Millions of people visit this world wonder every year and a trip to India is only complete when you have visited the impressive love monument of the Taj Mahal. It is magical with the unique construction, the use of white marble, the symmetrical gardens and the beautiful location on the banks of the Yemuna River. Places so beautiful, so refined, so immaculately white and as symmetrical as the Taj Mahal, you come across very little in the hectic and colorful India. This is the symbol of India and I was enchanted by its unprecedented beauty during my two visits to this masterpiece. I am sure you will be enchanted when you visit the Taj Mahal in India!
Everything for your visit to the enchanting Taj Mahal in India!
The history of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal was crowned one of the seven modern wonders of the world in 2007, but behind this imposing structure is a tragic love story. This masterpiece was built on behalf of the emperor Shah Jahan out of love for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. She died during the birth of her 15th child in 1631. On her deathbed, Shah promised Jahan to build the most beautiful building in the world for her. Shah Jahan was the 5th Mogul emperor and was one of the most important rulers of the Mogul empire.
The construction was completed in 1653, after 22 years of construction by more than 20,000 workers. 37 architects have been involved in the design. The most important architect was Isa Khan, from the city of Shiraz in Iran.
The ironic thing about this story is that Emperor Shah Jahan has barely enjoyed the completion of construction. He was captured soon after completion and imprisoned in the Red Fort in Agra. This Red Fort is a few kilometers away and until his death Shah Jahan could only see his life’s work from a distance.
The Taj Mahal
It serves as a mausoleum for both the emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. They are buried in the cellars of this impressive building. The Taj Mahal is made in perfect symmetry and white marble. The decorations are exuberant and consist of refined floral motifs and inlaid semi-precious stones. Detailed geometrical figures have been cut out in various places.
The design symbolizes the beauty of a woman. The main entrance is seen as a veil in front of the woman’s face. In the Indian tradition, the veil is lifted on the wedding night to reveal the beauty of the bride.
The poet Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal as “a tear on the face of eternity”. Nobody can describe this masterpiece better than this!
How do I visit the Taj Mahal in India?
The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, about 200km south of the city of New Delhi. Agra is easy to reach by train and bus. There are also various options to arrange a one or multi-day trip including transportation, accommodation and access to the Taj Mahal from New Delhi.
Access control at your visit to the Taj Mahal in India
The Taj Mahal has very strict security measures and that means that there are several things that you should not take:
- As a woman you can take a small handbag with you
- Food and drinks except water
- Cigarettes and lighters
- No tripod
- All electronic equipment for example a power bank, MP3 players, and headphones.
- Weapons and knives.
I advise you to bring only cash, a camera and water.
A great place to stay is Hotel Taj Resorts. It’s very close to Taj Mahal and the rooftop has an amazing view on the Taj Mahal. They serve delicious food in the rooftop restaurant! The hotel had a great pool on the roof which I enjoyed using and the staff is ver friendly and helpful.
- Not what you are looking for? Find here more great places to stay in Agra!
The Taj Mahal
- 16 things you didn’t know about the Taj Mahal
- The 3 greatest hotels in Agra, India
- Discover the 7 new Wonders of the World
- The most bizarre temple in the world: Karni Mata’s rat temple
- 5 reasons why the Pushkar Fair should be on your bucket list
- 5 must do’s in New Delhi
- 4 tips for New Delhi, India
- The 8 things you need to know about India
- 5 of the best ways to spend your time in India
- Goa, the three best beaches
- 27 fun facts about India