Taj Mahal

Most Romantic And Beautiful Place In Agra, India
Taj Mahal is the most Romantic and Beautiful place in Agra Uttar Pradesh, India it is a big Example of Love.the Taj Mahal is one of the most splendid masterpieces of architecture in the world. It was Emperor Shah Jehan who ordered the building of the Taj Mahal, in honor of his beloved wife, Arjumand Banu who was later known as Mumtaz Mahal, which means, the Distinguished of the Palace. One of the greatest monuments of India has been listed amongst the eight wonders of the world. This monument was built in the name of love and devotion.

 The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Taj Mahal, Agra was completed in 22 years employed twenty thousand workers and was designed by the Iranian architect Ustad Isa. Revered for its grace and detailed beauty, the Taj Mahal is considered to be the zenith of Indo-Persian architecture and the elaborate marble designs are inlaid with semi-precious stones such as jade, crystal, turquoise and coral. The Taj stands on the octagonal foundation of red sandstone crowned by a terrace made of white marble. The marble terrace cradles the dome, which houses the cenotaph of Shah Jahan's beloved wife Mumtaz Banu Begum.

The most expensive white marble was brought to Agra. The structure combines ingredients of Persian, India, Islamic and Turkish styles of architecture. It took twenty-two years to complete the construction of this architectural wonder. As per the records twenty thousand people were employed to work on this magnanimous project, which cost the Mughal emperor thirty-two million Rupees. According to the official documents, Ustad Isa was the master architect.
In 1983, this grand monument was announced by UNESCO to be one amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was cited by the authorities as: "The jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage." And thereafter it attained global fame as one of the seven wonders of the world. 

The beauty and elegance of the Taj cannot be expressed in words alone. Although the corpses of Shah Jahan and his better half lie silent, the Taj speaks loud and clears of their immortal love story.
History of Taj Mahal
Mumtaz and Shah Jehan were married in 1612 A.D  had 14 children together. The Empress Mumtaz used to accompany her husband in his military campaigns, and it was  in Burhanpur in 1630, that she gave birth to her last child, after which she died. So great was the Shah Jahan's love for his wife Mumtaz, that he ordered the building of the most beautiful mausoleum on Earth for her, The Taj Mahal As soon as construction work began in early 1630, sculptors, masons, craftsmen, and calligraphers were called from Persia, Ottoman Empire and Europe to work on construction of the Taj.
The architectural complex of the Taj Mahal comprises of five main elements: the Darwaza or main gateway, the Bageecha or garden, the Masjid or mosque, the Naqqar Khana or rest house, and theRauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum.
The actual Tomb of Mumtaz is situated inside the Taj. The unique moghal style architecture combines elements & styles of Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. Most striking are the black and white chessboard marble floor, the four tall minarets (40 m high) at the corners of the structure, and the majestic grand dome in the middle.
On closer inspection, the lettering of the Holy Quran verses around the archways appear to be uniform. The lettering spacing and density has been customized to give this impression to the viewer. The impressive pietra dura artwork includes geometric elements & style, plants & flowers, which are common in Islamic architecture. The level of sophistication in artwork includes a 3 cm decorative element containing more than 50 inlaid gemstones.

Free Entry For Taj Mahal
April 22, 2008 . The Minister for Tourism and Culture Smt. Ambika Soni has said that through a notification dated 5th March, 2008, the Archaeological Survey of India has brought the entry fee in respect of citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries at par with Indian citizens. 
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, at Taj Mahal, ASI charges entry fee @Rs.10/- from Indian visitors and nationals of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries. Foreigners of other nationalities are charged @Rs.250/-. The Agra Development Authority charges Rs.500/- from each foreign national including citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries and Rs.10/- from Indian visitors as Toll Tax (Path-kar). 
The notification issued by the Archaeological Survey of India applies only to ASI’s entry fee and not to the tax charged by the Agra Development Authority. 

Attractive Place Of World
It is the most Romantic, Beautiful as well as the most Attractive Place of World
and the people of this city Agra really feel proud who have such a beautiful Place of World. People who come there to see that fantastic place really feel the Romantic feelings in their Heart
and they cant stop them self to praise that Beautiful place of the World.Specially Romantic people really feel proud to come there.

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