The Taj Mahal is also known as Taj in India. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. History says that it took almost twenty years and twenty thousand workers to build it. It is made of a pure white variety of marble specially brought from Rajasthan and Iran and expert architects from France, Italy and other European countries with the chief architect Isha Khan from Iran. Legend also says that the right thumb of Isha was chopped off afterwards so that he could never recreate a similar peace of beauty.
It was completed in 1648 C. E. at a cost of 32 Million Rupees. I, with my family, reached the Taj Mahal in the afternoon. The bright sunrays on the white marble make the Taj very brighter and attractive. As soon as we entered the main gate, there was a beautiful garden with green lawns, Cyprus trees and a fountain in the middle. I have heard from people that there are around 16 wells under the main construction of the Taj Mahal. It is actually build on the bank of the river Jamuna, India’s one of the largest rivers. The Taj was reflected in the water of the Jamuna.
From outside if you look at the Taj, it looks small but when we saw it closely, we could see how large and solid it really was. Standing on the marble steps, we could feel the height touching the sky. Before climbing the steps to the tomb, visitors always remove their shoes as a mark of respect. As we went inside, there was a marble tomb decorated with precious stones. Mumtaz Mahal wanted to be buried in this grave. The real tomb of Mumtaz lies in a small room lower down which one can reach by descending some steps.
The hall was so charming with the most beautiful patterns of marble-works. Everything inside is covered with engravings from the holy Quran. Also there are some floral designs inlaid with attractive stones of various colors. I was feeling amazing looking at the real beauty of the Taj Mahal that I had been hearing from others and seen on TV. It was more precious and beautiful than that. Visitors stay here all day, resting at the garden, visiting the whole place, walking around, reading and meditating. The Taj Mahal has different tone of beauty at different time of the day.
We had chance to see the beauty of the Taj in the bright daylight, at sunset and also in the full moonlight. The beauty of the Taj really acts as a symbol of the love of a king for his wife. We stayed there for hours to see the beauty in the sunset and in the moonlight. One could never imagine how beautiful the Taj would look in the yellow and red rays of the setting sun. It is hard to describe in words. It was an honor and a dream come true kind of feelings to visit the Taj Mahal. This place is unbelievably gorgeous at sunset.
We decided to stay there for a while and waited for the moon to show up. People there were talking about the Taj in full moon. Fortunately, it was a full moon night and we had a chance to see the Taj in the full moonlight. In the moonlight, the Taj looked like it was made of silver and pearls. The white and bright marble in the soft moonlight and the beautifulness of the Taj seemed like a great combination. There were hundreds of people who were waiting to see the place in the moonlight and it felt like a dream world.
Anyone who has visited the Taj in moonlight can definitely describe the beauty of love. And can no longer doubt that the Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you have never visited the Taj Mahal, I would personally suggest everyone to visit it once in the life time, because it is truly a great place and the most beautiful monument in the history of an earth. As I am writing this essay, I felt like I was dreaming about my visit and sure would like to go once again and visit that piece of beauty sometime in future.