visit Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal : a symbol of love
One of the seven wonder’s of the world and the World Heritage site as declared by UNESCO, The Taj Mahal at Agra, India, is a sight to behold with its distinctive Mughal architecture. This marble edifice is an ode of love built by an emperor for his beloved queen.
Thousands of visitors have it on their itinerary whether nationally or internationally to see for themselves this beautiful mausoleum at least once in their lifetime. The tale of undying love draws visitors’ year around, whether they be plebeian or state dignitaries.
I guess no love story can compare with the story of Emperor Shah Jahan’s tryst for 22 years to build a monument that could eternalize the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal for posterity.
About The Taj Mahal :
Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal was built in the distinctive mughal style. The Taj Mahal is made up of white marble and consists of a symmetrical building resting on a square platform with an arch shaped doorway and a large dome on top. The Tomb lies within this structure. Four minarets frame the Tomb. It is said that Gold and semi- precious stones adorned the exterior structure of the Taj Mahal and were a sight to behold making the Taj Mahal shine in all its beauty and glory. The materials used for construction were sourced from all over India and Asia, whether it be the white marble or the jade and sapphire that was used to adorn the monument. However presently what remains are the carvings and calligraphy.
Catch hold of the guides when you visit The Taj Mahal, they can be hired and they will narrate to you the stories and the History of this monument. The Taj Mahal is set around a large Mughal garden and the reflecting pool that reflects the image of this mausoleum. This white marble edifice amidst greenery is a perfect soothing vision for any eye, irrespective of the time and season.
Weather wise, it is pleasant to visit The Taj Mahal during winter and spring. The Taj Mahal is open to visitors all days except for Fridays between 6 AM to 7 PM(the timing change with season).
The monument is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after.Tickets for nighttime viewing are available 24 hours i. e. a day prior to Night Viewing. Night viewing starts from 20:30 hrs. to 00.30 hrs. in 8 batches of max. 50 people each. The time duration for each batch is half an hour.
According to Archaeological Survey of India, at Tajmahal, following are the dates in 2011 and 2012 for night time viewing during full moon. Visits can be planned 2 days before and up to two days after these dates every month.
Dates for Night time Viewing of the TajMahal during full Moon :
DATES OF FULL MOON NIGHTS ENTRY
Months 2011 2012
January 19 08
February 17 07
March 19 07
April 17 06
May 16 05
June 15 03
July 14 03
August 13 1/30
September 11 29
October 11 29
November 10 27
December 10 27
TICKETS for night time viewing (In Rupees)
Indian (Adult) 510/-
Indian (Child 3 -15 years) 500/-
Indian (Child below 3 years) 0/-
Foreigner (Adult) 750/-
Foreigner (Child 3 -15 years) 500/-
Foreigner (Child below 3 years) 0/-
Note: Above dates of full moon are based on Astrological calculations which are likely to vary sometimes. Tourists must reach at Shilpgram (near Eastern gate of Taj Mahal) half an hour before the scheduled time mentioned on their tickets for securitycheck. (source : Archaeological Survey of India, ticket window at TajMahal, Agra)
So go ahead ...... and visit this crown of buildings in Agra and try to visualize it in its olden glory. A perfect place to reawaken the endearing spirit of love crossing the boundaries of time.