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Sunday, April 18, 2010
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|
|Designer||Ustad Ahmad Lahauri|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site||1983|
|Area of Taj Mahal||60 bighas|
|Location||Utter Pardesh (India)|
|Highlights||One of the Seven Wonders of the World|
|Timing||6.00 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
Jade and Crystal China
Coal and Cornelian Arabia
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
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
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
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
“You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
You are responsible for your rose.”
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince)
Sunday, April 4, 2010
October 1st 2009 (Ghangaria)
Again it's a beautiful morning and we woke up around 5.30 A.M.Today. It is a tough day for us, we have to go back to Joshimath after visiting Valley of Flowers.
We left for Valley of Flowers, the most beautiful place in this trip around 6.30 A.M. Valley of Flowers is an Indian National Park.This is now a World Heritage Site. We paid 150 INR for 3 Indians. For persons other than Indians, one needs to pay charges as prescribed for them. Beside this one needs to pay for Movie Camera or professional camera's also.
Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is home of diverse alpine flora
and other beautiful flowers species.
Total track distance from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers is around 3 KM.It took us around 1 hours and 30 minutes to reach at the Valley.
Track from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers was a track fully blessed by nature. Track to the Valley is not a hard or steap track it's a normal one with just few minor steaps. But you will not feel the heat as it is full of breathtaking sceneries.
Track to the valley will be on the side of Pushawati river and snow bounded mountains. On the track one can feel the fragrance of the flowers in the atmosphere.
It's better to take water and any other energy
drinks or medicines as one will not find any source for
Valley of Flowers
We don't have much to write about of Valley of Flowers. According to some indian stories this is the place where Hanuman searched for Sanjivani Booti to cure Lakshman.
In 1931 when Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer lost his way and accidentally reached at valley of Flowers and after seeing the Valley full of flowers named it as we know it now - Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers is open only in summer between June and October. This place is the house of around 80 species of flowers which are being nourished and grown by nature.
Besides being the home of these flowers,Valley of Flowers is home to tahr, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, common langur, bharal, serow, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear and for Birds Himalayan Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Snowcock, Himalayan Monal, Snow Pigeon, Sparrow Hawk.
Valley is really rich of nature, one can feel what nature has in it to offer to us. Show covered mountains on one side. River flowing on the other side really making this place an eye catch.
The total area of Valley of Flowers is around 87.50 km² and it has a really rich flora with over 600 species, some of them are quite rare.
Best time to go to Valley of Flowers is around July and August. At this time one can find all species of flowers and full beauty of Valley.
Since it is home of many wild life animals, it's advisable
to follow the instructions of the Rangers deployed
by the Govt.
This was the last post of this trip, we hope you all enjoyed these posts. Stay tuned for our next post in which we are going to explore some other part of INDIA full of beauty.