Taj Mahal, Agra, India
I have had the honour and pleasure of visiting the TAJ MAHAL, situated on the banks of river Yamuna, Agra city, INDIA, on two different occasions. I was literally spell bound for seconds when I had the first glimpse of THE TAJ. It is a white marble marvel and truly judged very recently as one of the eight modern wonders of the world.
The guide we had hired told me that emperor Shahjahan built it in memory of his wife, Mumtaz.
I can never forget the precision with which carving has been done on the inside of the massive domes, and the ‘jallies".
I heard from the guide that for the construction, the huge blocks of white marble was obtained from Makrana, Rajasthan, INDIA. Semi-precious stones for ornamental work were brought from far off places of India, Ceylon and Afghanistan.
He also told us that the red sandstone, which is also extensively used, was procured from the neighboring places of Dholpur, and Sikri, etc.
I have had the pleasure of viewing it on a full moon night, a long time back, on my second visit. We also took a lot of photographs from our own camera and also got some, professionally shot, by photographers present there all around. They are good enough to deliver the snaps to your hotel room.
Well-maintained lush green lawns and rows of fountains, to add to its beauty, also surround the Taj. The TAJ MAHAL is closed on all Fridays.
We were not allowed to take our vehicle near the monument. They have to be parked a distance away and further travel is executed by the economically available non-polluting modes of transport. We surrendered our mobiles at the main gate, to be picked back on exit, as the monument is always under heavy surveillance. There is also an entry ticket, the fee of which varies and keeps changing time to time.
If you visit it that you must; try having loads of snapping done for those sweet and pious remembrances, of the site of love.
We also found lots of affordable hotels and restaurants serving good food are available in the surrounding areas, as Agra is not a very expensive city.