APRIL 15, 2018
We reached Agra at around 11 am on 15th April, 2018. This was the first time, my daughter was visiting the Taj Mahal. I had been to the Taj Mahal twice before. First time with my father and my huband in 1992 and second time with my husband and my sister in 1996. We booked a car for this trip(from Bhiwadi to Agra). The driver took us to the parking lots of the Taj Mahal. From the parking lot we took a battery driven car to reach the gate of the Taj Mahal. At the entrance to Taj Mahal, we had to separate and join seperate lines, one for ladies and one for gents. There is heavy security at the gate of the Taj Mahal.
There is a bench at the entrance of the Taj Mahal. This is a very popular spot for taking photographs. From this spot, one gets a very good shot of the Taj Mahal. We took some snaps here by a professional photographer.
The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is also a UNESCO heritage site. People widely consider it as the most beautiful monument in the world.The Taj Mahal is called as the ‘Symbol of Love’. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his third wife, Mumtaj Mahal, who passed away at the birth time to their 14th child in 1631. After Shahjahan’s death his body was placed beside Mumtaz’s in the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal receives 35,000 to 40,000 visitors on a daily basis, where as on weekdays and holidays the stats rise up to 60,000 to 70,000.
The Taj Mahal was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia. It is believed that over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building material. It took the efforts of 27,000 laborers, painters, embroidery artists and stone cutters to shape the Taj Mahal. The translucent white marble was brought from Markana, Rajasthan, jade and crystal from China. The turquoise was from Tibet and the Lapis Lajuli from Afghanistan, while the sapphire came from Sri Lanka. In all, twenty types of precious and semi precious stones were inlaid into the white marble.(source: Wikipedia).
There are four minarets in the Taj Mahal. The minarets are so made that they will help the Taj Mahal from getting destroyed in case of any earthquake. Photography is prohibited inside the Taj Mahal.
Opening time and ticket prices to the Taj Mahal:
Open every day apart from Friday, from sunrise to sunset
Costs 1,000 Rupees for foreigners, 530 Rupees for SAARC and BIMSTEC countries and 40 Rupees for Indians.But you will enjoy free entry on the morning of Eid or 15th April which is considered to be Mumtaj’s birthday.
We spent there two hours. Then we took a battery driven car to come back to the parking lot where our driver was waiting for us. We had our lunch a nearby restaurant and then came back to Bhiwadi.