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Taj Mahal

This monument is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the most beautiful monument of the whole world. This was a mark of love and honour by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to her 14th child and Shah Jahan was completely shattered. After this he built this beautiful mausoleum about which he himself said that even the sun and the moon would shed tears after seeing it. The main building was built in 8 years after the monument started being built in the year 1631 but the whole complex was completed in the year 1653. The monument is built right on the banks of the River Yamuna and is a symbol of purity and love. The white marble used here makes the place looks even more peaceful when the reflection of the monument falls on the waters of the Yamuna. The red sandstone mosque is also a part of the monument complex. Immediately after the building was completed, Shah Jahan was overpowered by his son Aurangzeb and was imprisoned inside the Agra Fort. He could only sit and look at the Taj Mahal till he died in the year 1666. The building has intricate work especially the beautiful lattice work and the Quran is inscribed on the walls of the monument in the form of beautiful calligraphy. The Persian Garden inside the monument complex is another attraction for the tourists. Every week thousands of people come to visit this place and to experience their dream come true. Some also have to leave disappointed at times but there is alsways a desire left to come back.
The Entry to the Gate:We got down on the West gate from where the TajMahal ticket counters are hardly 500 mtrs. One could easily take a walk too but we took tuk - tuk which costed us 50 rs one side. You will find many authorised guides outside the parking telling you that there is huge line inside, you have to wait hours to get the tickets, and in case you book the guide you will have no waiting time and won't have to wait for too long in the queue to get inside the Tajamal. We asked him the prices, he showed us his card in which the prices were as Rs 1275 or Rs 1375. We negotiated and believe me he came down to Rs 200 and till then we were like no we don't want the guide now.We took the tuk tuk and reached the entry gate in another 5 mins where the tuk tuk wala told us that the gets are closed from 11 : 30 to 12 : 30 as the cleaning process is carried out in the area so till then you can visit the Meena Bazaar. We visited the Bazaar, which holds things like banana saree, pineapple saree, mud saree, leather shoes, and mosquito repellant bedsheets. But we ended up buying nothing.
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra, India. It was commissioned by Mughal emperor, "Shah Jahan" in 1632 for his favourite wife "Mumtaz Mahal" who died during the birth of their 14th child. This is how he describes it in his own words: “Should guilty seek asylum here, like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin. Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, all his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs, and the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made to display thereby the creator’s glory.”The Taj Mahal took two decades to complete and was said to be architect by Ustad Ahmad Lahouri (the same person who designed the red fort at Dehli). The exterior & interior of the mausoleum is made of white marble that has been carved, painted, and inlaid with precious stones. The design is a combination of Indian, Persian, and Turkic styles. Passages from the Qur’an are also used as decorative elements. The inner chamber where the tombs are located is in the shape of an octagon. Surrounding the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal is an octagonal-shaped marble screen.The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year and in 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.
Sumit Chauhan
People were taking selfies on the main entrance gate. Just front of the main Tajmahal. Taking photos with the tip of the Tajmahal monuments. Majority People and crowed.Majority were Indian there. Asian, European was also present. some of the tourist also discussed with me how they got e-Tourist visa.At Evening there was a train towards Delhi was there.till 12:30 i was at my home.it was fantastic journey a enjoy a lot.
Siva Ilankumaran
Taj Mahal lived upto its literal meaning of 'Crown of the Palaces', time immemorial. All the hype and buzz for the architectural wonder is noway far fetched. There is no other place that lingered in my mind than Taj Mahal. When I was in Agra, I couldn't get over with Taj and I kept going to one place or other to get the glimpse of beauty. There are times people complained that the beauty is deteriorating, Taj has lost its original charm, the monument is not maintained well and there are times people regret their luck endup being when repair-in-progress scaffolding drape over the Taj. If you were one among the above notion-ed, it could only be one unfortunate fate than anything. Because the Taj Mahal is still the best palace of the world even in Mar'19 when I visited. If you have any image of Taj other than absolute beauty, please do visit one more time (just make sure no repair work in progress) and you are definitely going to change the image just in one sight. An absolute love at first sight type.The beauty of Taj Mahal montage-d, as devoured, from various places, (yet still few places are unexplored) through the lines of "Yoonoos Peerbocus".
Amitesh Kochhar