Taj Mahal is the first name that comes to the mind of anyone when he or she hears about Agra, another paradise for the tourists. It is the land of Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikhri, and many others of the kind and so it remains as one of the top tourist attractions in Uttar Pradesh. Despite the presence of these palaces, forts, temples, etc., Agra is known for Taj Mahal.
Bharat Mata Temple, Durga temple, Ganga Ghats, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Vishwanath Temple, etc. are some of the well known religious centers which have turned out to be renowned tourist destinations. All these temples are in Varanasi, one of the most prominent religious centers in UP.
Taj Mahal, the most prominent and hottest sought after tourist destinations in India, is located at Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It is considered as the symbol of India’s glory and pride as it is the first one to find a place among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Though there are many hot tourist destinations in Agra, none of them are as prominent as Taj Mahal which is visited by thousands of tourists every day. Tourists from all over the world do pay visit to Agra only because this world renowned monument that has conquered their minds with its matchless beauty and architectural perfection.
Taj Mahal is fully built in pure white marbles. Showing his ardent love towards his most favorite queen Mumtaz, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal in the year 1653.
Even after many centuries, the Mughal Emperor’s Love-memento remains as the biggest tourist-puller in Agra, in fact in India as a whole. There will be no chance for a debate over the prominence of this fact.
Brief History of Taj Mahal
The white-marble built magnificent monument was constructed by Shah Jahan in remembrance of his beloved wife Mumtaz. The construction was begun in the year 1648 and was completed after five years in 1653. Now it is one among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Details In A Nut Shell
- Year of construction: 1648
- Year of completion: 1653
- The Mughal emperor who built Taj Mahal: Shah Jahan
- Visiting hours: Sunrise to sunset
- Closed days: Fridays
- Height: 171 m
- Architectural style: Mughal architecture
- Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahouri
- Function: Monument, Mausoleum
- Foreigners: Rs.750
- Tourists from SAARC and BIMESTIC Countries: Rs.510
- Citizens: Rs.20
- Children below 15: Free entrance (no entrance fee)