Tag Archives: Mumtaz Mahal

Short trip to Taj Mahal

As everyone knows, Taj Mahal is one of the Wonders of the World and recently ranked among top three Landmarks in the World. It is the pride of India and a symbol of Love.

9

I had visited Taj long time back when I was a kid and always wanted to visit again. This week finally I went to see Taj Mahal while going to Dhaulpur (Rajasthan) for my friend’s wedding. I was really amazed to see such a marvellous and beautiful monument. I could imagine the tremendous planning and hard work that had been put into constructing the beautiful landmark, and that too in those times, without any sophisticated tools and machinery. I will surely visit it again and again!

3

I will take you through the pictorial tour of Taj Mahal with some useful information:

How to reach (from New Delhi)

  • By Road: 215 Kms, around 3-4 hrs via Yamuna Expressway (Toll Tax Rs. 300-400 for private vehicle). 8-lane highway, Speed limit 100kmph. Restaurants and restrooms available on the way.
  • By Train: Agra Cantt. is the nearest station with no. of trains connecting to New Delhi. Bhopal Shatabdi (12002) at 6:00am takes just 2 hrs from New Delhi to Agra. Taj Express (12280) at 7:05am takes 3 hrs from Hazrat Nizamuddin. Both these return back in the evening.
  • By Air: Air India operates flights between New Delhi and Agra, but there isn’t any point when you can reach in same time at lower costs.

Where to stay- There are a number of hotels in Agra ranging from Budget to 5 Star ones, you can check on TripAdvisor for ratings.

General Information-

  • Car parking is about 1 km away from Taj Mahal entrance, battery-operated autos are available for hire from there. You can also take a camel ride to the Taj Mahal from there.
  • It is good to hire a guide but don’t forget to bargain well.
  • Entry Tickets: Rs. 20 for Indians, Rs. 750 for Foreigners and free for children below 15yrs of age.
  • Audio Guides are available for Rs. 71 per person. These are very informative if you have time to listen. Alternatively, you can look to  Audio Compass Apps for iOS and Android.
  • Shoes are not allowed inside the Taj Mahal. Facility is available to keep your shoes or you can buy a shoe cover if you don’t want to remove the shoes.
  • Eatables are not allowed inside.
  • Timings: Sunrise to Sunset, Fridays closed.
  • Other things to see: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri (45kms/about 1hr drive) and the Fort of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj Mahal.
  • Click for Official website of the Taj Mahal.

DSC_0082

5

7

8_copy

13

15

17

22

Waah Taj !!

Taj Mahal : The pride of India

Travellers from across the world have ranked India’s Taj Mahal among the top three landmarks in the world. The top two places were taken by Machu Picchu in Peru and Angkor Wat in Cambodia respectively.

Taj Mahal 1

Some Facts about the Taj Mahal:

  • Before his accession to the throne, Shah Jahan was popularly known as Prince Khurram. Shah Jahan fell in love with the beautiful Arjumand Bano Begum and married her, making her his third wife. Arjumand Bano Begum was christened by Shah Jahan as Mumtaz Mahal, meaning ‘the chosen one of the palace’ or ‘the jewel of the palace’.
  • Shah Jahan lost Mumtaz Mahal when she died giving birth to their 14th child.
  • For the transportation of construction materials for Taj Mahal, more than 1000 elephants were employed.
  • As many as 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious stones were used to adorn the Taj.
  • Depending on what time of the day it is and whether or not there’s moon at night, Taj Mahal appears to be of different colour every time. Some even believe that this changing pattern of colours depict different moods of a woman.
  • Passages from Quran have been used as decorative elements throughout the complex.
  • On the sides of the actual tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, 99 names of Allah can be found as calligraphic  inscriptions.
  • Taj Mahal was built in stages, with the plinth and the tomb taking up roughly 15 years. Building of minarets, mosque, jawab and gateway took additional 5 years to be completed.
  • Different types of marbles used in construction of Taj Mahal were brought over from different regions and countries: Rajasthan, Punjab, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Srilanka & Arabia.
  • Many precious stones and Lapis Lazuli(a semi-precious stone) were ripped-off from Taj Mahal by Britishers during the Indian rebellion of 1857.
  • Taj Mahal attracts 2-4 million tourists annually with over 2 lakh from overseas.

TajMahal 2

Incredible India!!!