Sir Edwin Arnold, an English poet best described Taj Mahal as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” Built during the 16th and the 18th century, this epitome is crowning jewel to Indo-Islamic architectural style. It stands on the bank of river Yamuna in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and is one of the highly visited tourist destination in India.
Taj Mahal describes the deep love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. With following his beloved wish list, he began constructing this masterpiece in 1631. It is said that more then 1000 elephants and 20, 000 workers were deployed to built this symbol of eternal love. The monument was completed in 22 years.
History says that Shah Jahan’s two biggest passions were architecture and jewelery and both are highly reflected in the Taj Mahal. The outstanding design, carvings of floral, calligraphic and geometric designs demands keen observation. Some best calligraphy of Koranic verses can be encountered around the entrance arches and on the two headstones.
Taj Mahal on the full moon night glows like a star on the sky. The white marble monument receives attention, when the light and sound shows are arranged following the dramatic presentation of Mughal history.
When in Agra, its worthy to enjoy a tonga ride to the Taj Mahal. Camel cart and Eco-friendly battery driven car also stand in row to offer best services to the tourist.
Kheria airport in Agra is well connected to Delhi International Airport by means of Indian Airlines.
Agra has three important railway stations and Agra Cant is the main train station. Super fast Shatabdi Express and Taj Express connects Delhi and Agra at regular interval of time.