Taj Mahal Tour
Counted amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shahjehan as a mausoleum of love in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Such is the magical attraction and beauty of the Taj that it attracts visitors from all across the globe into its fold.
A bit about its history…
Visitors who step into the precincts of the Taj are taken aback by the beauty of this mausoleum in white marble that was built in the 17th century by the combined effort of more than twenty thousand workers who toiled for twenty years to make this dream of Emperor Shahjehan a reality. Legend goes that Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to their 14th child and she had extracted a promise from him that he builds a Mausoleum in her name and visits the tomb on his death anniversary. She also wanted that he should marry again and that he should be good to his children after her death.
You won’t feel like leaving this place…
Yes...that’s what happens when someone sets foot on the roof of the Taj. The place has such a magnetic appeal that it grips you when you stay in it for a few moments. Watching the Taj on a full moon night is an experience that stays with you forever as the white marble glows like diamond in moonlight. Tourists who step into Agra have to disembark from their motorized vehicles and hop on to cycle rickshaws as the government has banned motor vehicles being plied around the Taj as it leads to air pollution and yellowing of the white marble that was witnessed in the late 1980’s.
People entering the Taj first pay homage to the underground grave of Mumtaz Mahal that is separated from public view with a perforated iron grill. It is common practice to throw coins on the grave as mark of homage to the queen. Thereafter tourists can proceed to the roof through the stairs and can take a close look at the carvings made in the walls. The view of the flowing Yamuna behind and the lush green landscapes all around are a sight to behold. The fountains in front of the Taj offer the perfect photo-opportunity for visitors and so are the well manicured gardens that have been maintained till date in perfect condition.
No trip to India is complete without a trip to the Taj Mahal and if you haven’t included it in your itinerary till now…do it today…you will never see something like this ever!