Traveling with your family helps! Knowing a person's feelings helps us know the person herself. And the more we know one another in a family, the more affection we have for one another. A family vacation gives you the required atmosphere, where you can talk and try to understand each other. It becomes more evident, if you visit Taj Mahal, one of the wonders on this earth. The Taj Mahal-mausoleum of the mughal Empress Mumtaz Mahal is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings you must have ever seen. The main gate is like a curtain to the beautiful architectural sets inside. As one enters inside, one is thunderstruck by the milky white wonder.
Located at the city of Agra in the State of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is
one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world. It was
built by the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his
second wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this architectural wonder
began in 1631 and took over 20 years to complete.
The walled complex is approached from the south through a red sandstone
forecourt, Chowk-i Jilo Khana, whose wide paths, flanked by arched
kiosks, run to high gates in the east and west. The original entrance, a
massive arched gateway topped with delicate domes and adorned with
Koranic verses, stands at the northern edge of Chowk-i Jilo Khana, and
acts as a shield.
square in shape, with peaked arches cut into its sides, the Taj Mahal
surmounts a square marble platform marked at each corner by a high
minaret. Topped with a huge central dome, its height is accentuated by a
crowning brass spire. Inside is a high, echoing octagonal chamber
flushed with pallid light reflected by yellowing marble surfaces. The
marble screen is cut so finely that it seems almost translucent.
Decorated with precious stones, it scatters dappled light over the
cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal in the centre of the tomb, and that of Shah
Jahan next to it.
A green carpet of garden runs from the main gateway to the foot of the
Taj. In essence, it is a Persian garden, a from born and nursed to
maturity in the desert flat of Persia. Landscape artists at the Taj
attempted to translate the perfection of heaven into terrestrial terms
by following certain formulas. In Islam, four is the holiest of all
numbers - most arrangements of the Taj are based on that number or its
multiples - and the gardens were thus laid out in the quadrate plan. A
clear, unobstructed view of the mausoleum is available from any spot in