Taj Mahal, also known as Tadj Mahall, is one of the most popular mausoleum complexes located in Agra, western Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It is located in the heart of the city on the southern part of the Yamuna Jumna River. Agra Fort, now known as the Red Fort, also located in Yamuna, is about 1 mile away west of the Taj Mahal.
History Of Taj Mahal
Because of its amazing structure and architectural design, Taj Mahal is considered as Mughal architecture which is known as the blend of Indian, Persian, with Islamic styles. It is one of the most beautiful structural monuments in the world aside from being one of the seven wonders of the world. You can expect it to have millions of visitors and tourists every year. It was 1983 when the UNESCO declared it as World Heritage Site.
You find tons of facts and amazing details about this magnificent structure. It was designed and built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahān, during his reigning time between 1628–58. In fact, it was dedicated to his wife Mumtāz Maḥal who died during childbirth in 1631. The emperor built the Taj Mahal not just to commemorate the memories of his loving wife but also to show the world his love to her.
Did you know that more than 20,000 workers were searched and asked for from India, Persia, the Ottoman Empire, and Europe just to help build this amazing structure? The completion of the structure was completed for almost 22 years. No wonder it is one of the most loved places in the world among tourists and locals.
What Makes Taj Mahal Loved By Many?
If you wish to make your travel more memorable then Taj Mahal will surely give you the best of time. Just imagine the loving reason why it was built and for how many years it was actually completed. Here in Taj Mahal, you will find the most amazing and breath-taking garden ever. There are also walking paths, fountains, and ornamental trees which are all picture perfect and will certainly help you create unforgettable memories. These breath-taking sites are one of the many reasons why this mausoleum is very much popular all over the world.
Taj Mahal is made by a wide red sandstone gateway that even makes it truly incredible. There are also white marble paneling with black Qurʾānic lettering inlaid and floral designs. These designs are very much intricate and detailed. You will find 11 façade that has thin ornamental minarets and each corner has octagonal towers capped with larger chattris.
According to the latest report, Taj Mahal has been facing decay and other weathered caused issues. Good thing there has been restoration and reconstruction of the monument with the help and support of direction of Lord Curzon, then the British viceroy of India. Since there have been factories and other companies surrounding the place were built, the smoke and chemicals truly affect the condition of this marvelous monument. Though another round of restoration has been declared in 1988, the porgies of the said restoration were slow thus making the condition of the monument truly saddening. Night viewing and even night visit have been prohibited by the government because of the fear of Sikh militants as it could be an easy target for them.
You can still visit this marvelous monument here in India. You will still be able to know more about its story and make sure to make it on your bucket list – it’s all worth it!