Located at the banks of Yamuna, Taj Mahal is counted among the Seven Wonders of the World. This grand and magnificent structure is spread for about 42 acres and has become the major attraction of Agra. Taj Mahal in Agra is known to be the embodiment of love and was built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum is built of sparkling white marble stone and is one of the grandest structures present in India.
Counted as one of the heritage and historic sites in India, it has earned the recognition of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1983. The construction work of this grand mausoleum continued from 1631 to 1653. This mausoleum stands for the eternal love between the Mughal king for his queen. It was built after the death of Mumtaz Mahal with sparkling white marble stone. In the construction of this phenomenal monument, about 20,000 workers were involved.
This Islamic tomb is a wonderful example of the Mughal architecture. You can find the mausoleum a brilliant combination of Turkish, Islamic, Persian and Indian architectural style. Travelers from all around the globe frequent Agra to behold the spectacular sight of Taj Mahal. The brilliant architecture has a large dome, vaulted archway and beautifully sculptured pillars. There are four minarets at the four side of the tomb. The whole structure of the Taj Mahal stands on an elevated base.
The walls of the Taj Mahal are adorned with beautiful sculptures and precious stones. Calligraphy and paintings are the special feature of the Taj art. There are inscriptions from Quran carved all over the walls of mausoleum. The motifs of flowers and vines and engravings of precious stones put forward a great form of art. The Taj Mahal presents a beautiful sight when there's a full moon-an experience that you will cherish forever.
The Mughal garden in front of the Taj Mahal enhances the beauty of this mausoleum. The char bagh is divided in to four parts by the causeway, which is a special feature of the Mughal gardens.
Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays for the public. On other days, it remains open between 6:00 am to 7:30 pm.