Taj Mahal
Agra • Uttar Pradesh • India

From: India Travel Guide The Golden Triangle

See also: Red Fort

Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is one of India's most precious monuments which continues to inspire with its outstanding beauty and is a shining example of Mughal architecture.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also known as one of the Seven Wonders Of The World. The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died soon after giving birth to their 14th child with whom he was deeply in love and who inspired him to create this breathtaking monument in her honour that looks more like a palace than a mausoleum.

Built out of white marble the building contains intricate stone carvings throughout with large archways and balconies, it features a centrally positioned marble dome upon which is a finial that has a moon at the top. A wall that surrounds the mausoleum with a minaret positioned at each corner, adding to the splendor of the building. The interior has intricate carvings throughout and ornate calligraphy on many of the panels, there are also semi precious stones inlaid into several of the panels.

Standing on the banks of the Yamuna River the Taj Mahal sits beautifully in several acres of stunning gardens that are divided into four main parts wand then also split into quarters. Raised walkways lead towards the mausoleum with a reflecting pool that runs down the centre and all around there are neat lawns, flower beds and immaculately placed trees positioned within the garden which draw you enchantingly towards the mausoleum.

Shah Jahan was to spend his last remaining years at the Red Fort where he was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb and kept under house arrest in one of the marble palaces that he himself built called the Musamman Burj, which has a white marble tower and balcony with spectacular views of the Taj Mahal fortunately for the prisoner.

Attraction Location Guide
The Taj Mahal is located in Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.