The Marble Wonder - Taj Mahal

India's iconic and popularly known as symbol of love (BTW I have different view) Taj Mahal in Agra. I am sure this UNESCO World Heritage site is in everyone's travel bucket list. Be at people from outside India or Indian people, all wants to see Taj Mahal once in their life.

There is reason for it. The structure and beauty of Tajmahal is simply breathtaking. You might say well its just another structure when you see its picture but the moment you see it yourself you will say Wow. This white marble beauty is in Agra city. I have been there twice, once in year 2006 and then recently in 2019.



From Delhi there are many tourist bus services that takes you to 1 day trip to Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan. I booked one and early morning we started our day tour.

Delhi to Agra is 230 km. Road condition is excellent and it takes 3-4 hours. Once we reached Agra, we first explored Agra Fort and then Taj Mahal

Due to pollution guideline, no vehicle is allowed near Tajmahal and its entry gate. There is parking place where bus, cars were parked. From there you will have to ride in battery operated car. It was 10 rs per head. Hardly a KM ride and you will have get down near the ticket counter. Show your ID card and pay the fee.




After security check in Eastern gate entrance you will find yourself inside Taj Mahal Complex. The First monument you will see is the Great Gate




Map Guide.



From the main gate or the great gate, you can have a first glimpse of marble beauty



It was crowded as usual but heat was unbearable.

Taj Mahal is actually a mausolum, a monument with buried chamber for people. Taj Mahal is mausolum of Mumtaz Mahal. It was built by  the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan was also buried here as well.

It took nearly 10 years to built this masterpiece of art. Located on the south bank of River Yamuna. Main structure is centerpiece of 42 acres complex that also has mosque, guest house and gardens.

I will let the pictures talking now

Tajmahal complex is set around garden known as Mugal Garden and then pathway to reach at the Taj.



In the centre of the garden is a raised marble water tank with a reflecting pool to reflect the image of the Taj and Great Gate.




West side of taj is a mosque.



Taj Mahal as seen from garden.


I think during full night moon, Tajmahal view would have been breathtaking. This is the pic I took around 4pm foggy condition.



Call it symbol of love or wonder of world or just tomb, no doubt Taj Mahal is symbol of pure art. I have not taken any pictures of its interiors and other details of structure but I am sure once you see it you will have to admire its architecture.

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