Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most famous buildings, the mausoleum of Shahjahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the seven new wonders of the world, and one of the three world heritage sites in Agra.
The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal King Shah Jahan as the last resting place for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of labor and 2000 workers, masons and jewelers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens, Built by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa, the Taj Mahal are on the bank of the Yamuna River. This can be seen from the fort of Agra, from where Emperor Shah Jahan visited it for the last eight years of his life, a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. This is an accepted piece of homogeneity. The verses of the Qur’an are engraved on it and there are twenty two small dome at the top of the gate. The Taj Mahal was built on a marble platform that stands on a sandstone. The most beautiful dome of the Taj Mahal is 60 feet in diameter and directly below this dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal up to a height of 80 feet. Shah Jahan’s tomb was erected next to hers by his son Aurangzeb. The interiors are decorated with finely work. Incorporating semi-precious stones.
Taj Mahal in the Morning
The glory of the monument is strangely undiminished by the crowds of tourists who visit each day, as small and insignificant as ants in the face of this immense and captivating monument. That said, the Taj is at its most alluring in the relative quiet of the early morning, shrouded in mist and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its color changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white; it’s well worth visiting at different times.
The beauty of Taj Mahal during Day
Dawn is a magical time when it’s virtually deserted and the first rays of sunlight up to the Taj. In the afternoon, the Taj is a bright spectacle in white, and in the evening the Taj reflects the orange glow of the setting sun. The Taj Mahal shows a different aspect of beauty at different times of the day. The view of the Taj is an unforgettable sight with the subtle peep of dawn.
Taj Mahal at Sunset
Sunsets spread the crown with an orange hue. But nothing beats the poignant beauty of the Taj has seen when the cool white marble is bathed in the soft silver light of the moon. Even in the bright light of day, this wonder of the world is awe-inspiring love.
The Taj Mahal is open from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm every day except Friday. The cost of entry for foreigners is 250 rupees (more than Rs 500) and Rs 20 for Indians. 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) to experience the full effect of changing sunlight on the amazing building. It is also utterly stunning under a full moon. To buy tickets, you can go to the south gate, but this gate is 1 km far away from the entrance and the counter opens at 8:00 AM. At the west and east gate, the counter open at 6:00 AM.