The Marble Wonder - Taj Mahal

India's iconic and popularly known as a symbol of love (BTW I have a 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 want to see the Taj Mahal once in their life.

There is a 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 the year 2006 and then recently in 2019.

From Delhi, there are many tourist bus services that take 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. The road condition is excellent and it takes 3-4 hours. Once we reached Agra, we first explored Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

Due to pollution guidelines, no vehicle is allowed near Tajmahal and its entry gate. There is a parking place where buses, cars were parked. From there you will have to ride in a battery-operated car. It was 10 rs per head. Hardly a KM ride and you will have to 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 the heat was unbearable.

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

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

I will let the pictures talking now

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

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

Westside of taj is a mosque.

Taj Mahal as seen from the garden.

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

Call it a symbol of love or wonder of the world or just tomb, no doubt Taj Mahal is a 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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