Taj Mahal, a name that reminds of the eternal saga of love engraved on glittery white marble stands graciously on the banks of the river Jamuna reminding the posterity of a glorious era. Located in Agra in the state of Uttarakhand in North India, this mausoleum has attracted the wonders of many all over the world.
Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in the memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal, this architectural grandeur is a versatile representation of emotions carved out in a splendid manner. Mumtaz Mahal was the most beloved wife of Shahjehan as she bore fourteen children. In order to fulfill her last wish Shahjehan built this magnificent tomb which turned out to be the solemn worship place for the lovers.
This beautiful monument of love is built on the red sandstone base that was carried down from Fatehpur Sikri in Agra. On this base stands the gorgeous white marble dome which is surrounded by four minarets. The marble has been brought down from Makarana in Rajasthan, famous for the best quality marble.
The interior of the dome and its partitions where the cenotaph of the queen is laid is beautifully designed by intricate filigree work in marble which is the specialty of the Mughal craftsmanship. The walls are bedecked with floral motifs embedded with jewels and precious stones that were gathered from China, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Arabia and Panna in India. These altogether reflect the organizational capability of the Mughal Emperor and his vision that enabled him to bring all the best ingredients including the skilled artisans to build this magnificent wonder.
The original tomb of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal are laid down in an underground chamber solemnly decorated and accessible to the visitors. The Charbagh or the garden surrounding this grand monument is also well manicured with artificial fountains that match with the beauty of the Taj.
Thousands of visitors visit this monument throughout the day but Taj unveils its magnificent glory in the moonlit night. In a full moon night the gardens of the Taj are flooded by the visitors to have a glimpse of this aesthetic beauty. The moon lighting up the Taj as well as the banks of Jamuna creates a mesmerizing beauty that can be viewed from the terrace.
The Taj Mahotsav is a 10day carnival held few kilometers away from Tajmahal and it starts with a grand procession of bedecked elephants, horses, drum beaters, folk artists to revive the Mughal aura. It is famous for the unique exhibition of handicrafts in marble, bronze, fine wood work from Saharanpur, carpets, chickan work, pottery and many more.
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