Taj Mahal is the finest and the most sophisticated exemplar of the glory of Mughal architecture. The majestic Taj Mahal is rightfully one of the Seven Wonders of the World and needs no introduction. Around 30 lakh tourists from all over the world pour in Agra annually to see this architectural marvel. Built by Shahjahan in the memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is the epitome of love. There is probably no mausoleum so immense and no love expression as grand as TAJ.
It was built between 1631 and 1648 with over 22,000 workers employed for construction and design. A fascinating blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture styles over an area of 42 acres, Taj stands proud on the banks of Yamuna.
How to Reach Taj Mahal
The city of Agra is well – connected through rail and road networks. Taj Mahal is
about 9 km from Agra Cantt. Railway station. You can take an auto rickshaw or taxi from there to the
West gate of Taj.
Best time to visit Taj Mahal
All year around but October – March is best as weather will be awesome in Agra in these months.
Sunrise to Sunset every day except Friday
Full Moon day
8.30 PM to midnight.
₹50 for Indians, ₹540 for BIMSTEC/SAARC countries and ₹1100 for all other foreigners + ₹200 to visit the main mausoleum for all.
The Taj Mahal is divided into four main areas, viz. garden, mausoleum, mosque, guesthouse and the gateway.
The gateway is 30 m high and leads to a courtyard. The gateway is designed with two chhatris on either side. The main Mausoleum is built with ivory white marble. The 58 meters tall mausoleum stands on a 50 m high platform. The mausoleum is covered with semi-precious stones and carved inscriptions.
Inside, the tomb chamber is in an octagonal shape. It is said that the actual sarcophagus of Mumtaz Mahal is quite below the tomb scene. The calligraphic carving of the Koranic verses and semi-precious stones create an enchanting space, where Mumtaz Mahal was laid to rest and later also Shahjahan on her side.
There are four minarets 137 meters tall and give a 3–D effect to the edifice. The minarets are designed with an outward lean such that in case of any calamity, none of them would fall directly on the tomb. The mosque and the guest house are built with red sandstone. The mosque faces west to the holy place of Mecca. These buildings are surrounded by lush greenery in the gardens and the pool does an impossible feat of duplicating the exquisite beauty of Taj Mahal.
Everyone wants to get the perfect photograph of the Taj Mahal. While you can take photographs inside the Taj premises, you will get an amazing click from other parts as well.
1. Mehtab Bagh
A garden located on the other side as Taj Mahal, it gives you a perfect view of Taj at the sunset. At the time of sunset you can take many perfect pics and shots of Taj Mahal for memories and to share the beauty of Taj with world.
2. From the river
Once you are at Taj Mahal, you can descend steps at the back to ask a boatman to take you to the middle of the river Yamuna for a perfect Taj shot. From the middle of river Yamuna, you can take many beautiful pics of Taj.
3. Agra Fort
In his last days, Shahjahan was house-arrested by his son Aurangzeb at the Agra Fort. He used to look at the Taj Mahal from his balcony. You can also click this picture that brought solace to Shahjahan in his last years. If you visit Agra then Agra Fort is recommended to visit along with Taj Mahal. Agra Fort takes 2-3 hours to see completely and there are many hidden secrets you will know here which shows strategy of making forts in ancient times.
4. From Hotel Rooftop
One of the splendid views of Taj is from the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel. If you are not strict on budget, go for it. Otherwise, a lot of hotels in the Taj Ganj area give an amazing rooftop view of Taj.
No genius writing can describe the exquisite beauty of Taj Mahal. This power of beauty has to be witnessed in person. Hope you visit soon!