The Taj Mahal is so special – let us tell you why!

The awe-inspiring Taj Mahal

We recommend the following itineraries which include the Taj Mahal:

  • The Golden Triangle  itinerary is a fantastic introduction to India to see the most iconic sights, including the legendary Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jaipur’s Palace of the Winds and the ancient bazaars of Old Delhi. Prices start from £986pp for 6 nights.
  • The Holy Rivers and Templates itinerary will take you to the key holy places in India while staying in some of the most impressive and luxurious hotels. Prices start from £1,978pp for 10 nights. 

Voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and often described as the most beautiful building ever created, it is not surprising that the Taj Mahal is on most travellers bucket list. Located in the major city of Agra in the Uttar Pradesh region, it is the most popular tourist destination in the Indian sub-continent. A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal – let us tell you why!

Emily at the Taj

Emily posing infront of the Taj Mahal

It’s true that many believe that an article, blog or photo in a magazine is enough to appreciate the full beauty of things, but you know the saying, ‘this photo didn’t do it justice’? It could not be more relevant to the Taj Mahal – this monumental structure seems to exceed everyone’s expectations! After a visit to one of the world’s greatest heritage sites, many people leave completely blown away by every inch of the phenomenal building. It is one of those works that once you have seen it you say ‘I get it now, I get why it was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.’

Along with the beauty, the Taj Mahal has an incredible history too. It was built as a result of passion, built upon a love story – a true example of a man’s deep rooted love for his favourite wife. This monument dates back to the 1600’s where Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan fell in love with Mumtaz Muhal a Muslim Persian princess. Emperor Jahan was soon to take control of the Mughal Empire growing in both wealth and power, however this was not enough to stop his greatest love from passing away. As a testament to his love and her beauty, he decided to build the most beautiful tomb anyone has ever seen – the Taj Mahal. The name derives from Mumtaz Muhal herself meaning ‘crown of palace’. Created as a symbol of adoration from the Emperor to his wife, the romantic history adds soul to the magnificent Taj Mahal.

View of the Taj from Mehtab Bagh

View of the Taj from Mehtab Bagh

Designed to reflect the pure beauty of Mumtaz Muhal, the Emperor created a monument blended with Indian, Persian and Islamic styles. The mausoleums grand marble domes are surrounded by 4 minarets and the 2 red sandstone buildings positioned west and east are set within lush gardens mirrored by surrounding pools. Its accentuated symmetry for which it is most famous for, beckons tourists from all over – every angle that you look at it from, you will be awe-struck.

The carefully chosen white marble shifts in colour from sunrise to sunset and is said to reflect the different moods of the Emperor emphasising the great love story. It’s a transformation so mesmerizing that it’s worth wandering the grounds all day to witness the change from a rosy tone in the morning to the bright light of a full moon.  One of the best angles to see the Taj from is the East side in the Mehtab Bagh Park across the river, so make sure to see it from there too! With no bad time of year to visit the Taj Mahal, it’s a perfect addition to anyone’s bucket list.

Myth has it that Shah Jahan desired a similar mausoleum for himself. There are writings about the plans for the ‘Second Taj’ or ‘Kaala Taj’. It is believed that building had begun directly opposite the Taj Mahal across the river, from Black Marble and would be connected to the Taj Mahal by a bridge. However the Emporer was deposed by his own son and any building that had begun was destroyed.

Other things to do in Agra:

Baby Taj

Baby Taj

Agra is a city full of architecture and culture beyond the Taj Mahal. It is city littered with tombs in memory of its past Emperors. Looking further than the love story of Emporor Jahan, you can explore the famous ‘Red Fort’, the imperial city of the lost Mugal Emperors which is located on the outskirts of the gardens that surround the Taj Mahal. Within its 2.5km walls, you find more culture embedded monuments. Agra is home to the ‘baby Taj’ also known as Itimad-ud-Daulah, an equiste tomb of Mumtaz Mahals grandfather. This beautiful mausoleums delicate and detailed design makes it well worth a visit. With plenty more fusions of Persian, Islamic and Indian architecture Agra is not a city to be missed.

 

We recommend the following itineraries which include the Taj Mahal:

  • The Golden Triangle  itinerary is a fantastic introduction to India to see the most iconic sights, including the legendary Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jaipur’s Palace of the Winds and the ancient bazaars of Old Delhi. Prices start from £986pp for 6 nights.
  • The Holy Rivers and Templates itinerary will take you to the key holy places in India while staying in some of the most impressive and luxurious hotels. Prices start from £1,978pp for 10 nights. 

Comments are closed.