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7 Wonders of the World-The Taj Mahal-India

Updated on January 30, 2011

7 Wonders of the World

7 Wonders of the World
7 Wonders of the World

The Taj Mahl India - 7 Wonders of the World

The Taj Mahal in India is probably the most popular in terms of recognition of the 7 Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal is located in close proximity to the capital city, New Delhi, in the small Agra City in northern India state called Uttar Pradesh.

The other 7 Wonders of the World

The other Wonders of the World are currently recognised as follows

Click on the name in the list to read more about it.

The Great Wall of China

Chichen Itsa of Mexico

The Colosseum of Italy

The Great Pyramids of Giza/Gizeh in Egypt

Machu Picchu in Peru

Petra in Jordan

The Taj Mahal Legend

The Taj Mahal is named after the deceased wife, Mumtaz Mahal, of the Emperor Shah Jahan.

Emperor Shah Jahan met his future wife to be at his fathers court where Mumtaz's father was the Prime Minister. They quickly became frineds and the Emperor then married Mumtaz as his second wife. Around 1680 whilst travelling, Mumtaz became extremely ill and is reputed to have requested a monument to be ercted in her memory by her husband the Emperor.

The Taj Mahal is the result of the love for his wife and is an expression of beauty and personification of all that his wife meant to the Emperor Shah. It is believed that a second Taj Mahal of Black Marble was to be erected on the opposite side of the river, but was decided against as being an ill omen of Mumtaz;s memory.

The word Taj Mahal can be described as meaning Crown Palace or Crown of the Palace. The Emperor grieved for a reported two years and was eventually succeeded by his son and imprisoned in a room overlooking the Taj Mahal for the rest of his life. On his passing, his son however honoured his wishes and as such was laid to rest in a tomb alongside the tomb of his sorely missed wife Mumtaz inside the walls of the Taj Mahal.

The Emperor is said to have work in consult with an architect named Ustad Ahmad until even the finest details had been decided.

Interesting Facts about the Taj Mahal

 The Taj Mahal reportedly took over 22 years to complete with construction commencing in 1631. The Taj Mahal is composed almost entirely of white marble which seems to change color at certain times of the day and uner different light conditions and is thought to signify the current mood of Mumtaz Mahal.

The Marble stones used in the construction were not native ot the city and had to be specially brought in from the indian state of Rajasthan whereby roughly 1000 elephants and 22000 workers laboured day and night to bring the marble to the construction site.

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The Taj Mahal

 The Taj Mahal was originally crafted with only the most precious rubies, emeralds and finishes throughout the interior and remains one of the most photographed locations in the world.

A visit to see the splendour of the Taj Mahal is a must for anyone taking a vacation to India. There are literally hundreds of gatherers who get down on bended knee and profess their undying love in a symbolic gesture as they propose to their bride or groom on the steps to the Taj Mahal.

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      pranavi guptha 

      3 years ago

      we are very proud to haveone of the 7 wondres of the world in our INDIA , THE BEAUTIFUL TAJ MAHAL

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      s sulthan 

      5 years ago

      its amazing in the world....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      most beautiful is our TAJ MAHAL.

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      mahesh 

      5 years ago

      It is a one of the great memorable place and the great wonder in INDIA by SHAH JAHAN

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      MONISHA 

      5 years ago

      I LOVE TAJMAHAL SINCE I LOVE , love................... IF I OWN THIS I WOULD HAVE PRESENTED THIS LOVELY TAJMAHAL TO MY BOYFRIEND JUSTIN BIBER..... PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN,

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      ASWATHY 

      5 years ago

      THE MOST MEMORABLE ONE

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      sowmya 

      5 years ago

      most wonderfulllllllll wonder....

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      tanveerfatima 

      6 years ago

      it's nice one

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      pujitha 

      6 years ago

      i think it is very nice place in world

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      azmin uma 

      6 years ago

      great and amazing picters of the great seven wonders of world

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      manoj kare 

      6 years ago

      awosmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!...............

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      faiza khursheed 

      6 years ago

      it is most beautiful building in the world.

      i like it very much

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      Dana Smith 

      6 years ago

      Wow! It is a wonderful place. I love the reflection in the water!

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      shruthi 

      6 years ago

      its splendid

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      lucy 

      6 years ago

      i think no other place is as beautiful as the Taj Mahal that is in India.

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      mysunsuion 

      7 years ago

      A most wanted place to visit in India, just at its neighbor you will get another beautiful Topkapi Palace

      http://topkapi-palace.org/

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