06 Jan Taj Mahal – a classical and historical treasure
North of Agra stands the famous building of India: the Taj Mahal. Seen as one of the new seven wonders of the world, it is the identity and symbol of India. Fascinating beauty and history of the most romantic story, it is on the bucket list of millions of travelers who visit India every year to contemplate this monument more closely.
A fascinating monument in the name of love
The Taj Mahal is a huge and magnificent palace, the largest that has been built to represent the love for a woman. Overlooking the Yamuna River, it was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Whether a romantic getaway, with family or friends, this marvel is worth seeing.
This monument symbol of love, is now the most visited of the country. Built on a pink sandstone base and entirely in white marble and top quality semiprecious stones, it is a World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1983. Make it a must to discover this unusual building while traveling in India!
An architectural jewel of Indo- Islamic art
The construction of this mausoleum is a mixture of Persian style, Islamic and Central Asia. Admire the unique architectural work , a gem in itself, that British writer Rudyard Kipling called “the embodiment of purity”. The site is surrounded by a garden cut by channels and studded by fountains, an ideal place for a short break.
This enormous project was led by architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, who had under his command thousands of artisans from the whole of Asia and Europe. To avoid the crowds and enjoy the magic of the place, remember to stay overnight in Agra in a nice little hotel near the site to get there before sunrise. This moment that you will witness at the foot of the Taj Mahal will definitely keep you breathless !
The City of Agra and its sights
Agra is the industrial center of the state of Uttar Pradesh, about 200 km from Delhi. The best time to visit is from October to March. This city is so full of wonderful treasures that it would be a shame not to visit. Give yourself two days to visit other interesting sites nearby.
Along the Yamuna river, you can visit the Red Fort with high walls of pink sandstone. Also classified ” World Heritage ” by UNESCO, this impressive fortress contains several palaces well decorated palaces. Discover also Fatehpur Sikri the ghost town, mausoleum Saomi Bagh and not to mention Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar and many other wonders.
The Taj Mahal is definitely a must see while traveling in northern India. Discover this majestic place that will stun you and visit other sites like the Baby Taj .