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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eternal Beauty -Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The construction of Taj Mahal is credited to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who erected this mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife, Arjumarid Bano Begum; popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal, who died in A.H. 1040 (A.D. 1630).

In 1983, The Taj Mahal was given recognition as a UNESCO World heritage site and hence was universally acknowledged as one of the best heritage sites throughout the world. Although there have been several listings for Seven Wonders of the World, or Recommended travel destinations.

Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India that was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the grandson of Emperor Akbar, in the memory of his deceased queen Arjumand Bano Begum, who was more popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal who was also the niece of empress Nur Jahan.

Mumtaz Mahal last wish to her husband was "to build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before". Thus emperor Shah Jahan set about building this fairy tale like marvel.

Taj Mahal was designed by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The material was brought in from allover India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. The central dome is 187 ft. high at the centre.

The white marble was brought from the quarries of Makrana, in distt. Nagaur, Rajasthan. Copies of orders (farmans) issued to Raja Jai Singh, for the purpose by Shah Jahan, can be seen in the Taj Museum.

If you want to visit the Taj Mahal with your loved one, I recommend you visit it on a full moon night when it is opened for night viewing. The beauty of the serene white structure bathed in the magical moon light, will be a memory that you will cherish forever, but don’t get me wrong, the Taj will sweep you off your feet any time you visit it. The Taj Mahal will entice you with its gold finials and intricate carvings on pristine marble, it will overwhelm you with the surrounding beauty of flowers and greenery but most of all it will take you into the depths of a historical journey, it will be an experience that you will carry in your heart, forever…

Look out for more on Taj Mahal in my later post.............

Taj Mahal Agra —› Taj Mahal Location —› Taj Mahal Story —› History of Taj Mahal —› Taj Mahal Architecture —› Garden of Taj Mahal —› Mumtaz Mahal —› Building of Taj Mahal —› Actual Tomb of Taj Mahal —› Excursions of Taj Mahal —› How to Reach Taj Mahal —› Mosque of Taj Mahal —› Inside The Taj Mahal —› Pictures of Taj Mahal


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