India’s most recognised monument, the Taj Mahal is a perfect example of magnificent architecture by the Mughal dynasty. It is said to be built-in the 1600s by the great emperor Shah Jahan as an epitome of love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died from excessive blood loss during childbirth.
The Taj Mahal holds up beautifully on the southern banks of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra, India which is just 230 km from the capital: Delhi. This majestic mausoleum took almost twenty years and around twenty thousand workers to be built and is now one of the seven wonders of the world!
I was left in awe to see its perfect symmetry and intrinsic designs carved on ivory-white marble. It takes a great eye of detail to build something with this precision. It leaves you in amazement and also with a lot of questions…
..about the actual history of the place and the tools and techniques that existed several centuries back which lead to the creation of this.
Once you enter the premises, it’s a breath-taking view of the Mughal Charbagh (Persian Garden) with a water channel that leads up to the Taj. It stays in its grand endeavour midst the four minarets around 40 m high which are designed to lean outwards to prevent falling on the mausoleum in case of an earthquake. All standing tall with equal precision.
In stark contrast to the white marble of Taj, are the two red stone buildings. One a mosque and the other a guesthouse both facing the mausoleum on the east and the west side adding up to its beauty.
As I got closer to the Taj, it was an overwhelming experience. It’s so grand, it makes you feel small. To think this place existed before the tall skyscrapers, I can only imagine how it must be like. Ah, also the palaces and forts that existed during that era. Whoa! *sudden mind blown moment*
Upon returning back, I got some postcards to send to my friends from a little market just outside the eastern gate of the premise. I also left with lots of memories and a lesson on architecture to take back.
Also while you’re here, visit the Agra Fort which is merely 1.5 kms away to understand how all of this began.
Things to remember when you visit:
- You can choose to wear shoe covers or go barefoot while you enter inside the mausoleum since shoes are not allowed.
- Photography is also not allowed inside the mausoleum
- Food items, cigarettes, lighters, matchboxes, tripods and drones are not allowed inside the premises
- Cars and bikes ae not allowed within a radius of 500 m of the premises. You’ll have to park your cars and go by the public transport.
- There are three gates – South, East and West to enter the premises. It is preferable to enter through the Eastern gate since it’s closer to all the hotels and a small market where you can get Taj mementoes.
- You can buy tickets on premise.
- Carry a water bottle with you as it can get hot and humid.
- Be prepared to see a lot of tourists inside the premise.
It opens from 6am till 5pm every day except for Fridays when it is closed for prayers.
How to Reach:
Situated just 230 km from Delhi, you can either go by air or rails. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go on a road trip through Yamuna expressway which takes around 3 hours to reach from Delhi.
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