TAJ MAHAL- AGRA
Taj Mahal signifies Agra and vice-versa. Agra, the erstwhile imperial capital of the Mughal Empire, is the city of imperial grandeur. Taj Mahal is the most beautiful monument not only in Agra but also in the whole world. The sheer look on this white majestic beauty provides solace to mind and soul. Taj, the most magnificent symbol of love that man ever built for a woman, stands almost in the centre of the city of Agra. Dominating walls, an intimidating gate, a mosque and a royal inn are part of the Taj complex, besides the outer complex (near the entry gate).
Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. From laying down its foundation stone in the year 1631, it took 21 years in completion and it was completed in the year 1652. Taj Mahal is included in the Seven Wonders of the World. The main edifice is surrounded by rampart of red stones, having three colossal gates. On its western side, one beautiful Mosque is situated. The garden, decorated with Farsi (Persian) designed fountains, enhances manifolds the beauty of this magnificent edifice shining with milky white marble.
Over 20,000 masons, craftsmen and laborers were recruited from India, various parts of Central asia and Italy. Experts were even brought from Europe. Isa Khan, the chief architect, belonged to Shiraz in Iran.
Erected on the four corners of the huge platform, the tall fabulous towers give it a heavenly look. Under the huge dome in the middle, two memorials in the shape of grave have been built. The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge central dome. The beauty of the Taj Mahal gives wonderful and glorious appearance at the full moon nights and especially on Sharad Purnimas, the glittering beauty arises special attractions among the tourists.