Visit to the Taj Mahal—the Poetry in Marble

Visit to the Taj Mahal—the Poetry in Marble

By Moupee

The Taj, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and poetry in marble, never fails to touch the heart strings. It is an immortal monument to love created by Emperor Shahjahan for the light of his life, Mumtaz Mahal. Visitors throng in millions to admire this crown of Mughal architecture.

A brief history of Taj Mahal

The story of Taj Mahal begins with the wedding of Emperor Shah Jahan to Arjumand Banu Begum, who became his second wife better known as Mumtaz Mahal. It is said she even remained present in court and became his inseparable companion, accompanying him on his campaigns. The 1629 campaign of Burhanpur was when the Empress died during childbirth. Desolated, Shah Jahan mourned and decided to build a mausoleum in her memory the likes of which would never be seen. The queen was laid to rest in a garden on the banks of the Yamuna. The Emperor brought in Ustad Isa Khan Effendi from Persia and his pupil Ustad Ahmad to design the mausoleum and work started. It took 20000 craftsmen over 22 years to complete the Taj. The finest marble was brought from Makrana in Rajasthan and precious stones were imported to be inlaid into the marble.

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What all to enjoy at Taj Mahal

  • The Taj occupies your mind and soul the moment you set eyes on it. This poetry in marble presents a different look when you view it at dawn, at midday, at dusk and under moonlight. The magnificent dome and the flanking minarets are riveting. Walk inside and the carvings and delicate inlay work are equally impressive. It is rather too exquisite.

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  • The Taj sits at the far side of the exquisite charbagh garden with raised pathways interspersed with flowerbeds. In the center of the garden right in front of the Taj is a water tank along the North-South axis to mirror the monument.

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  • A bird's eye view will show that the Yamuna only intersects the continuation of the landscape comprising of the Mahtab Bagh on the other side. Designed by Ali Mardan, the two gardens are similar to the Shalimar garden in Srinagar.
  • The complex houses tombs of Shah Jahan's wives and a mausoleum in memory of Mumtaz Mahal's favorite servant.

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  • The main gate at the centre of the southern wall of the forecourt is magnificent and something you must admire from close up.

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  • Two giant buildings in sandstone, mirror images of each other, are located at the end of the complex with their face to the Taj. One is a mosque and the other its reflection to create architectural symmetry. These two are equally splendid monuments overshadowed by the effulgence of the Taj.
  • Visit Taj in the morning so you can take in all the interesting spots in and around it such as the Riverfront Terrace where you can sit or stand and have a few quiet moments of reflection gazing into the Yamuna.
  • The Jilaukhana is part of the complex you must not miss. This is where visitors gathered before making their entrance. The Jilaukhana also has quarters meant for use by the local attendants.

Reasons for taj Mahal's Popularity among Tourists

  • The Taj is made of the finest white marble from Makrana. The symmetry of pillars and alcoves create a pleasing and harmonious design strengthened by the tall minarets.
  • The water tank reflecting the Taj heightens the visual impact.
  • It is the most splendid monument to love ever built, the only one of its kind perhaps.
  • Each step inside gives you a view of details and exquisite carving inlaid with precious stones and fine inscription creating harmony in perfect symmetry.
  • Each visitor can find plenty of things that appeal to his soul.
  • The monument is beyond description, timeless and eternal.

Best Time to Visit Taj Mahal

You can visit the Taj anytime and it will look different. During summers the best time is early morning before the crack of dawn and before sunset as well as at night on full moon days. In winter the air may be laden with mist or dust particles that impart a golden crimson glow or a pink cast to the white marble as the sun rises or sets. For visitors from abroad, the heat of summer may be oppressive whereas winters are pleasant enough to enjoy the day out in the sun.

Moonlit Taj Mahal

The moonlit Taj Mahal is dramatic, opalasecently white against the inky sky. Be there on a full moon day when the Moon hangs low just behind the Taj and it is a sight you will not forget. Be there when the moon lights up the dome and the garden from above and a whisper of romance will arise in your heart. You sit there and wonder what if Shah Jahan had built it much before and had enjoyed the sight along with his queen?

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How to reach Taj Mahal

  • By air: Fly in to Agra's Kheria airport about 12.5 km from the city. Take a taxi to your hotel or to the Taj.
  • By train: Agra is connected by train to all important stations across India
  • By road: Agra is connected by road to Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow and Gwalior. You can travel by bus, private taxi or car and reach Agra in less than 4 hours.

Taj Travel Tips

  • Do make sure you are not carrying any forbidden items inside the complex.
  • Remember the Taj is closed to visitors on Friday.
  • Always use the South entry gate. There may be long queues at East and West gates
  • Hire only approved guides and photographers who carry identity cards
  • Park at Shilpgram or Amrood Ka teela. Parking within 500 meters may not be permitted.
  • Switch off mobile phones
  • Do not carry tobacco or smoke or drink or carry eatables inside the complex. Carry a camera but tripods are not permitted. Photography inside the mausoleum is prohibited. Video cameras are not permitted.
  • Do not touch or scratch the walls
  • Maintain decorum and do not talk at high volumes.