Taj Mahal-Symbol of Love

Sunday, April 18, 2010

This post does not aim at providing any one with travelling guide for visiting Taj Mahal,this post is aimed at providing the fatcs figures and history about the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal a master piece in Marble and a Symbol of Love, was created by Mugal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Arjumand Bano Begum, popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal who died in A.D 1630.

Below are some of the facts and figures about Taj Mahal

Construction start date:1631 A.D
Construction end date:1648 A.D
Time for Completion:17 Years
Total workers20000
DesignerUstad Ahmad Lahauri
UNESCO World Heritage Site1983
ArchitectureType Islamic
Area of Taj Mahal60 bighas
LocationUtter Pardesh (India)
Highlights One of the Seven Wonders of the World
Timing6.00 A.M to 7.30 P.M (Friday Closed)

Amanat Khan Shirazi was the calligrapher of Taj Mahal,Ismail Khan Afridi of Turkey was the dome maker.
Material for building Taj Mahal was brought from all over India as well from centeral Asia as per the records a feelt of around 1000 elephants was employed for this purpose.
Centeral Tomb of Taj Mahal is around 187 feet in height.
Following material was brought from different regions,28 kinds of rare,precious stones has been used in Taj Mahal

Red Stones:                                   Fatehpur Sikri
Jasper                                           Punjab
Jade and Crystal                            China
Turquoise                                      Tibet
Coal and Cornelian                        Arabia
Diamonds                                      Panna

Main gate of Taj Mahal faces South,it is 151 feet by 117 feet and has height of appox. 100 feets.

Night Viewing of Taj Mahal
One can enjoy night viewing of Taj Mahal for five nights in a month including the full moon night and two days before and after except Friday and month of Ramzan.
Below is the table which summerize the Night View detail.

Night Viewing Timings:                       8.30PM to 12.30A.M
Number od batches                            8 Total per night
Person per batch                                50
Duration                                             Half an hour
Reporting Place                                  Shilpagram complex half an hour in advance of the viewing time
Entry Point                                         Eastern gate only
Video camera                                     Not allowed for night viewing
Booking Office                                   Archaeological Survey of India, Agra Circle, 22 The Mall, Agra
                                                          Uttar Pradesh
Time for Booking                                10.00 A.M to 6.00 P.M (one day in advance of night viewing)
Ticket cancellation                               Same office (up to 1 P.M on the day of viewing)
Cancellation Charges                           25% of the ticket 

Ticket Charges for Full Moon Viewing

Indian (adult)                        510 INR
Foreigner (adult)                   750 INR
Children (Foreigner)             500 INR

ForthComing Full Moon dates
April                         28th
May                          27th
June                          26th
July                           26th
August                      24th
Sepetember              23rd
October                   23rd
November                21st
December                21st

We have tried to present as much as accurate facts and figures with this post if any one of you feel that there is some mistake or correction needed,please feel free to contact us.

This was a general view of the facts and figures about Taj Mahal.In our next post we will try to find facts about the other aspects of Taj Mahal.so stay tuned

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Anonymous,  April 18, 2010 at 4:56 PM  

Is is Taj Mehal or Taj Mahal? I notice that you use both spellings. No matter how it's spelled though, it's one majestic piece of architecture that's worth seeing.

Anonymous,  April 18, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

Beautiful pics.........I have never visited Taj Mahal!!! Yes yes I know.......it's shocking but true. Someday!!!!

Travelling Rants April 18, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

@AJ thanks for the pointer, i have corrected it and yes its worth seeing especially in full moon night

@Neha You should visit it one day its a master piece

Lena April 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

It is actually a lovely place. Looks majestic. I love the pictures :)

Kavya April 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

wow.. very beautiful and informative post.. I have never visited it.. Planned many times, but was succeeded. Hopefully we will be able to see the place by this year end..

Travelling Rants April 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

@Miera Thanks
@Lena:it is actually a beauty
@Kavya: It really a must visit place i hope you will be able to see it by year end

Travelling Rants December 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

@Hotel lux isla ibiza: Thanks and yes this place is indeed a beauty in itself

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