One of the most symbolic places of India is the Taj Mahal. It is one place that almost everyone can recognize easily by seeing a picture. Located in Agra in the province of Uttar Pradesh, this historic building has been a favorite place for tourists for several centuries. This white marble mausoleum was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It was designed by an accomplished architect of that time, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The name of the place means the “crown of palaces”. This place with its striking beauty and romantic history is rightfully known as the “Jewel of Muslim Art in India”.
There is quite a story behind the construction of the striking building which came to be known as the Taj palace. In 1631 when Shah Jahan’s third wife Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to his fourteenth child, the Emperor was grief stricken.
The Emperor decided to create a structure that would describe his love for his late wife and that would be an inspiration for the lovers throughout the world. Taj Mahal sits in the middle of a 300- meter garden which took five years to complete. There are raised pathways to walk on in the garden, flowerbed with beautiful seasonal flowers and a marble water tank. The reflecting pool on the north side gives a phenomenal reflection of the kingdom.
Taj Mahal is one of the best examples of the architecture of Mughal era. It takes elements from Persian, Turkish, Ottoman and Indian architectural style to create a masterpiece that has been a subject of many a poet’s and writer’s praises for years.
It took almost twenty years and thousands of workers to complete this beautiful mausoleum. It was extravagantly furnished both inside and outside. The place became the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. If you are planning to go to India you should not miss this spectacle. When Taj Mahal is lit up at night it’s a sight to behold. Also in daylight the white marble building shines like a pearl. This beautiful sight would be quite difficult to forget for you.
Taj Mahal sunset