Why Taj Mahal is 7 Wonders?
Taj Mahal is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Situated in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, this wonder stands proudly on the banks of river Yamuna in the Agra district. More than 350 years older, this mausoleum was built in the 17th century by the emperor Shah Jahan. The structure is considered as one of the biggest accomplishments of the Mughal empire and is a price possession of India, and it is still the most visited tourist site in India.
The principal architect of the Taj Mahal was Ahmed Shah Lahauri.
Material from all over India and Asia were used to construct the Taj Mahal and over 1,000 elephants were used to carry building material. The white marble was sourced from Makrana in Rajasthan, turquoise from Tibet, lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, jade and crystal from China and sapphire from Sri Lanka and Arabia.
It is believed that the Taj Mahal was constructed in such a way that the white marble reflects the sky. So, the monument changes its colours during the day. Early morning the Taj Mahal appears pinkish, milky white at noon, a sparkling golden at sunset and shimmering silver in the moonlight.
What is the story behind Taj Mahal?
HISTORY OF TAJ MAHAL
Taj Mahal is renowned all over the world as an everlasting symbol of love. The ivory-white mausoleum was originally commissioned by the Mughal emperor in remembrance of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This sepulchre now houses both the remains of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal inside it. Honouring Mumtaz’s wishes, Iranian architect Ustad Isa was appointed for the architecture of the magnificent facade. It took over 22 years of continuous labour to get the structure complete. This mausoleum is the result of over 20000 workers. It is said that to preserve the uniqueness of the ‘Crown of the Palace’, the hands of all worker were cut off after the construction so that they won’t build any monuments like it.
The Taj Mahal is a perfect embodiment of Indo-Islamic architecture. There are 5 major elements to the structure. The first is the “Darwaza” or the main gateway. Through the magnificent designs adorning the gateway, one steps into the “Bageecha”, also known as the garden. The garden is covered in lush greenery and blossoming flowers. The left of the taj houses the Masjid. The Masjid is built with red sandstone and is a place for prayers and divinity. On the right side of the Taj is the rest house or “Naqqar Khaana”. Moving forward, one can see the tomb, in all its glory, build with ivory marbles, one of the biggest dedications to love.
The most spectacular feature of the tomb is the marble dome that is mounted on the tomb. The top is decorated with the design of a lotus and is also known as the “onion dome”.
HOW TO BOOK TAJ MAHAL TICKET ONLINE
You can book your Taj Mahal Online ticket from the Archaeological Survey of India website, which gives you a list of monuments under ASI whose tickets you can book. Select the monument, enter your name, age, gender, the type of ID proof you are offering, from passport, Aadhaar card, driving license to voter’s card, including the unique ID number. A maximum of 20 adults and 10 children are allowed per booking
|Entry Fee (Indian)
|INR 45 ( Additional INR 200 to see the main mausoleum)
|Entry Fee (SAARC and BIMSTEC)
|INR 535 ( Additional INR 200 to see the main mausoleum)
|Entry Fee (Foreigner )
|INR 1050 (Additional NR 200 to see the main mausoleum)
|Entry Below (Children Below Age 15)
KALAKRITI MOHABBAT e TAJ SHOW – Must Watch
A great show about an exciting story of the Taj Mahal. There is a show named ‘Mohabbat-e-Taj’ that is held at Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center in Agra to depict the saga of Mumtaj Mahal and Shah Jahan. It is a live show which is presented by the Sanskritik Natyashala. The show is an effort to hold up the cultural and historical heritage of India. The show presents splendid lifestyle of Mughal dynasty.
Vital Information for Visitors Address:
Mohabbat-e-Taj Show, Kalakriti Cultural & Convention Center, Agra, U.P. Open & Close:
Open on all days
First Show: 06.30 pm to 08.00 pm
Second Show: 08.30 pm to 10.00 pm Entry Fees:
Maharaja: INR 6700
Platinum: INR 3200
Gold: INR 2800
Silver: INR 2600
HOW TO REACH TAJ MAHAL
By Road: If you are coming from New Delhi by road, you can take the Yamuna Expressway connecting Greater Noida with Agra; it is a 165 km drive.
By Train:Agra Cantt is a major railway head in Agra, and is at a distance of about six kilometers from the Taj Mahal. This railway station is well connected by other local means of transport like taxis and state buses. The fastest train from Delhi to Agra Cantt is India’s capital Delhi, which leaves Hazrat Nizamuddin at 08:10 AM and reaches Agra Cantt station in 100 minutes with an average speed of 112 km/hr. Alternatively, you can also choose second best option, Shatabdi Express which departs from New Delhi at 06:00 AM and reaches you Agra Cantt at 08:00 AM. Taj Express is also a major train that travels between Delhi and Agra in an average of 2.5 hours.
The nearest railway station to the Taj is the Agra Fort railway station which is just a mere 3 km away from the structure. A part of the northern railways, the station is well connected to many major cities and is a part of many busy train routes. The railways are the preferred mode of transportation for the local tourists due to the closeness to major tourist hotspots like the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.
By Air:Agra Airport is the major airport in and near the Taj Mahal. The airport is 12.5 kilometres away from the Agra city centre. The airport is well connected to all major cities in the country and some international destinations.
Nearest Bus Stand to Taj Mahal: The Idgah Bus Station is the biggest and most prominent bus terminal in Agra and is 6 km from the Taj Mahal. You can hire a taxi or hail an auto to reach the monument from there. It takes approx 15 minutes. You can also hire a rickshaw puller to reach Taj Mahal from the bus station.
What is the best time to visit Taj Mahal?
BEST TIME TO VISIT TAJ MAHAL
Taj Mahal is a year-round tourist destination and visitors, both foreign and local, arrive here at different times. The most preferred time to visit the Taj is from November to February. This time of the year marks the onset of winter and saves you from unexpected rains of the rainy season ruining your plans and from the scorching heat of the summer. The best time to visit the Taj is at sunrise. At sunrise, the Taj will sparkle in the glow of the sunlight and is one of the most beautiful views in the world.