"Taj Mahal" Agra by bharat_tanwar

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Monument of Love a Wonder From India

Taj Mahal - "the paradigm of love", "a monument of unmatched beauty". The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction.

magnificent architecture inspiring Love

For centuries, the Taj Mahal has inspired poets, painters and musicians to try and capture its elusive magic in word, colour and song. It is one of the most flawless architectural creations of the world. Since the 17th century, travellers from all the directions to come and see this ultimate memorial of love, and few have been unmoved by its incomparable beauty.
The site selected for the tomb was a garden by the Yamuna river, unshadowed by any other structure. The garden had been laid by Raja Man Singh of Amber and now belonged to his grndson, Raja Jai Singh. By a royal firman, Shahjahan gave Jai Singh four havelis in exchange for the garden. The site was also chosen because it was located on a bend in the river, and so could be seen from Shahjahan’s personal palace in Agra Fort, further upstream.

Work on the mausoleum began in 1633 and 20,000 workers laboured for 17 years to build it. The most skilled architects, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons came from all across Indian and lands as distant as Persia and Turkey. The master mason was from Baghdab, an expert in building the double dome from Persia, and an inlay specialist from Delhi.

Location & Distance

Taj Mahal stands in the city of Agra, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the Yamuna River. Its approx 200 km south east of New Delhi. Agra is very well connected with New Delhi by road, rail & air travels....it takes 2 hours by most of the fast trains, around 4 hours by road & half & hours by air.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:its attractive & addictive beauty, one can fall in love with this white wonder.
  • Cons:Avoid local tranpotation & busy markets in Agra.
  • Last visit to Agra: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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