There are many beautiful and worth seeing historical places in India. But the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful of all. The Taj is one amongst the World’s Wonders, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the symbol of eternal love of an Emperor for his favourite Queen.
If you are traveling to Agra in India, Taj Mahal deserves your visit once and more. Here’s five interesting things about The Taj.
1. Reflecting Pool
Mogul emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra as a tribute to his favorite wife, who died in childbirth in 1631. The white marble monument, with its sprawling gardens, took more than 15 years to build.
The white marble structure on a square plinth is surrounded by four minarets on corners. The chamber bears the counterfeit sarcophagi of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Each minaret is over 40 metres in height.
2. Along the Yamuna River
The riverfront terrace houses the mausoleum, mosque and jawab. The mosque and jawab are almost identical structures on the two sides of the mausoleum. These add to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is an everyday sight for the 1.2 million people who live in modern Agra. It sits on the southern bank of the Yamuna River, a tributary of the sacred Ganges.
3. The Minarets
The opulent, domed mausoleum, which stands in formal walled gardens, is generally regarded as the finest example of Mogul art and architecture. It includes four minarets, each more than 13 stories tall.
Often referred as the “Crown of Palaces”, Taj Mahal is a marvel creation of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It was built by him in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
4. Taj Mahal Mosque
The Taj Mahal complex also includes a red sandstone mosque and an assembly hall. There are also smaller mausoleums for the emperor’s other wives.
The Taj Mahal is a lot more than a white-domed mausoleum. It is a complex having several tombs, the small town of ‘Mumtazabad’, a moonlight garden, and other structures spread over an area of 22.44 hectares.
5. Symbol of Love
The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore called the Taj Mahal a “teardrop on the cheek of time.” The main mausoleum took Shah Jahan’s workers more than 15 years to complete. The emperor and his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, are both entombed there.