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Taj Mahal Facts

Taj Mahal is one of the main tourist attraction in India or we can also say India is also known for  Taj Mahal.

Recently Taj Mahal topped the list of New Seven Wonders of the world.

So....visiting the Taj Mahal ? Before that you should know all the facts about Taj Mahal.

The best Time to Visit March to April and October to December. Expect heavy rainfall during monsoon season in July to September.

The Taj  remains open from 6 am-6 pm everyday except Fridays. Entry fee is   Rs 750 for Foreigners and for indians  entry fee is Rs 20/-.Children under the age of 12 are free.

Get there as early as possible to beat the crowds, and plan to visit the Taj at    least two different times during the day (dusk and dawn are best) in order to experience the full effect of changing sunlight on the amazing building. It is also utterly stunning under a full moon.

There are night viewing sessions on the nights of a full moon and the two days before and after (so five days in total).

 

Something for History Lovers...                                                                 An Elegy created in marble "or an " expression of true love", the Taj Mahal was    built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his Begum Arjumand Bano better known Mumtaj Mahal. The construction of Taj Mahal was started in 1631AD and completed by the end of 1648AD.

For seventeen Years , twenty  thousand workmen       were employed  daily. The accomodation of the fellow workers itself created a small town adjucent to the Monument and named after the deceaded empress as Mumtazabad, now known as Taj Ganj.

Amanat Khan Shiraji was the calligrapher of Taj Mahal    and verses on the tombstone was designed by Poet Gyassuddin. While the       design was given by Ustad Ahmad Lahouri.

Taj Mahal Architecture facts ...if anybody wants to know.                             The Taj stands on a raised square platform with four corners truncated forming      an unequal octagen. The interlocking arabesque concept was applied in its    creation, whereby each element stand on its own and perfecly integrates with      the main structure.

Taj Mahal Stone Carving

The central dome is fifty eight feet in diameter and rises to a height of 213 feet flanked to its sides by four subsidised domed chamber. The minarets, four in    number are 162.5 feet each.

The Mausoleum that houses the grave of Queen Mumtaj is entirely decorated   with inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy was done using precious gems like a gate, jasper, Jade and Crystal The archway chiselled with pasages from the Holy Quoran gives it  a unique charm and adds to its beauty.

The Taj Mausoleum is a part of a vast complex of palatial buildings comprising the main gate, an exquisite garden to the front , a mosque to the left, a guest  house   to the right and the river yamuna behind it.

Over the years ,disabled visitors who came to see the Taj Mahal could        only gaze at it from the entrance. Now , they will be able to get a closer      and more intimate view of the magnificent monument of love, thanks to      the efforts of the authorities. Nine ramps are constructed and 12   wheelchairs are also made available for physically challenged to move conveniently around the Taj complex.

Happy visit to Taj with your love............!

 


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Zeejoburg , gauteng  :“The Highlight Of My Holiday In India.”                          A definite must see!! One can only appreciate the beauty of this wonderful    wonder when seeing it in its original form in agra! Truly breathtaking!! Also on       this website i got many interesting Taj Mahal facts.

Coldupnorth1,Vancouver :“Wonder of the world.”                                         Amazing place to see when your in India. You will never since such a site   anywhere.  It is hot during the summer so I wouldn't go then. But definatly           go here once in your life.

Dslaughts Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom :St Valentines Day Treat”.                                                                                                                        Visited the Taj Mahal with my wife Susan on St Valentines Day 2007 (14th Feb),     it is without doubt one of the most fantastic sites that we have ever seen.

As soon as you walk through the archway to the entrance you become totaly captivated from the firs moment you see the Taj Mahal sitting in the sun, you   could be forgiven for thinking that this ultimate sign of love could be made of      wax and would melt away if you take your eyes off it.

If you vist India make sure you take the time to visit this fantasic sight.

Tania69 Australia                                                                                   After 5 trips to India and alot of tourists telling me that it wasnt worth the      money (US$25), I finally threw caution to the wind and went to visit the most famous monument to love ever built. It was worth it.

From the moment you step through the outer courtyard and get your first glimpse  of the infinity pools and the silhouette of the Taj you are dumbstruck by the magnificence of its perfection. The Moghul architecture is symmetrical in every   way and the qualtiy of the workmanship beyond compare. The landscaping has  been returned to the original condition as designed by Shah Jahan and are also about the cleanest gardens I have seen in India.

Renting a guide makes sense and enhances the experience, but can be offset by  the annoyance of the sheer number of them touting for business. Dont make the mistake of buying from the souvenir shops inside the grounds as costs are horrendous. I had heard about the long queues that start at sunrise and continue through the day, but I arrived with the train from Delhi at about 10am and waited   a total of about 5 minutes to get through security. Sharp items are removed, as there are obviously a number of louts who feel that no place is holy enough to    stop them immortalising their stay with a little creative graffitti.

Anyway, sit back, enjoy the view and soak up the history, the beauty and the  sheer simplicity that make this place world famous and something to remember    until you die.


Vegievan, Manchester  :The beautiful Taj Mahal .                                        There are few buildings that evoke such a depth of feeling. Built as an        expression of the love that Shah Jahan held for his second wife, Mumptaz        Mahal, the beauty of the mausoleum has withstood time and is a true           wonder.

The Taj Mahal is much bigger than I imagined. The building centres on the       resting place of Mumtaz and Jahan. But the Taj Mahal is itself at the centre           of a number of buildings, including a Mosque. The ornate gardens are well   maintained and, at the time of my visit, were crowded with visitors, mainly         from within India......

Sunny, Ontario Canada  :A Life changing experienceI had the honor of     spending 3 month in India some years ago, and one memory that will be with        me for the rest of my life was visiting the Taj Mahal......

 



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