One of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal.
This symbol of India is an essential place to visit if you have decided to know the place, a fusion between Persian, Muslim and Indian architecture that is located on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this jewel of art and architecture was also named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
You can arrive by plane or train to the place, although the most popular and recommended is by air, the flight leaves from New Delhi and lasts approximately 3 hours.
To access the place, you can do so through its three gates: the south entrance known as Sirhi Darwaza, which is located in the old Mumtazab, the east entrance or Fatehabad Gate and the west entrance or Fatehpuri Gate, which is the main entrance.
The place has a very accessible entry cost and there are no fixed timetables, but it is best to make your visit during the early hours of the morning, so you will avoid the intense heat and multitude.
6 things that this amazing place has and that are worth knowing in person are the following:
The Taj Mahal transforms during the day
Like an enchanted tale, the colors of the Taj Mahal change during the day.
The white marble with which it was built has the property of reflecting light at every moment.
During the dawn, its walls acquire pinkish tones, to give way to a brilliant white in the mornings when the sun is at its peak.
Already at night, at the moon’s glow, the palace takes on a coloring like burnished gold, which makes even more fascinating to contemplate this majestic construction.
If you ever travel to India, the most millenary and exotic country, don’t miss to visit the Taj Mahal, one of the most wonderful places in the area, and one of the most marvelous works of architecture ever built by man.
Architectural materials and styles
This place is definitely a work of art and one of the most important tourist places.
Made mainly of marble brought from Rajasthan, Tibet, Afghanistan China, is one of the most important architectural works in the place.
It is possible to observe in its walls up to 30 different varieties of precious stones, its exquisite design full of harmony and beauty is an aspect worthy of admiration where the Mongolian, Persian and Islamic style stands out to form this incredible work of art.
Almost a perfect balance
This impressive building has an almost perfect symmetry and a self-replication that form a fundamental part of its construction, these elements almost enter a degree of perfection which is not achieved due to a small detail that breaks the balance: it is emperor’s sepulcher is larger than that of his wife, in addition, this sarcophagus was placed in its position many years ago which caused its symmetry to be broken.
The Taj Mahal is one of the largest mausoleums in the world, covered by a beautiful dome made of white marble, contains a set of buildings occupying a total of 17 hectares, an incredible mosque, a guest house and beautiful gardens.
Its dimensions of 580 x 305 meters follow a specific geometric pattern, the square, and is governed mainly by its great symmetry.
The impressive mausoleum reaches a height of 171 meters and the dome reaches the highest point of the building, in its upper part can be seen a wreath of lotus flowers and a needle containing the crescent of Islam.
The most amazing thing about this tourist attraction is its intricate design.
To achieve this, unusual and semi-precious stones from remote areas were used.
Apparently, Shah Jahan was very well informed about these precious stones and the stones were carefully embedded in the marble using the traditional Pietra Dura mosaic style.
This form of decorative art using semiprecious stones is also called Parchin Kari in the Indian subcontinent.
This traditional art form is passed down from generation to generation and there are artisans in Agra who continue to make this rock art on a smaller scale as a souvenir. A travel blogger made this trip special and has wonderfully explained this delicate technique here accompanied by beautiful photos.
Char Bagh or the Garden
Considered as one of the most amazing places to visit, the garden is called Char Bagh and has a perfect dimension of 300 square meters.
Even the garden, seen from above, is divided into 4 parts surrounded by 4 bodies of calm water.
These 4 waterways represent the sea of water, wine, milk and honey that signify paradise as mentioned in the Koran. Each of the 4 sectors is in turn divided into 4 quadrants, making a total of 16 pieces of garden with lawn.
Some documents have mentioned that the Char Bagh garden was full of fruit trees, fragrant and flowering plants that thrived with life.
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