Visiting the Taj Mahal: Plan the perfect trip to India’s iconic monument
The Taj Mahal is living evidence of human love and passion, that neither history dares to vanish nor does time dare to forget. The pure embodiment of love was created by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was built out of immense love that made thousands of people bow down to their knees. It is a wonder of wonders in the world, where you’ll fall in love with the Mughal era and pleasure yourself with its splendid architecture and royal bliss. If you haven’t been to the Taj Mahal, then let’s help you plan a wonderful visit to the iconic edifice. Here’s a proper guide to planning the perfect trip to the Taj Mahal in the Agra Tour Package.
About Taj Mahal –
Widely popular as one of the most beautiful edifices in the world, the Taj Mahal is in the historical city of Agra. The Taj Mahal is called the “symbol of Love”. There’re so many travellers who flock around admiring the beauty of the monument and appreciating the milky white architecture. Taj Mahal is well-known as the crown of palaces in Persian, giving a breathtaking sight to enthusiasts. The monument is regarded as one of the finest Mughal architectures in India which are also renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most amazing part of visiting the Taj Mahal is appreciating the elegance of aptness of extents and the luxuriousness of geometrical prototypes of such gracefully adorned gardens that enhance the dignity of the monument. Adding glory to the slenderness of this symbol of love, perseverance, and beauty.
Best time to visit –
Travellers are advised to embark on a visit to Taj, either during the time of sunrise or sunset. These are the best times of the day that provide breathtaking views of this monument against the colors of the sky. One should embark on a visit to Agra between October to March, as the climate is pleasant for exploration. The scorching heat of summers from April to September won’t bother travellers visiting the Taj.
History of Taj Mahal –
The popular Taj mahal tends to intrigue the listeners and was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Often, we refer to it as a symbol of immense love; the emperor was left so heartbroken that his hair turned gray eventually in grief. This is when he decided to build a memorial site in her memory and the construction began in 1632.
The construction of this monument took eight years to finish. The sad part of the past is, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his own son Aurangzeb soon after the building was finished. He was kept imprisoned inside the Agra Fort for the rest of his life, where he used to look at his remarkable creation through the window for admiring it and remember his lovely wife. He died in 1666 and was buried alongside his wife, Mumtaz, inside the tomb of the Taj Mahal.
It is believed that over 20,000 people from Central Asia and India were recruited to work on the construction of the architecture. Shah Jahan was keen to bring some specialists from Europe to produce the delicate white marbles and pietra dura, which turned out with thousands of semiprecious stones. In 1983, the Taj Mahal was given a highly reputed designation and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. It underwent a big restoration in the early 20th century.
Interesting facts about the Taj Mahal –
Being one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal’s location is an interesting spot to visit and explore during an Agra sightseeing tour. Some interesting facts about this place are –
1. In its architecture, there’s a small hole in the ceiling making it look like a flaw in the magnificent Taj. It is said that one of the artisans decided to damage the emperor’s dream of creating a flawless monument.
2. The minarets were built leaning outwards to protect it from natural calamities like earthquake.
3. There was a temple built and named after the infamous and one of the biggest Indian conmen Natwarlal, who apparently sold the grandiose.
4. The groundwork of the Taj would have worn out years ago if it hadn’t been for the Yamuna River.
5. The illustrious interior of Taj Can blind anyone with its magnificent decorative work.
Important travel information:
Timings – The monument opens 30-45 minutes before sunrise and closes its gate around 30 minutes before sunset every day.
Entry Fee – The entry fee for this monument differs for the citizens of different countries. The normal fee structure is:
Foreign nationals – INR 1100/- per person
SAARC and BIMSTEC nationals – INR 540/- per person
Indian nationals – INR 50/- per person
Main Mausoleum – INR 200/- per person
So, when are you going to plan your Agra tour or hop on to the Golden Triangle Tour? Book a trip to Agra and marvel at this magnificent piece of our heritage that speaks volumes about the past. Discover the secrets it beholds and what makes it irresistible for those visiting the country for the first time.