Taj Mahal is on the list of all and sundry who happen to visit India and so it occupied a spot in my itinerary as well. Symbolic as it is for love as well as being an architectural marvel it is thronged by scores of people across the globe each year. Built by the emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of her third wife Mumtaz Mahal, The Taj is a memorial which houses her grave. It was unfortunate that Shah Jahan himself could not savor the glimpse of this aesthetically rich building as he was imprisoned soon after its completion by his own son Aurangzeb. He could just manage to fathom a rare sighting of his production from inside the prison environs where he was housed. Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz when he died in the year 1666. It took a 20,000 artisans and more than two decades to build this awe inspiring structure as it stands today. Taj Mahal can be visited any time of the day but is at its best either sunrise or sunset. The noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal as the, “teardrop on the cheek of time”. It acquired the world heritage site status in the year 1983. The white marble eloquent structure can be accessed through ornamental gardens spread on both sides of a watercourse which runs up until the Taj and carries its reflections at various timings during the day. Anyone who is fascinated by India’s architecture and history must plan a trip to this richness in white marble.
Visiting on Friday is allowed only for people offering prayers