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A white marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal is a magnificent architectural beauty located in Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during the birth of their 14th child. The white domed marble mausoleum is considered the finest example of the Mughal architecture for which it is recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India. The almost supernatural architectural beauty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is widely recognized as one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. No wonder, the indomitable Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Began construction around 1631, it was told that it took 22 years for 20,000 workers to complete this impregnable architectural beauty. While the white domed marble mausoleum formed the most familiar component, Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. It was said that the principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings including the minarets, mosque, jawab, gateway and garden were finished five years later. So the whole lot of this majestic beauty was said to be completed around 1653. The Taj was built in Mughal architectural style with combination of Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural style. Though, the construction of the Taj was entrusted to a board of architects including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan and Ustad Ahmed Lahauri, Lahauri was credited to be the main architect of this majestic beauty.
It is said that, besides human labor forces, more than 1,000 elephants were employed for the transportation of the construction materials. The construction materials includes different types of marbles brought from various regions and Asian countries including Rajasthan, Punjab, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Arabia. Further, it is said that as many as 28 different varieties of precious and semi-precious stones were used to adorn the Taj, and also said that passages from Quran were used throughout the complex as decorative elements.
While the marble dome that surmounts the tomb is the central focus and most spectacular feature, the surrounding complex and the rainbow-look garden are no less extravagant and captivating. The exterior decorations are among the finest in any Mughal style of architecture. It is said that Taj Mahal appears different color every time one gaze whether or not there is moonlight at night or rain or sun during the day. Some believe that this changing of colors depict the different moods of a women. The entire interior decoration is exquisitely inlayed with precious and semi precious gemstones. The majestic beauty of the Taj is simply inexplicable and is just beyond description. Indeed, one of the most beautiful masterpieces of the world’s heritage it is. It is not surprising that Taj Mahal attracts 2-4 million visitors annually with more than 2, 00,000 visitors from overseas.
So now planning to head out to explore the magical attraction of this unbeatable architectural beauty? Want to know more information about the Taj Mahal regarding the timings, visiting fees and the like? Taj Mahal is open to visitors from dawn till dusk and all days except Friday. It is just a drive of 4-5 hours from the national capital city Delhi. The visiting fee structure is Rs. 750 for foreign tourists, Rs. 510 for visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries, Rs. 20 for domestic visitors and no visiting fee for children below 15 years of age irrespective foreign or domestic.