I know the DIVINE BEAUTY I’ve seen and experienced from the bottom of my heart; I can never express that same feeling here in words. But I can try to recollect my wonder and thought about the incredible Taj and share with you all. How did I explore the world’s most beautiful mausoleum, Taj Mahal (Crown Palace)? So here is my Taj Mahal Tour in Agra, which is under the state of Uttar Pradesh, India…
Taj Mahal View from the Great Gate
WOW! Yes, it was my first expression or word when I took a glance to the tomb from the main entrance or Great Gate. At the same time, I’ve been undoubtedly cleared, Taj Mahal is the unbeatable living wonder. This white marble beauty deserved the crown of World of Wonder. And yes, I’ll be always in love with the purity of this architect.
My Taj Mahal Tour in Agra
Taj Mahal is the masterpiece art of the architect and one of the best Mughal Architectures of the fifth Emperor Shah Jahan. His beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal’s last wish (before dying) was this Taj Mahal. She wanted to keep their love unforgettable and memorable. Shah Jahan kept her words and created a living example of the Eternity of Love. The best ever wonderful gift to the beloved in the world.
Taj Mahal in Agra
The duration of Taj Mahal creation was between 1631–1653. The designer or architect was Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. It took 22 years and 20,000 workers to build up this most beautiful Islamic Architect in India. During that time, it cost 32 crore Indian rupees.
Agra became the main tourist attractions in India because of Taj Mahal. It is known as the city of Taj. This September I made a morning visit here. I was super happy by thinking that finally one of my dreams fulfilled. When I was walking to the tomb from the Taj Garden walkways, I just don’t know how I came back to that old era and remembering the story behind the creation of Taj Mahal. How beautiful one man made creation can be! Until I was in Taj Mahal Complex, it just made me wonder and wonder.
Taj Mahal Complex
What I Explored
It is said that 22 domes of the Great Gate (main entrance) of the Taj Mahal Complex indicate the duration (22 years) of this monument. The Char Bagh Garden or the Taj Mahal Garden has created extra beauty of the whole complex. The main attraction is the Tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, and this is the Taj Mahal. Later Shah Jahan’s tomb too placed beside her by their son Aurangzeb.
Great Gate of Taj Mahal
Two red sandstone architects in the middle of the marble palace are also viewable from the terrace of the Taj Mahal. One is the Mosque in the west and the Guest House in the east and both got the same architectural design to balance the creation of Taj. Here you can also see the view of the Yamuna river.
Mosque at Taj Mahal
The magical Taj Mahal is also the finest example of Symmetric Monument. In the entire complex from the entrance to the garden walkways and then the pavement to the mausoleum you can see the optimal uses of the shapes or patterns of squares, rectangles, stars, hexagons, octagons and diamonds. What an intelligent creation during that time! Just mind-blowing…
My guide told me here inside the Taj Mahal Complex every star shape indicates the total number of workers (20,000) who played a great role to build up this architect. And so each and every worker is like a Star. There are many myths about Taj Mahal, but whatever it is I’ve loved this to know, I wish it’s true.
Star Shape Tiling at Taj Mahal Complex
Floral Marble Artwork with the Balance of Symmetry
What I Loved
Three things I’ve loved about this creation. And I’m sure these are the points still attracted many tourists all over the world to visit Taj Mahal.
Symbol of Love
Taj Mahal is known as the Symbol of Love. The Taj story made us surprised and teaches the significance of true love at the same time. It became now the dream of every lover to visit at least once in their lifetime here with their beloved to fall in love again. This beauty binds you, with love no matter what you’re. This is the main reason why millions of tourists every year made a visit here. How magical is the soul of life (pure love)?
Purity of Architect
Yes, many precious jewels, stones or marbles from many places have been used to increase the beauty of Taj Mahal. And millions cashes invested here, but the white beauty of marble created purity on this monument. I’ve loved the beautiful floral marble artworks. Definitely, it has given a soul on white marble with the colorful floral decorations and calligraphy in the Arabic text (Holy Qur’an Verses). It was so soulful when I listened the longest sound reflection of my name inside the dome of the Taj Mahal.
Beauty of Taj Mahal
Symbol of Peace
How about if you see this beauty as Symbol of Peace too? Yes, Taj Mahal also shows us the importance of peace through love where no boundaries can stop to think that so. You need to be purified in soul if you solely want peace for others and yourself. No clashes take place when you accept the purity of love and peace. In now-a-days we need this practice the most, to make this earth the peaceful one like the Symbol of Love.
To Explore the Eternity of Love
The majestic beauty of Taj will never stop surprising me. I wish it always come to me with a new treasure in my every visit. Love You Taj!
Points To Be Noted
- Except Friday, other days (morning to evening) are remained open for visitors to visit Taj Mahal.
- Entrance fees are 10 rupees (Indians), 220 rupees (SAARC Nations) and 750 rupees (foreigners).
- Taj Mahal is the New7Wonder of the world.
- This monument is listed by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site.
Here, all photos reserved by me (©nafisa_habib) and captured with Nikon D3100, Nikon CoolPix P600 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The next post will be on the Beauty of Agra Fort. Stay Tuned!
Have you visited Taj Mahal yet? Let’s share, will love to hear from you too…