One of the most elegant and harmonious monuments in the world needs no introduction..Taj Mahal "a monument of immeasurable beauty". Taj Mahal "the epitome of love". The beauty of this monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. One has to see it to believe it and experience it to enjoy it. - The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the embodiment of eternal love and romance leaves one mesmerized.
One of the seven wonders of the world, this poem in White marble stands majestically on the banks of the Yamuna River, its pale dome and minarets seem to float over the river, catching every nuance of light and shade. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the remains of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took over 22 years to build, working with India's finest pietra dura craftsmen who inlaid the gleaming white marble with semi-precious stones.
This sublime garden –tomb was designed to represent an earthly replica of one of the houses of paradise and cost nearly 41 million rupees and 500 kilos(1,102 lbs) of gold. The Taj Mahal is phenomenal not in the beauty alone that shines forth, but in the deep planning and design that went into its making, and the ethereal idea of immortalizing love. Delicate carvings in marble vie with gorgeous pietra dura for attention. Lapis-lazuli, Cornelian, Mother of pearl, Agate and Emerald are inlayed in floral and geometrical patterns in the marble itself. The Taj Mahal complex has a main gateway, an elaborate garden, a mosque and a prayer house besides the mausoleum.
No words can aptly describe the visual experience of witnessing the Taj Mahal at sunset with the marble monument changing shades from orange to rose red –a scenario so pure, intense and spiritual that it leaves you in a hypnotic trance.