How was your trip to the Taj Mahal?

When you are asked this question and as you think about your trip to the Taj Mahal, you know that you have seen something incredible, a beautiful and priceless monument, a symbol of love.
You remember how you smiled when you first looked at it, and how you pulled out your best poses to have your photo taken with it.

taj mahal royal bench

you will remember that moment forever

You will hopefully forget the maddening traffic and heat of Agra but you will not forget the awe inspiring beauty of the Taj Mahal.

"Only let this one teardrop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on cheek of time, forever and ever"

These are the wonderful words of great Indian poet and Noble laureate in literature, Rabindra Nath Tagore. Hard to find any better words that perfectly describe the beauty of this timeless monument.

taj - through the main gateway First look at this magnificent white marble monument through the massive main gate, you fall in love with it and you realise the truth behind the great poet's words.

It stands magestically on the banks of river Yamuna, at Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

It is one of 7 wonders of the modern world and one amongst UNESCO world heritage sites(1983).

It is the finest example of Mughal architecture that combines Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal, it has a fascinating story and rich history behind its construction and its journey through time.

It took sustained efforts from 22,000 workers through 22 long years(1631-1653A.D) to complete the constuction of the Taj complex.

No effort and expenditure was spared in building this white marble monument, aptly named Taj Mahal (meaning 'Crown of palaces').

It has stood the test of time, braved the elements and the pollution, survived through wars and inspite of looting by various invaders it still mesmerises visitors by its pristine beauty.

taj mahal up close in evening

What's in ?

  • The famous story and history behind the construction of this timeless monument.

  • Tips - On planning your trip to India, on getting to Agra, on shopping around the Taj.

  • What makes the Taj complex - The huge red sandstone main gateway, the magnificent and peaceful gardens, the grand white marble mausoleum, the mosque and the rest house.

  • Description of other places of interest - Not to miss trips to Agra fort and Sikandra.

  • Collection of pages contributed by visitors like you - sharing your stories about your trip to India and the Taj, top places to visit in India, where to eat and rest, and a lots more :-).

Share the story of your trip with us and rest of the world.
Do tell us how you felt when you visited the Taj Mahal for the first time, and if you have not visited it yet, do plan a trip to India as it is one of life time experiences not to be missed

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Table of Contents

The Taj Story
This page is about the famous love story behind the construction of this 'wonder in marble'.

The Taj history
Learn about the history of the Taj. The main artists and designers, time of construction and its price at time of construction.

Travel tips
Visiting Taj for the first time? Here are some tips which might just come in handy..

How to reach Taj?
Decided to visit lets find out some interesting ways to get there.

Timings and ticket price
Know about the ticket prices and visiting timings on regular days, and of night viewing of the Taj when it is probably at its best.

Shopping at Taj
Love to shop? Here are some ideas on what you can get your loved ones on your trip to the Taj.

Main complex
This page describes the entry gates, the Taj museum and the 5 main elements that make the Taj main complex.

Main gateway
This page describes the huge red sandtone main gate of the Taj which is a piece of art in itself.

Taj gardens
This page is about the wonderful Taj gardens which includes the central reflective water canals, the main walkways, the raised marble platform and the water houses.

Taj mausoleum
The main element of the Taj complex. The 'wonder in marble' structure that houses the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaj mahal.

Taj mosque and rest house
Learn about these two identical red sandstone and marble structures that flank the Taj mausoleum.

Agra fort
Situated adjacent to the Taj, the Agra fort is a reflection of the taste and grandeur of the Mugal era, this is a absolute must see place on your Taj visit.

Situated about 7 km from Taj on the Agra-Mathura road, mausoleum of Akbar the Great, the final resting place of the greatest emperor of the Mugal era.

Your Taj stories
Finally most importantly, pages created by visitors like you..sharing your favorite Taj moments and pictures with us. Be among the first to share your story and we and rest of the visitors will thank you for that.

Taj main complex

Agra fort

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