Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world

Location / position / history / importance / origin /  threats / tourism / controversies / replicas / finial / cenotaphs / script / wall paper / photo gallery / travel / photography tips / timing / entry fee of Taj Mahal, Agra , Uttar Pradesh , India

Best time / season / when to visit Taj Mahal : November to FebruaryTiming of Taj Mahal :6 am to 7 pm daily except Monday , Entry Fee of Taj Mahal :There is no entry fee on Friday.
Taj Mahal, the awesome elegant monument is one of the most gorgeous masterpieces of architecture found on the earth. Listed as the seventh wonder of the world and a World heritage Monument by the UNESCO, this absolutely symmetrical dream in marble is situated in the city of Agra, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on the bank of the Yamuna River.Taj Mahal is eminent as an enduring monument to love. It was erected by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the eternal place of rest for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

According to the history says that Arjuman Banu alias Mumtaz, the daughter of the Prime Minister Emperor of Jahangir, evidently did capture the heart of Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan) the moment he saw her. In 1612, at the age of 21, she married him and became his much-loved consort Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz used to come with Shah Jahan in his military campaign. She was his buddy, his mentor and she motivated him to acts of charity and compassion towards the weak and the deprived, but even these qualities were reduced by the love that bound her to Shah Jahan. She was the mother of 14 children. During 1630, in Burhanpur, whilst accompanying her husband on a military campaign she passed away giving birth to her fourteenth child, at the age of 39. It is told that Mumtaz on her death bed, asked the king to construct a monument so gorgeous in order to show the world how much they loved each other. After her body was brought to Agra, she was laid to rest in a provisional crypt in a garden beside the banks of the Yamuna River. The foundation of her tomb was laid in 1631. It is as well said that the death of his wife left Shah Jahan so brokenhearted that he locked himself in his confidential chambers for a month, and when he lastly came into view his hair had turned white.


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