Taj Mahal is the epitome of Mughal art and stands as the best recognized creations of the world. Taj Mahal means the Place of the Crown since; Taj implies “Crown” and Mahal imply “palace”. It has been a stirring place for over centuries particularly for painters, poets and musicians, most of which always endeavored to capture its enigmatic magic in words, color and song. Visitors come to witness the Taj Mahal to love since the 17th century.
It is located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the city of Agra. It took twenty-two years (1631-1653) to build this beautiful monument with the orders of Shah Jahan. Twenty thousand labors worked for 17 years and around Rupees 32 crores were spent for constructing the monument. It was built in accordance with the Islamic architecture and is one of the UNESCO world heritage site. It was built in the memory of the wife of Shah Jahan, beautiful Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum). He showered his dearly loved begum with highest titles. She died at the age of 39 years. After her death, Shahjahan became heartbroken and decided to put up a commemorative plaque to his queen in immaculate marbles that would be memorable for the whole world.
It is said that Shah Jahan got the hands of his architects and sculptors cut off in order that they would not be able to build a monument as beautiful and magnificent as the Taj ever again.
Agra has extreme and tropical climate as well. Summers are too hot and the maximum temperature even goes up to 45 degree Celsius, while the winters are cold and foggy. The winter months from October to March is the best time to visit Taj Mahal. You should always try to avoid visiting the Taj Mahal during summer and monsoons.
There are many other significant places in Agra which are loved by many tourists. Any visitor interested in visiting Taj Mahal can easily reach the Taj, since the city is easily reachable via rail, air and road. Delhi, the capital city of India, acts as the main gateway to Agra. You can also find express trains from Delhi that take less than 2 hours to reach Agra. Apart from these, there are customary flights to Agra as well.