The Taj – The Symbol Of Love That Never Dies
The Taj Mahal - the seventh wonder of the world, is not just an epitome of beauty but also is a witness to claim that love stays forever. The cold white marble of the monument reflects a strange feeling – the hidden warmth that still conveys the beautiful love story of Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal.
The mausoleum stands proudly on the right banks of the river Yamuna in Agra. Shah Jahan ordered to create such a beautiful masterpiece that can match the beauty of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal, after her death. The work for the monument started in the year 1631 AD and by the year of 1648 AD, it finally was ready. The Taj Mahal is not only the most beautiful Mughal work in India but also it attracts a huge number of tourists each year from different parts of the world.
The History Of The Taj
So much incredible is the beauty of the Taj that great personalities such as Rabindranath Tagore and Rudyard Kipling also tried to describe it in their own fantasy words.
There are many stories about the construction of the monument. There are some historians who claim that the main building was ready in just eight years. The rest of the work was then slowly completed by the end of 1653 AD. Also, there are some other sources that claim that the whole monument was completed by the year 1648 AD.
It is said that after the death of Mumtaz Mahal, soon Aurangzeb took advantage of the pain-stricken condition of his father and not only did overthrown him but also imprisoned him. Shah Jahan was kept as a prisoner in the Agra Fort that was located at such a distance that Shah Jahan was able to gaze at the Taj Mahal and spent his rest of the life like this. In the year 1666 AD, when Shah Jahan died, he was provided space in a tomb near his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal inside the Taj Mahal.
Visiting The Taj
If you are planning to visit the Taj Mahal, you should avoid Fridays. It is the day when people visit the mosque inside the complex for prayers and hence it is closed for the visitors.
There are three gates on the East, West and South directions of the monument from where you can enter. You need to buy tickets so that you can enter the main place to witness the masterpiece. There are different tickets for Indian and non-Indians.
While you are entering the gates, you cannot carry any big bags or any kind of food items. You will get plastic shoe covers that you need to wear to enter the mausoleum. Though you can carry your cameras and mobile phones but you cannot take pictures once you are inside the mausoleum. You can click pictures while you are taking a walk around the Taj monument.
Agra is easily accessible today from different parts of India. If you are coming from outside the country, the best way is to reach Delhi by air and then reach Agra. You can either take a train or also take the roadways from Delhi to reach Agra and then the Taj.