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The 7th wonder of the world, Taj Mahal, presents not only the archaeological masterpiece but also the symbol of love. The true love of a Sheshansh for his Begam has crossed borders to attract millions of visitors from around the world every year. Planning an Indian heritage tour is incomplete if you skip visiting the Taj. It is simply not a mausoleum, excellent work engraved in its body and the area surrounding it makes it one of a kind.
There are lot of facts and rumours associated with the building phase of this love mausoleum. The then emperor, Shahjahan, was very possessive regarding his wife’s mausoleum. So, after the completion of this astonishing structure he had ordered to cut the hands of 20,000 workers ensuring that they would not be able to build another of the kind.
Places To Visit In And Around Taj
The Taj does not consider only the Mahal. The brilliant piece is surrounded by amazing places that one should not miss to see and explore. If you are an outsider, hiring a Taj Mahal tour operator will be of greatest help. They have a huge stock of unknown facts and rumors encircled with the mausoleum. These titbits are very interesting and gives you an idea of the then Indian lifestyle and culture of the country.
Agra Fort - UNESCO has credited Agra Fort as a World Heritage Site. The fort was the residence of the then Mughal emperors. Since it is located only 2.5 km away from Taj Mahal, one can get a nice view of the love mausoleum from the fort. The red sandstone fort is more likely a walled city. There are lots of fascinating things inside that you will love to watch. There are mesmerizing rooms, pearl mosque, gem mosque, peacock throne, room of mirrors, bathing bowl and many more.
Baby Taj - The mausoleum is a definite place to visit. The tomb is the exclusive piece of Mughal architecture but it hold a significant difference. It is much different from the period of Humayun’s and Akbar’s Mughal architectural type. The structure is very similar to Taj Mahal. It was built by Noor Jahan, wife of Jahangir, and is often referred to as Baby Taj. River Yamuna flows near the mausoleum. Though most of the carved works are damaged due to environmental factors but it is very famous for marble lattice screen.
Mehtab Bagh - Moonlight Garden is one of the most romantic place. Taj Mahal on one side and river Yamuna on the other make the garden a dream paradise. It gives postcard perfect views suitable for a perfect click. Due to its ambience speciality, the location is popular among couples and families. People start to gather across the lawn as the sun starts to set. As per legends, Shahjahan wanted to build his mausoleum of black marble to mirror the Taj Mahal. But his son, Emperor Aurangzeb, ended up throwing him in prison.
The Taj Walk - Enjoy a walk in the Taj Protected Forest, which is located just before reaching the East Gate. The walk is a mix of paved paths and dirt trails. You can also spot peacocks roaming wild. The crowning jewel of the park being the free views of the Taj Mahal! There are a few benches placed across the grounds and every once in a while you’ll come across unexpected hills that presents dazzling views of the Taj in the sunlight. As the park is located at the eastern side of Taj, you get the best views in the morning when the sunlight hits the mausoleum. Afternoon view will not be that bad, but the Taj will be backlit – something to keep in mind if you want to click some amazing photos.
Tips To Keep In Mind While Visiting Taj
In general, majority of the tourists visit Agra to primarily see Taj Mahal, the 7th wonder of the world. Taj Mahal welcomes more than millions of tourists every year. So, keeping a pace when visiting to this amazing place is not that easy. You need to prepare yourself to make the visit truly memorable.
1) Get a brief idea regarding the place by reading various booklets. This will give you a rough idea regarding what to see and explore in Taj Mahal.
2) The place opens at 6AM for the visitors. Enter through the east gate to watch and feel the purity of true love when the sun rays kisses the marble stones of the mausoleum.
3) There are different entry gates. The nationals shall pay Rs. 20 per person and foreigners shall pay Rs. 750 per person.
4) Make sure your tummy is full during your visit to the place. Nobody is allowed to bring snacks or food inside the campus.
5) The place is no doubt always beautiful at any season. But, for your convenience, it is better to choose winters as Agra gets hotter in summers.
6) West side of Taj Mahal can create interesting photo frames. Be patient to take some really great snaps as Taj is always crowded with visitors.
7) Lastly, you must go for a full moon night tour. Taj Mahal was constructed with pristine translucent marbles. When you are inside Taj you can actually see the shimmer of the moonlight due to the marbles.
Agra the abode of love has a lot of amazing things to explore and experience. The city preserves the tales of Indian history. It has its own charming essence that attracted Indian emperors to make it their capital, including Mughals. Their presence had left vibrant marks in the form of unique architecture, culture, taste and preference. Agra tour cannot be completed within a day. If you are planning a visit for a day then it is suggested you must not. The river Yamuna flowing beside adds the remaining tinch of serenity to the city’s beauty. Visiting and exploring it will definitely make a lifetime experience.