Taj Mahal is a pride of India.
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is a pride of India. Whenever people come to Delhi, whether they are foreigners or locals, they make it a point to visit this ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, just a few hours away from the national capital. The monument is located on the south bank of River Yamuna. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal constructed in 1632 for the tomb of his third and favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan’s tomb is also housed inside the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal literally translates into “crown of palaces” and the monument is considered to be the jewel of Islamic art. This marble beauty is built with the combined architectures from the Mughal Empire including Islamic, Persian, Ottoman, Turkish and Indian. Here, we have listed some interesting facts about this incredible monument:
- It took the hard work of 22,000 laborers, painters, stonecutters and embroidery artists to build the Taj Mahal.
- It is believed that Shah Jahan had plans of building a second Taj Mahal in black marble. However, he couldn’t get through with it because a war broke out with his sons.
- The mausoleum amazingly displays the changing moods of Mumtaz Mahal through the changing hues at various times of the day. The monument has a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night, due to the moonlight.
- The detailed embroidery and incredible architecture took 17 years to finish the monument.
- The white dome which is seen at the peak of the mausoleum is also known as the ‘onion dome’. The height of this central dome is 35 meters (115 feet). Four other, smaller domes surround the Taj Mahal.
- Over a million tourists visit the monument every year, which has made it a part of India’s identity.
- There is also a popular rumor about the Taj Mahal. According to the rumor, Shah Jahan had ordered to cut the hands of all the workers who built the mausoleum so that the beauty of the monument could not be replicated.