The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan had the truly magnificent white marble mausoleum built in 1632–1648, in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. For its construction, artisans from all over the empire, Central Asia, Iran, were summoned and the final result of their stonework, calligraphy, carvings, gardening, woodwork, and soaring domes remains one of the universally admired masterpieces of world heritage. Allot ample time to tour the site—besides the mausoleum, there is a mosque, a guest house, cloisters, courtyards, gates, and vast gardens. In addition to being stunningly beautiful from afar, the iconic site is evocatively romantic and up-close, the intricate details in its architecture, ornamentation, and history, are revealed.
By Allison Murray, AFAR Contributor
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An obvious must-see when in Agra. It does get a little chaotic with all the tourists, but try and zone them out and take in the history and beauty of the place.
By Dani Vernon
One of the most beautiful sights with such a romantic history. Bucket list!
By Katie Cadar, AFAR Travel Advisor
The Advantage of Traveling Fast
Travel for me is exploration. I think at some level, I'm still pretending to be a little boy playing in the woods "discovering" everything there was to see down by the creek where I grew up. As an adult, I'm more interested in food, people and places but with an engineer's mentality, understanding is key to enjoying my travels. Normally this is aided by slow travel: spending enough time in each place to understand them beyond a superficial level (and this is why the only travel magazine I subscribe to is AFAR!) The photo above, which I took in 2007, was made possible thanks to taking a gruelling, overnight non-stop bus to Agra and skipping both meals and hotel in favor of heading straight to the Taj Mahal at 5am. I wasn't quite sure if I was going to arrive in time for Sunrise but the push was worth the effort. With incredibly few people present, this mesmerizing, almost empty scene was made possible while the sun slowly warmed the marble of the 17th century mausoleum. Beginning a cool blue, the first rays of sunlight made the dome and minarets turn pink until the broad morning daylight revealed the bright white color (along with the crowds). Little sleep, grumbling stomach and a grouchy tuk-tuk driver were all worthy sacrifices for such an amazing morning on the banks of the Yamuna river.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal - I cant find enough words, or rather accurate words to describe it. Some may have heard of the greatest love story of all India - of how a love faithful King built a monument this majestic and grand to commemorate their love. His promises to his departed wife Mumtaj - to take care of all their kids, to never re-marry again, and to ensure their love story lives through generation to come throughout the whole world. And so... after 22 years... the Taj Mahal was born. His wife Mumtajs tomb is placed there. He fulfilled all 3 promises. :) Architecture wise, its amazing that its symmetrical from ALL angles, the 4 pillars surrounding it is slightly tilted out in case of an earthquake, so that it will not collapse on Mumtajs tomb, the inscription from Quran on the main entrance are perfectly the same size from the naked eye of a person standing in front of it (so it was carefully measure to be bigger in size as they were placed high - but from our view..it looks as if it is all the same size!). This is indeed an architectural marvel. TOo many to mention... pls google to know more!
Does the Taj Mahal need an explanation? Stunning.
While at the Taj Mahal, we encountered the typical humongous crowds so synonymous with India. Everyone has these peaceful visions of visiting the Taj Mahal, but that is totally wrong. You must get by the hawkers, fake tour guides, security and then the photographers to see the Taj Mahal. With mom wearing her Salwar Kameez we passed by many of those with no problem. After like 3 hours of wandering around the complex, we sat down on a bench overlooking the Yamuna River. A large Indian family came up to us and asked where we were from. Answering back "Amreeka" they immediately were surprised and wanted to take our picture. I've never seen such excitement towards two simple, quiet people. They huddled around us and put their arms around us, making joking faces and peace signs. Afterwards, I said to mom "I think we just broke some stereotypes with them," and that's exactly what I intended to do on this trip.
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The Taj Mahal is beautiful. Not so spiritually charged, but a beautiful site. You would think that the Taj itself would be the most photographed object when you're visiting the Taj in Agra, India. But seriously, I felt like I was on display. I timed it. Less than every 2 minutes, I had someone asking to come take a photo with me! Me. Just random white girl. I wanted to roll the jet black windows of my Escalade up to avoid the Paparazzi. LOL! These two girls were so curious. Talk about beauty. I just love their expressions. They marveled at the photos we just took and lingered for a little bit. We laughed awkwardly. Not much to say as I didn't speak Hindi and they didn't speak English. But what a lovely exchange.
By Zoa Nielsen
Incredible Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal in Agra, India. One of the wonders of the world, i oftel thought it was over-rated and over-hyped. That is until i visited the Taj Mahal during my golden triangle trip up north of India. Golden triangle for reference is Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. One word to describe Taj Mahal is "Breathtaking". Getting to the magnificent tomb was easy enough after a long train ride from Jaipur to Agra-Cantt Station, hired a rickshaw taxi and found a cheap motel close to Taj Mahal, i had to check a few before settling for a small one room stay that only had a bed and a wash basin, it was clean enough i just needed somewhere to keep my bag pack. That done i walked 10mins i was paying the 1500 rupee fee for foreigners on entry into Taj mahal. It was worth every penny, the sight of the Taj shimmering in white marble inviting, tempting you to come for a closer look, the towers standing in perfect symmetry, its easy to find yourself staring blankly at the awesome structure and getting lost in its wonder. i remember sitting cross legged on the eastern side bathing in the sight of the perfectly arched windows, walls inscribed in beautiful calligraphy in urdu, symmetrical carvings, optical illusions and expert craftsmanship, i'm a love sceptic, but looking at what love can inspire someone to do, its hard not to be a believer. Next time your in india, spend the better part of your day in the ultimate icon of love, Taj Mahal. Sure to make your trip memorable and unforgettable.
It Has to Be Done
Yup, it's a giant tourist trap. Yup, there are always a million people. Yup, they don't even let you go down into the tomb anymore. You still gotta go.
By AFAR Traveler
Always Look Back
When leaving the Taj Mahal you pass through a small doorway. Legend has it if you turn and see the Taj through the doorway you will be destined to return. And who says you should never look back?
Finding the Sound of Infinity at the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal might be one of the world's most beautiful labors of love. Thousands of people flock to the intricate cenotaph every year, but only a few lucky ones are able to take in the fleeting sound of the vibrating air moving through the ventilated dome. It's an eery echo that made our visit truly memorable. Some even call it a spiritual experience. To experience the Sound of Infinity for yourself, get to the Taj Mahal at dawn before the gates even open. Once you're inside, sprint to the cenotaph chamber and wait until it's completely empty. Fight the urge to capture your touristy Taj Mahal pictures until later. The view from outside will wait for you. Once inside the chamber, wait until you are alone or at least with a silent group. You should be able to hear the vibrations almost immediately. It's a deep-felt harmonic that seems to reverberate though your entire body, and leaves an eery quiet once it's gone. As soon as someone walks in and begins to make noise, it's gone.
By Tawny Clark
UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Taj Mahal
Agra is home to the marble wonder called Taj Mahal. A tours to Agra allows travelers to experience the architectural glory of the past. While touring the city of the Taj, you must visit its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal “the essence of love”. A monument of beauty beyond measurement. The beauty of this outstanding monument is such that it is beyond the extent of words. Located royally on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal tour is synonymous with love and affection. It is supposed that the name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal and it means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble, the superb embellishment, expensive gemstones used and its charming location, all make Taj Mahal travel add a place amongst the most admired ones. However, unless and until, one knows the love story behind the Taj Mahal of India Tours, Taj Mahal will come up as just a gorgeous building. But, the affection and love behind this terrific memorial is what has given a life to this monument.
Taj Mahal, Tours of India
The Taj Mahal undoubtedly is the most popular tourist attraction amongst India’s long and impressive list of monuments.
Spring Sunset at the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal. An iconic monument of love, one of the wonders of the world, and only a two-hour express train from Delhi. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took over 22 years and 20,000 men to build. In the spring, the weather complements the sunsets beautifully without fog, heat, rain, or humidity. Stay overnight for a second viewing at sunrise.
By Allison Sodha, AFAR Local Expert
The Taj: Surrounded by Beauty
During the two weeks I traveled in India in 2013, I was amazed by the geniality and graciousness of the Indian people. They love to have their photos taken and often want you to pose with them. Many of the Indians I encountered were tourists in their own country. While at a sunrise visit to the Taj, this family was posing for a group shot and allowed me to take their photograph. I love the contrast of the white marble and the colorful clothing. To me this photo said "India." One young man who asked me to pose with his mother in New Delhi said she wanted the picture for her memories.
Dawn at the Taj Mahal
A moment of peace at the Taj Mahal during the early morning hours of dawn.
By Cathy Sroka
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By Gaurav Varma
Exploring Heritage Monuments of India - Taj mahal
Exploring Heritage Monuments of India- There are around 30 World Heritage Sites here which include a variety of options like historical monuments, churches, mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, and so on. Apart from one of the seven wonders of the world Taj Mahal, there are many other must visit sites like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Khajuraho Temple and Ajanta Caves. Agra Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Red Fort and Chittorgarh Fort are some of the most famous ones in the country. Some of the forts even allow visitors to have dinner with the royal family. Book Now : http://www.bespokeindiaholidays.com/india-travel-packages.html
Taj Mahal and more
There is much more to see and do in the Agra area than the Taj Mahal. Start by watching the sun rise from across the river at the Mahtab Bagh, with the Taj Mahal silhouetted. Visit the "Baby Taj," the Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and the tomb of Akbar.
View of the Taj Mahal from the front gates
The Taj Mahal is simply stunning. It is a regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of Mughal architecture. Mumtaz, for whom the tomb is built, had 14 children with only six surviving. Be aware that foreigners pay a higher entry price, about $11 and you enter in a separate line to purchase tickets. I would advise taking one of the rides offered for cheap to the Taj and walking back.
The Long Journey
A group of Indian men admire the fine architectural detail in the Taj Mahal complex.
By Colin Roohan, AFAR Ambassador
Left of the Taj
The Taj Mahal, beautiful as it may be, can also serve as a distraction from it surroundings. Practically every foot of the gardens and the Taj Mahal itself can be found covered in tourists, cameras a flash'n. But look left of the white marble palace and one might discover a less famous masterpiece, with a more peaceful setting.
Before entering the Taj
If you're planning to visit Taj Mahal, here are some things to remember. Even for cameras, we were told that no camera bags were allowed. So if you have a DSLR, you can only go in with one lens.
By Azul Adnan, AFAR Local Expert
Even Dogs Are Mesmerized
What else can be said about the magnificence and grandeur of the Taj Mahal that hasn't already been said? "Woof woof!" perhaps?
By Azul Adnan, AFAR Local Expert
Tectonic of Love
Architecture Wonder. I was amaze of the workmanship and marble detailing. Pity it was a cloudy day, contrast of the white marble castle and blue sky would be magnificent!
Mankind's Finest Architectural Achievement
Quite simply, the Taj Mahal is stunning. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb and monument for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, it stands as a glorious epitaph to love and man's sublime ability to create. Gates open at 6 a.m, and although the sun is already up by then, it's still the best time to arrive. Grab a ticket, join the excited line, and wait until the doors finally open. And then, prepare to have your breath fairly taken away. That's what happened on my first visit some 13 years ago, and it's exactly what happened when I returned this month. The Taj, standing tall and proud above the dusty city of Agra, is spellbinding, dazzling in white marble like a like a sparkling jewel. After the initial moments of awe, take a slow walk to one side of the Taj to escape the crowds, find a quiet shady spot, and relax while taking in the sheer splendor of this beautiful oasis away from the maddening streets. The Shah knew how to build, employing the techniques of master craftsmen from across all India. Magnificent is a word that gets used a lot when discussing old world buildings, but in the case of the Taj Mahal, it truly is magnificent. I'd even go as far to say it is architectural perfection, and the number one man-made 'Wonder of the world.'
By Steven Moore
India with Love
experiencing the UNESCO World Heritage site for the first time! It was a great and memorable experience.
7 Wonder of World
Taj Mahal -This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after 17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child.The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. Above the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are false tombs, a common practice in Indian mausoleums. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday). more detail visit to our site : Contact : 0091-9650708392 More Detail : http://asiavoyagers.com/DestFullDesc.aspx?DFId=6
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