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The Taj Mahal

The Fantastic Guide of The Taj Mahal

The Fantastic Guide of The Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture. Its recognized architectural beauty has a rhythmic combination of solids and voids, concave and convex, and light shadow; such as arches and domes further increases the aesthetic aspect.

Your trip to India is almost incomplete if you do not visit the most famous landmark of India, and that is, the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is not only famous among Indians but also popular all around the globe with almost millions of tourists visiting every year. When I visited this iconic and beautiful place, I was seriously amazed at its beauty and simplicity. I visited Agra by train from Delhi. It took approx 3 hours to reach Agra. I reached their early morning and saw all the historical views of it in one day. The Taj Mahal is just 7 km away from the railway station of Agra. So, I took an auto rickshaw from the railway station and went to the Taj Mahal.

There are three gates to enter the Taj Mahal that are an East gate, a West gate, and a South gate. Due to security reasons, the South gate was closed, so I entered through the East gate. The auto-rickshaw has stopped in the parking lot, and the ticket house is near to it. I purchased a ticket from there for Rs. 40/-. Foreigners have to pay Rs. 1000/-. I deposited my backpack in the ticket house.

Outside the ticket house, battery cars were standing to go through the entire Taj Mahal.  I took it for Rs. 10/-.

Thousands of tourists visit the Taj Mahal daily. You can take a mobile phone, camera, and The Taj Mahal with you inside the Taj Mahal. After entering the East Gate, you have to stand in a line to enter the Taj Mahal. Here, security checking will take place. I stood up in line for approx. 2 hours. And then I began to visit the Taj Mahal. From this entrance, you have to walk down to the main gate.

There are big gardens on both sides of this main gate. This main gate is also known as the Royal Gate.”

Royal Gate
Royal Gate

I was very excited to see the Taj Mahal for the first time. So finally, it was in front of me. Shahjahan has built it for his The Taj Mahal. It took almost 22 years to complete it, and nearly 20,000 workers built this beautiful monument. The complete structure is made up of white marble. Well, you could identify a romantic tale behind the Muslim mausoleum of the 17th century. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan Built it in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is such a fairytale that you can explore it with your family and friends. I have seen many couples enjoying their best moments in the Taj Mahal as if the memory of Mumtaz has given them a chance to revive the couple’s relationship.

The 7 Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is perfectly placed on the Yamuna River in the heart of the city of Agra and has a magical view. I took many photographs with foreigners. If foreigners have no problem, then you may take numerous photos with them. There are many beautiful sights inside the Taj where you can take photogenic shots.

The 7 Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal?
The 7 Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal?

The video shoot is not allowed after entering the main gate. However, people do not listen to the rules, and they carry on clicking photos and videos. Lakhs of people visit to see the beauty of the Taj Mahal and most of them are foreigners. After walking straight for a little distance, I reached a pool in the center. The Taj Mahal looks very beautiful in this pool. I clicked many pictures here. I arrived very close to the Taj Mahal. The entrance staircases were precisely in front of me.

The Way to Entrance

There are two ways to walk up the Taj Mahal. Foreigners walk through the left side, and you have to go through the right side. It is all because of the ticket cost. So, I went through the right side and walked to the end. The gardens in the Taj Mahal are the same as being in England. Here, I walked down the entire place in the gardens and enjoyed the weather. You have to wear shoe covers to walk up the stairs. Here, it comes from the backside of the Taj Mahal. I was very excited to go up near the Taj Mahal. I have seen the Yamuna River from very close to me.

Mark Zuckerberg at Taj Mahal
Agra: Founder & CEO, of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg pose for photo during his visit at Historical Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.

To climb up, you have to walk around the Taj Mahal. Through the side of the Yamuna River, you will go up the Taj Mahal.

After walking a little, I reached the mosque where Muslims pray every Friday. Due to this reason, the Taj Mahal is closed to tourists on Friday. You can not enter the Taj Mahal on Friday. Then, I reached the front gate. There was too much crowd because I visited there in June. From there, I climbed upstairs and reached upstairs on the Taj. Then I entered inside Taj Mahal.

Photography is not allowed inside it.

There are beautiful carvings on its walls. There are graves of both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal inside it. You can see the graves from outside from a little distance. These are not real graves. The real tomb of both of them is just below these. After watching all the things inside it, I came out from another gate. From, there, I saw the Yamuna River, and I walked around the Taj. If you see the Taj Mahal from any corner, it looks beautiful from every corner. The gardens look amazing from the upside. After enjoying the weather and the beauty of the Taj, I came downstairs.

The Taj Mahal looks fantastic on the night of Purnima. The Taj looks brighter and more beautiful at the time of sunset. Agra Fort is just 2.5 km away from the Taj Mahal. You must visit it and enjoy the historical view of Agra. Also visit one of the other wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Taj Mahal, a Temple or a Mosque?

According to many laws of the 17th century, only Muslims were allowed to enter and worship the place. However, the rules demanded that Hindus should also visit the area.

Originally the site got the name Tejo Mahalaya dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. With this, the news of the Taj Mahal being a Hindu Temple surfaced.

Tejo Mahalaya
Tejo Mahalaya

Also, many true stories say that many Muslim invaders destroyed Hindu Temples and converted them to mosques and now the Taj Mahal follows the Hindu structure initially.

Tips Regarding Visiting Taj Mahal

Many questions make people more curious about visiting the Taj Mahal. Like

What to bring to the Taj?

Only small bags containing essential items are permitted. This includes one cell phone, a camera, and a water bottle per person. You can’t bring edibles, tobacco products or lighters, electrical items (including phone chargers, headphones, iPads, torches), knives, or camera tripods inside.

Is there any dress code that one has to wear in the Taj Mahal?

Although there’s no enforced dress code by law, dressing moderately shows your respect for the local people and their culture. This is especially important when visiting temples and other important sites in India. When visiting the Taj Mahal, avoid wearing clothes that expose your arms, legs, cleavage, and shoulders.

When to visit the Taj Mahal?

  • Don’t bring your valuable belongings when you are going to visit the Taj. It is because the more belongings you will carry with you the more time you have to spend while checking in.
  • The only essential things that you need to bring with you are a passport, water, medicine, a camera, money, a phone, and some identity proof.
  • If one wants to join the mosque, then it is mandatory to cover the head, knees, and shoulders.
  • You must wear light clothes while visiting The Taj. It is because it is too hot and also there is very little shade in Agra.
  • It opens at 6 am, and as it is too hot in Agra, you can prefer to visit there as early as it is possible.
  •  No food is available inside the Taj.

Taj can even be shot the best from some parts of the Red Fort.

Experiencing the Taj Mahal is superb. It would help if you visited the Taj Mahal at least once in your lifetime. You will find out why this place is fantastic.

FAQs: 

What is the Taj Mahal famous for?

The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history.

Why are twenty-two rooms in the Taj Mahal closed?

In 1978 flood water entered the monument, some of the underground rooms were silted and there were some cracks. Officially, closed the rooms for the public after that.

What is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal?

October to March is the best time period to visit the Taj Mahal weather-wise, when temperatures average from 15 to 27°C (59–81°F). It perfectly avoids the rains and summer heat, and allows you to fully immerse yourself in a dreamy visit

What is locked inside the Taj Mahal?

It is said that the Taj Mahal was built over a Hindu temple. Hence, to avoid any religious riots, the government has locked the rooms and are not open to the public. Hence, this could be the reason why there is also a restriction on carrying cameras around all areas of the Taj.

Why does the Taj Mahal have no lights at night?

Taj Mahal does not need lighting at night because it is a marble structure and can be seen in all its magnificence the natural night. It is definitely injudicious to light up it with artificial lighting, which attracts light insects.

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