Taj Mahal , Agra
About Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, the masterpiece of Mughal Architecture, is actually a blend of Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Indian style of architecture. This finest monument was a tomb built by Shah Jahan for his lovable wife Mumtaz after she died. Nearly thousands of artisans and craftsmen worked from 1632 till 1653 to complete Taj Mahal. The center of attraction, the tomb is built on the square plinth. Its door are arch shaped topped with large dome. The finial over the dome was actually made of gold which was later replaced by bronze. On each corner on the square plinth there are minarets, with the height of 40 m. The Jali surrounding the cenotaphs inside the main building has intricate craftsmanship. The lush green garden alongside the pathway to Tajmahal entices the tourists a lot. Marble stone benches allow the tourists to sit back and admire the white marble wonder of Mughal Empire.
The turreted elegance of this royal tomb makes it own statement, standing as it does among coiffured gardens and over the banks of the river Yamuna. Tickets cost 750 rupees for foreigners and 20 rupees for Indian nationals.