Taj Mahal, Agra
The architecture of Taj Mahal is considered to be the most stunning masterpieces of the world. Shah Jahan built the wonderful Taj Mahal, as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal means ‘Crown of the palace’.
It is situated in Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. River Yamuna once flowed besides this beautiful monument; today it is almost dry. Beautiful and lush green gardens surround the Taj Mahal. The reflection of the Taj Mahal can be seen in the waters of the large pool in front of it.
The Taj Mahal continues to astonish tourists with its marvelous carvings, jewelry and faultless symmetry. It is built on a platform, each side being 100m long. There are four minarets, one at each corner of this platform. The huge dome of the Taj is perfectly shaped. Designs created with pietra dura (pieces of stone inlaid in marble) decorate the walls of the Taj, its interior has beautiful marble screens.
It was designed by Shiraz, an Iranian Architect. Over 20,000 men were employed for its construction. It started in 1632 and took over twenty years to complete. When Shah Jahan died, he was buried next to Mumtaz Mahal.
This World Heritage site is thronged by thousands of visitors from all over the world and remains as one of the most astonishing pieces of architecture in the world.
Agra Travel Guide