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Overview Taj Mahal Heritage Places Close By In Agra

The Seventh wonder of the world, Taj Mahal made by Shahjahan in the memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are very few buildings in the world with which so many of legends and literature has been produced and so many architects to take the credit of designing this symbol of love.

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Taj the Gateway

Taj Mahal looks like a miniature on the landscape from a distance, but appears to grow as you start to approach it. But, the minute you would enter the open square before the main entrance, you will be surprised to find the Taj Mahal disappear from your sight. Actually, the Taj is hidden by a massive red sandstone gateway within this square. The massive Taj Gateway was completed in the year 1648 and stands 30 m high. The gateway is topped by small cupolas or chhatris.

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Taj View

View of the Taj at noon, the sun strikes the white marble and there is a great dazzle of reflected light. Stand there with averted eyes, looking at everything- the formal gardens, the surrounding walls or red sandstone, the winding river-everything except the monument you have come to see.

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The Signature of Love

Mumtaz Mahal & Shahjahan - Mumtaz Mahal or Arjumand Banu was the woman in whose memory the Taj Mahal was built. Arjumand Banu was daughter of Asaf Khan and when she married Shahjahan at the age of 14 years, imperial city of Agra was already agog with the stories of her beauty. She breathed her last after delivering their 14th child (a daughter) in the city of Burhanpur on June 17, 1631. It is said that Mumtaz Mahal on her deathbed asked Shahjahan to create a symbol of their love for posterity and her loyal husband accepted it immediately.
Shahjahan was the fifth Mughal emperor and most prolific builder in Indian history. Shahjahan is known for his architectural beauties he created in India, especially Taj Mahal - The Eternal Symbol of Love.

view of taj with moon

You might have seen Taj 15 times but when you return back to see it 16th times, you will find it something different from the earlier visit. The Taj at noon, the Taj at sunset, under the full moon, against the setting sun, and against the rising ball of fire, each time the mausoleum acquires a different accent and tells a different story. It was a reminder of the love of a king for his queen Mumtaz Mahal who could inspire such a monument and also of the king himself who could sign his love across the horizon.

Overview :  Agra

Heritage :   Agra Fort Jahangiri Mahal, Musamman Burj, Diwan-I-khas , Diwan-I-Aam , Ram Bagh

Places Close By :   Fatehpur Sikri Itmad-ud-Daulah , Akbars Tomb

In Agra :   Shopping in Agra Cuisine of Agra