We all know this as a majestic architecture built with white marble. True. For decades, the Taj Mahal has been the symbol of love, not without a good reason.
Bit of history here will be good, I promise I will keep it short.
Shah Jahan, the king of the Mughal Empire was very much in love with the queen who he called Mumtaz. She is said to be so beautiful that even the moon will hide its face in shame. This love is what made the king come up with this marvel. It took more than decades to complete.
Thousands of workers worked hard to get this build with all marble for this queen. There are also saying that the chief of construction had to lose his thumb because the king does not want him to make another beauty like Taj Mahal.
Unfortunate truth. The hand that created this masterpiece was supposed to be gifted with Gold & Diamonds. Maybe it was. But at the cost of its own thumb!
How to reach
Should I really need to tell you it is in Agra? Yes, and Agra is connected well by road and rail from Delhi.
I know many here will complain about the crowds in here and the probability of taking a picture with no or
Here is a secret to make it happen. If you are ready to sacrifice your early morning sleep, then you can!
Taj Mahal opens at 6am in the morning, so if you can make sure you are at the gate at this time, then it’s all yours.
And the most beautiful viewpoint? No, not in the Taj Mahal, it’s the one from behind the Yamuna river. If you can make it to the other side of Yamuna and take a picture of Taj Mahal, you will know why I say this.
Here are the details for the prices of the entry tickets. For more updated information, please visit the Official site.
|S.No.||Tourist Type||Amount (Rs.) |
(Inclusive of ASI & ADA fees)
|1.||Foreign tourist||1100/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)|
|2.||Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries||540/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)|
|3.||Domestic/Indian||50/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)|
Ok, let us get into the Taj now.
Although there is no strict dress code, dress conveniently and respectfully. One thing I want to highlight is to have a shoe that is easy to slip on.
You are not allowed to take in any eatables, cigarettes, or lighters.
When you enter and walked into the short hallway, the view of the Taj Mahal at the end of it will mesmerize you for sure. It’s massive size is evident straight away, even from this distance.
You could see the trees lined along the pathway that lead the way to the mausoleum. Do not miss the beautiful fountain that stretches from the gate to the Taj Mahal. Feel lucky if the fountain was operated during your visit. Because it’s not always operated.
Believe me, if you want to take some picture like this, you need to WAIT. Numerous people can be found sitting and playing with their camera. Most people do not use the best lens in the world gifted by God – EYE. It’s sad truth.
The exterior of the Taj is made up of white marble. The marbles are not just placed but has been carved, painted, and has works of precious stones. I will not say that the design is entirely Arabic or Indian. It’s more a combination of Indian-Arabic-Persian.
You will also visualize the verses from Quran inscribed on the marble. Taj Mahal
When you follow the line and finally enter the mausoleum, you need to cover your shoes with add-ons provided by the facility. Long back, it used to be barefoot. And I still remember the dancing we were doing on those hot stones while walking in there. Memories!!!
Once you enter, the inner chamber has the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. What you see here is the false sarcophagi of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. And the actual graves are at a lower level, which has no access to the visitors.
These are in the shape of Octagon very symmetrical. Everything is perfectly cut and placed so precisely to make it symmetrical. The only light you will notice that enters is through the windows along the walls.
Try grabbing the pillar, get your friends to see how many you really need to cover this circumference. Have fun.
I am sure, most of the time in Taj Mahal will fly in admiring the White beauty.
It’s been several years I have been here, but the memories are still fresh – because I took most memories using the God gifted eyes.
I recommend you to spend more time to store such memories, while you are in there.
With this, we are almost at the end of the train journey. It’s time to get back to the seat and be ready to be in Prayagraj, by Sapna.
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