Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is a pearly white mausoleum in Agra built between 1631 and 1648. This masterpiece was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for being the jewel of Muslim art in India. The beauty of Taj Mahal has earned it a place among the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit here to fall in love with its Persian and Mughal architecture. The main attraction of the monument is its grand dome which is nearly 35 meters (115 ft) high. Get Tour Quotes

History

The Taj Mahal sits on the right bank of the beautiful Yamuna River. The main structure is nestling with the awe-inspiring Mughal garden sprawling over an area of nearly 17 hectares. The construction work of Taj Mahal was started in 1632 AD and was completed in 1648 AD. To shape this ancient wonder, the emperor ordered over 22,000 labourer, stone-cutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome builders and numerous other artisans from his empire as well as from the Central Asia and Iran. It is also believed over 1,000 elephants were deployed to transfer building materials used during the construction.

Architecture

Taj Mahal is surely the greatest architectural success among all the monuments built in Indo-Islamic architecture. The color blend of lush emerald gardens, reddish pathway, clear blue sky and pearly white Taj make the whole scene look like a perfect scenery. The marble and inlay work with precious and semi precious stones make many jaws drop. The dome of Taj Mahal is its most beautiful feature. It is around 35 meters (115 ft) high and is decorated with a lotus design. Four minarets frame the tomb at each corner, adding to its beauty. These minarets are more than 40 meters high and are divided into three parts. Some of the most beautiful works inside the Taj mahal include flowers carved in marble, detail of pietra dura jali inlay, intricate pierce work, incised painting, and jail work. Get Tour Quotes

Garden

The Mughal garden around Taj Mahal makes this monument look astonishing. The garden has raised pathways where visitors can walk to enjoy the sceneries around. Enjoy views of reflecting pool shadowing the Taj. These are Persian gardens which were introduced in India by Babur.

Entrance Fee for the Taj Mahal

Indians: Rs. 50
NRI/Foreigners: Rs. 1300 (around 20 US$)
Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries: Rs. 740 (around 12 US$)

The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

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