There is no other monument in India that can match the beauty of Taj Mahal which was built by the mughal emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal after she died in 1631. The Taj Mahal has been marked as the symbol of eternal love worldwide. The mausoleum has been established with the white marble which has been surrounded green gardens and also offers the breathtaking view. The Taj Mahal is the UNESCO Heritage Site and is also considered as one of the wonders of the world and is the supreme example od Mughal architecture in India.
History of Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is the elegant structure established in the year 1631 in the memory of his wife Arjumand Banu Begam who is popularly as Mumtaz Mahal. The chief designer of the world's beautiful building was Ustad Ahmad Lahuri. Amanat Khan from Iran was the calligrapher and the dome was designed by Ismail Afandi of Ottoman Empire. There were more than 20,000 labors who worked for day and night to shape the imagination of Shah Jahan. After they worked continuously for 22 years, Taj Mahal was finally completed in the year 1653.
Architecture of Taj Mahal
The architecture of Taj Mahal is counted among the world architectural wonders. Shah Jahan always wanted to be beautiful so that whole world turns on to it. There is no other monument which is as wonderful as the architecture of Taj Mahal. The architecture of Taj Mahal has been made in the sync having the exclusive feature which is quite different from other monuments. The Mughal tomb has been made in certain pattern. The Mughal tomb has been made with the garden encircled the central building in the particular type of work and grave adornments.
Monuments around Taj Mahal
Culturally rich and splendid city of Agra is quite popular internationally as the land of Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love. This marvelous structure is visited by numerous tourists every year along with the city. There are many other special structures that belongs to the Mughal era and is also having outstanding architecture and intricate decoration. There are also number of other monuments that are worth visiting and they are: Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-Daullah's Tomb, Chini ka Rauza and Sikandara. These monuments have the brilliant palaces, multi storey minarets and also green gardens.
Excursions around Taj Mahal
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary:Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary is the great pull for the wildlife lovers. It is the wonderful habitat for the animals which was actually established by Maharaja.
Delhi "the capital":Delhi is known to be the heart and soul of the country where thousands of history lives in. the city is the political capital and is having the highest caliber in displaying the best of entertainment and cultural show. Tourists comes to the capital to experience the colors of India as the city is having versatility in displaying them.
Jaipur "the pink city":The city of Jaipur counted in one of the most vibrant and colorful city of the country. The city is popular for its colorful culture, forts, palaces and lakes with the rich history. The city of Jaipur is quite attractive and is a planned city.
Reaching Taj Mahal in Agra:
By Air: There are number of flights like Indian Airlines that is operated daily between Delhi and Agra. The Kheria airport in Agra is located at the distance of 6 kilometers from the Agra city. One can easily get taxi or auto rickshaw to reach Taj Mahal.
By Railways: Agra and Delhi is well connected by railways. The Shtabdi Express, Taj Express and Intercity Express offers the best service to the travelers. The closest railway station from Agra is the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, Raja-ki-Mundi Railway Station and Agra Fort Railway Station from where one can easily reach Taj Mahal.
By Road: Agra is well linked by road with Delhi, Lucknow, Gwalior and Jhansi. Both AC and Non AC buses regularly connects to the city. The road journey from Delhi to Agra is 200 kilometers.