When we think of India, the first thing that comes to mind is Taj Mahal and why not? The beauty and popularity of this magnificent monument which is the very embodiment of love has surpassed all other monuments of the world. A trip to this incredible land is incomplete without a visit to Agra to see this architectural beauty. An "elegy in marble" and expression of a dream, a number of metaphors has been used by different poets and writer to express its beauty and has continuously inspired people to come and soak in the loveliness of it.
Regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal and houses their graves in the lower chamber. For 22 years more than 20,000 workmen worked hard to construct the structure. Skilled artisans who were brought in from as far as Baghdad, Constantinople, and other countries. Designed by three artists, a Persian, an Italian and a Frenchman, it is the finest example of Islamic architecture. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, built entirely of white marble, the captivating beauty of this wonderful monument is incomparable in full moonlight. Even at the dawn and during sunset, this stunning architectural beauty is beyond description. It is said that after being captured by his son Aurangzeb, Shah Jahan spent his days looking from the Jasmine Tower of his prison across the Yamuna to where his beloved Mumtaz lay in her jeweled tomb.
A visit to Taj Mahal might be the highlight of your trip to Agra but this ancient city has lot more to offer. Agra fort, Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra and Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri are some of the other attractions. Agra Fort dominates the center of the city and was built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and later beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir. Learn about the various rulers of Mughal empire who decorated the whole city with unmatched architectural marvels and have immortalized themselves.
So, next time you think about planning a holiday to India, make sure to visit Agra and admire the captivating Taj Mahal which is a must see on you Indian itinerary. Taj Festival, celebrated for ten days in the month of February is also very popular which showcases traditional Indian cultural activities. You can also enjoy variety of exotic Indian dishes as well as camel and elephant rides during this festival season. Get to know about the golden past of India and learn about the various architectural beauties that adorn this land. You can go through the numerous Taj Mahal packages that travel companies offers and find one that is suitable to your needs. Come to India and discover a whole new world that will surprise and impress you.