The Taj Mahal is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The reason behind this is more than just its brilliant work of art. It is the history that adds a soul to this epitome. A soul, filled with love and memories. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was head over heels in love with his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to their fourteen child. It was in her memory, that he made the marvellous epitome that we witness today as the “TAJ MAHAL”. The Taj Mahal was also then made the mausoleum for both Mumtaz Mahal as well as Shah Jahan. The name of this mausoleum was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife and means ‘Crown Palace’. Stonecutters, masons, dome-builders, painters, calligraphers and other artisans who were the finest in their respective fields were picked up from all over India. Muhammad Hanif was given the task to supervise the artisans. The white marble and the red stones were brought in by a fleet of around 1,000 elephants from all over India and Central Asia. It took almost 22 years to complete this work of fine art.
Any trip to India is incomplete without a visit to Taj Mahal. It is envied by over 2000 tourists from almost every corner of the world. The interior of the mausoleum is quite impressive, but the most part of your visit will be spent admiring the brilliant Mughal architectural work from the outside. You can plan your visit at any time of the day. But it is considered a must to visit Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise or sunset. This is the time when the fine white marble shifts its colour and tone to match the mood of the sun. According to some people, Taj is best witnessed at sunrise when the first rays of the sun kiss the white marbles, while others believe that it is more sensuous during sunset.
The shadows and lights demonstrate its many moods and the transformation is so enchanting that it is worth beholding the gaze in different conditions. The government has now started the night viewing of the Taj Mahal on Full Moon Nights where eight batches of 50 people each are allowed to witness the epitome for a duration of half an hour. The visitors say that the Full Moon heavenly view of the Taj is a one of its kind experience. Mehtab Bagh or the Moonlight Garden is considered as the prime viewing spot for Taj Mahal Tours. This garden complex offers various picture perfect views of the Taj from almost every angle. Shutter bugs from all over the world love to capture different views of Taj Mahal. This epitome of love never fails to impress the visitors with its brilliant architectural work and the history that lives forever in the heart of almost every tourist.