All About The Taj Mahal, An Epitome of Perfection!

One of the iconic building in the world, Taj Mahal is a hot tourist spot and attracts more than three million visitors every year. Regarded as the finest Mughal architecture, the inspiration of construction of this wonderful mausoleum came from the third wife of Shah Jahan who died during child birth. The emperor was heart broken and decided to build a monument, such that the world has never seen. About 20,000 workers worked day and night for over 22 years to complete this architectural wonder.

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It is said that Shah Jahan also planned a replica of Taj constructed out of black marble but before that he was over throned by his son, Aurangzeb. One can even see some ruins of blackened marble that seem to support his claim but there are no recorded evidences. A visit to Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the highlight of Agra tour.

Here are some of the interesting facts related  to the Taj Mahal.
  -  The construction of Taj started in the year 1631 and completed in 1653 taking about 22 years.

  -  The real name of  wife of Shah Jahan is Arjumand Bano Begum and title of Mumtaz Mahal was given by him which actually means “Chosen One Of The Palace” or “Jewel of the Palace”.

  -  Marbles used in construction of Taj Mahal were transported  from different parts of India and other countries including Rajasthan and Punjab (India) and China, Tibet, Afghanistan and Arabia.

  -  More than 1,000 elephants were used for the transportation of the construction materials.

  -  About 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious stones were used to embellish the Taj  Mahal with spectacular inlay work. These were transported from different parts of Rajasthan and Arabia.

  -  Passages from Quran have been inscribed on the walls of the mausoleum and used as decorative elements.

  -  99 names of Allah can be found as written in Arabic as calligraphic inscriptions on  the actual tomb of Mumtaz Mahal.

  - During the Indian rebellion of 1857,  many of the precious stones and Lapis Lazuli were ripped off from its walls by the British soldiers after which Lord Curzon, the then governor of India, ordered for a renovation program of Taj.

  -  Taj Mahal appears to be of change color and look different during the day depending on sunlight. The perfect time to witness the beauty of this white mausoleum is in the morning and evening during sunset.

Sounds interesting? Plan your tour to Agra and witness the magnificence of Taj Mahal. Visit us on Tajmahal Agra Tours and let our experts guide you to a hassle-free India trip.
Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Switch and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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