employed to transport the construction materials used to build the Taj.
- Many precious stones were ripped off from its walls by the British during the Indian rebellion of 1857.