Explore India’s iconic Mughal Heritage Jewel in 2021 – Taj Mahal in Agra Tour Package. Know all in detail about this monument here!
Popular poet William Shakespeare quotes about the eternity of love which is best personified and actualized by the Taj Mahal in Sonnet No.116. A marvelous wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal is a living edifice or mausoleum of emperor’s passion that neither history dares to bury nor does time dares to forget. Tourists and celebrities from across the globe have defined this marvel as an immortal heritage of India in varied ways. Taj Mahal is a monument that symbolizes the immense love and memory that made hundreds or thousands of people bow down to respect the eternal love of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Undeniably, the monument is a place where you’ll fall in love with Mughal Era and gratify yourself with architecture and royalty. Now the question is, have you visited the Taj Mahal? If not yet, then Agra Tour Package will take you to this marvelous jewel for experiencing the undying love of the emperor for his soul mate. Keep reading this article to know more in detail about this attractive piece of fascination on earth.
Taj Mahal - All about this marvel
People consider this jewel as one of the most beautiful edifices in the world. Lying amidst the Yamuna River in Agra, the Taj Mahal is named the “Symbol of Love”. Every year thousands of tourists flock here to admire the flawless beauty of this monument and give applause to its architectural style. Often said to be the Crown of Palaces in Persian, the Taj Mahal gives a breathtaking sight to its connoisseur.
One of the finest illustrations of Mughal architecture in India, the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is being appreciated for its elegance of aptness. From gracefully done gardens to lavishing geometrical prototypes, everything within the premises adds glory to the slenderness of this love symbol.
History of Taj Mahal
The saga of the Taj Mahal always tends to intrigue listeners and wanderers. The mausoleum was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. Who passed away after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Since its creation, the monument is called the Symbol of immense love.
It is said that the main structure took 8 years to finish. Even the whole monument wasn’t completed until 1653. A bitter truth is that Shah Jahan was overthrown by his own son Aurangzeb soon after the building’s structure finished. He was then imprisoned inside the Agra Fort for the rest of his life from where he used to see the Taj through the window and remember his lovely wife Mumtaz. The emperor breathed last in 1666 and was buried alongside his wife Mumtaz Mahal within the top of the Taj Mahal.
It was believed that over 20000 people from India and Central Asia were recruited to work on the architecture. As the emperor was keen to bring specialists from Europe to produce the delicate white marble and pietra dura (marble inlay work). Made up of thousands of semi-precious stones. The Taj was given a highly reputed designation of being the World Heritage Site in the year 1983. It underwent a restoration project in the early 20th century to keep the beauty of this glittering white marble architecture well-maintained.
Top Interesting Facts about Taj Mahal
- Almost 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones are used in the Taj structure and all of these were sourced from Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, and other parts of India.
- The four pillars or minarets of Taj are tilted outwards rather than standing straight. This is so because; its construction was done in such a way to protect the tomb from being damaged with the falling of minarets in case of any natural calamity.
- Foundation of the mausoleum would have been distorted if it wasn’t built on the Yamuna Bank. As of foundation is made of timber, which is not supposed to last long. But due to the Yamuna River, the wood timber is kept strong and moist till the date.
- Architecture of the monument truly expands and depicts the early Mughal designs showcasing the fine contrast of Indian, Persian, and Islamic design.
- Amusingly, the Taj Mahal structure is taller than Qutub Minar with a difference of 5 feet.
- The milky white Taj changes its color all around the day according to the amount of light and time. In this sense, the Taj would appear to be pinkish in the morning light, milky white in the evening, and gleaming golden in the moonlight. If you have ever visited the Taj Mahal, then you probably notice its changing theme.
- Everlasting fame of the Taj Mahal in the tourism industry made the monument, one of the most visited architecture drawing over 4-8 million visitors annually. Sometimes there are over 40-50 thousand visitors in a single day which happens especially during the peak season.
It is advisable to visit the Taj either during the sunrise or sunset since these two times of the day provide spell-binding views of this monument against the vibrant colors of the sky. The months of October to March are considered the best time to visit Agra, as the climate is perfect for sightseeing and the scorching heat of the sun won’t bother you at all.
By air – The nearest airport is Kheria Airport around 9.4 kilometers away from Agra city. From there you can hire cabs in Agra to reach the destination which would take 20 to 30 minutes depending on the traffic.
By train – With 5 railway stations and Agra Cantt being the main, you can get in there by train which connects the city from every major tourist place.
By road – If you want to go by road, then the Agra outstation taxi makes it well-connected with Delhi and other major places. You can plan a day trip from Jaipur by taking the NH11 route which takes around 4-5 hours. Besides, Gwalior is connected by NH3 (2 to 3 hours drive), Lucknow (4 hours drive), and Kanpur (4 to 5 hours drive.
- The Taj Mahal in Agra opens 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise and closes its gates about 30 minutes before sunset each day.
- Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays for public viewing.
The entry fees of the monument differ according to the time, while the normal fee structure is –
- For foreign nationals – INR 1100/- per person
- For SAARC and BIMSTEC nationals – INR 540/- per person
- For Indian nationals – INR 50/-
- For Main Mausoleum – INR 200/-
Photography and Videography are permitted inside the premises but restricted in the mausoleum. Tripods are strictly prohibited. Before entering, you must remove or cover your shoes.
So, now that you know everything about the Taj Mahal, when are you going to take a live tour of this monument? Plan your Agra trip with Rajasthan Cab for a same-day or multi-day tour to the city and enjoy your refreshing escape to the lovely Taj City.
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