The most beautiful structure on the face of earth is a dedication to eternal love! Can there be anything more romantic than this? Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is a symbol of love as most of us know. But there are several other facts about Taj Mahal that many tourists may not be familiar with. Here’s an attempt to bring some of those facts before you.
7 Important Facts About Taj Mahal That a Traveler Must Know
There are some lesser known Taj Mahal facts of which some are amusing and some are awe-inspiring.
Soon after the completion of Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan was put under house arrest by his son, Aurangzeb. Such a pity that after spending more than a decade to construct a memorial to his beloved, the emperor was only able to view it from a tiny window in his room during his last days!
The four minarets of Taj Mahal are built slightly away from the main structure and are tilted towards the outer side, which is not in accordance with the norms of construction of mausoleums. It is said to have been done so that in the event of any of the minarets falling, the main dome will not get destroyed. A farsighted thought!
It took roughly 20 years to complete Taj Mahal. The marble used in its construction were shipped from Rajasthan, Punjab and even far off Arabian countries. The main architect of the structure was a Persian.
A shocking one among Taj Mahal facts is that the hands of workers who built Taj Mahal were severed after its construction was over, so that they could not make another structure as beautiful. This seems to be baseless as there is no proof to support this story.
28 varieties of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the beautiful inlays of marbles. Passages from Quran have been used to decorate the magnificent walls on the insides of Taj Mahal. During the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, many of these precious stones were plundered by the British soldiers.
One of the most amazing facts about Taj Mahal is that it appears to change its color depending on the time of the day. Pinkish in the early rays of sun, serene white during day and even a golden hue on full moon nights! But a rather disappointing fact is that air pollution in Agra is causing the white marble to turn into yellow. To counter this, Government is now allowing only electric vehicles to operate in the area.
One of the facts about Taj Mahal that concerns you as a tourist is that it remains closed on Fridays for prayer as it has a working mosque inside the premises. Also being a place of religious significance, tourists are expected to maintain decorum while visiting.
Where is Taj Mahal located?
Taj Mahal, one of the most spoken attractions in India is not located in Delhi, the capital of India. Tourists heading to India from other corners of the globe will definitely have Taj Mahal on top of their check list as it is the most admired one among places to visit in India. So the first question they ask on setting foot in India is, ‘where is Taj Mahal located?’ This famous monument is picturesquely located on the banks of River Yamuna in the city of Agra. Agra is a major city in Uttar Pradesh and is close to Delhi. Taj Mahal is almost 225 kilometers from new Delhi by road and can take upto 3 hours to reach.
How to reach Taj Mahal
As Taj Mahal is among the places to visit in India with unparalleled magnificence, you will not face any difficulties in travelling to Agra. Agra has an airport and railhead for air and rail travel. Being close to New Delhi, foreign tourists mostly fly to Delhi and move to Agra by road from there.
Why was Taj Mahal built?
An outrageous question, if you ask it in a rhetorical manner. But if you are asking why Taj Mahal was built purely out of ignorance, here are the facts for you.
It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whom he loved immensely. After the death of his wife, the emperor was heartbroken and the very next year, he started construction of a mausoleum in her memory.
Taj Mahal is a monument of love that calls for a visit at least once in lifetime. And if you feel the spark of love being kindled inside you, just go with it. What better place than this to fall in love, all over again?
Author: E Jey
Just a passionate traveler who loves scribbling his expeditions @ www.jauntmonkey.com, www.outonroads.com, and www.blogthatall.com