Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taj Mahal - The Symbol of Love's Amazing facts

Most of us know that Taj Mahal situated in Agra (India) was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the UNESCO world heritage site. It is on the banks of the river Yamuna.It is one of the seven "wonders of the world". It is the biggest monument of India and of course the monument of the world.

Amazing Facts About Taj Mahal
The original name fo Shah Jahan and Mumtaz were Prince Khurram and Arjumand Bano Begum. Mumtaz was the third wife of Shah Jahan. She was soo beautiful that Shah Jahan fell in love with her and they got married after 5years. Mumtaz died during the birth of their14th child and Shah Jahan promised her that he would build the most beautiful monument for her and that was the Taj Mahal showing their ever lasting love. The marbles for Taj Mahal came from Jaipur, the yellow marbles from banks of river Narmada and various stones from different parts of the world. The construction was started in 1632 1year after the death of his wife. It took about 22 years to complete. The official cost of the monument was found to be around Rs 32 crore to complete. About 1000 elephants were used for carrying of materials.

Architecture of Taj Mahal
The entire Taj complex consists of five major things. They are the main gateway, gardens, the rest house, the main mausoleum and the mosque. It is a combination of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. The main gateway is at the end of the water course. The central dome is about 58 feet in diameter and 213 feet in height. There are 4 minarets each one of 162.5 feet . A shadowy burial crypt inside the Taj Mahal houses the tombs of Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Light is transmitted into the central chamber by using marble screens

Entrance Fee to Taj Mahal
Foreigners - Rs 970
Indians(During Day Time) - Rs 20
Indians(During sunrise and sunset) - Rs 110

Timings to visit Taj Mahal
Open all days except Friday from 6.00 am to 7.30 pm

Nearest Airport To visit Taj Mahal
Agra Airports: The main airport for travellers taking flights to Agra is:
Agra Airport (AGR) also known as Kheria Airport. To know about cheapest flights to Agra click here

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the information! I find this very useful and I hope you write more.