Taj Mahal is a white marble tomb whose foundations were laid by Shah Jahan (Mughal
Emperor) in 1631 in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took almost 17 years to
complete this majestic building, which is one of the rare feats achieved by human
The mausoleum of Taj Mahal at Agra stands in a well-laid out garden
approached through a pavilion on the main axis. The tomb rises on a high red sandstone
base topped by a huge white marble terrace on which rests the famous dome flanked
by four tapering minarets.
The English translation of Taj Mahal means
Crown Palace. Though Taj Mahal is not a palace yet it qualifies for the title
as it competes with other palatial buildings in terms of architectural magnificence.
According to Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman, in the history of architecture,
the monument sums up many of the formal themes that have played through Islamic
The fame of Taj Mahal has touched to such height that
Taj Mahal Agra is synonymous with India. To an aspiring traveller, when there
is a mention of India, the brochure images of Taj Mahal Agra are the ones that
first strike the mind.
Attractions Close by!
- Agra Fort
- Chini Ka Rauza
- Ram Bagh
- Jama Masjid
- Radhaswami Samadhi