Perhaps, one of the most known places in India. The first thing that you think of when somebody says India.
Yes, you are right.
The Marvellous Taj!
The Majestic symbol of love!
Located in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
Without the slightest of doubt it should definitely be in your Bucket List, because it is impossible to recreate what you will see.
The great Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1648. Considered the most perfect specimen of Muslim art in India, the white-marble Taj Mahal actually represents a number of architectural styles, including Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian.
There we stood in the queue, waiting for our turn to get ourselves checked and enter. As soon as it happened, we hurdled towards the Darwaza-i Rauza (The Great Gate) through the dense crowd getting a mere glimpse of what stood right after it.
The moment we passed through the gate, the sun glared in our eyes and accentuated the Ivory-white marble Mausoleum. I couldn’t take my eyes of the staggering structure that stood in front of me. I remember having goosebumps and holding tighter onto his hands.
Everyone started taking pictures, contrary to what I did i.e., holding on to his hands and just treasuring the moment.
Nevertheless, we started moving closer to it through the beautiful garden which amplified the beauty of the Taj. We climbed up the stairs to step on the burning (due to scorching sun) marble floor of the Taj. We had to buy disposable socks so as to not smirch the beauty.
The 4 minarets framing the tomb were incredibly tall. Apparently these minarets are built in such a way that if there’s natural calamity such as an earthquake, they wouldn’t fall on the tomb but fall outwards. We walked pass all of them as we circuited around the tomb just to join the queue for having an interior tour of the Taj Mahal. Yet again, we had to struggle our way through crowd and found ourselves in the tomb where stood The false sarcophagi of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan in the main chamber.
But, The actual tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are in the lower level where the entry is restricted. Isn’t it amazing what grief-stricken Shah Jahan built, just in the memory of his most cherished wife Mumtaz Mahal after she died giving birth to their 14th child.
Nevertheless the architecture was amazingly exquisite. The Urdu inscriptions on the wall were incredibly calligraphed. The incised painting and marble carving along with other interior decor made it much more beautiful. The interior also consisted of the gems and diamonds inscribed on the walls, which were looted by the British when India was colonised.
We walked our way out of the tomb all astounded by the unique architecture discussing about its history. It was tons of information to gulp in.
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Foreign Tourist : Rs 1000
Domestic Tourist: Rs 40