Taj Mahal is a respected name which brought instant recognition to Indian architecture from the world over. A brainchild of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is often tagged as an immortal identity of India. This awe inspiring monument was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1648, as a tribute to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The construction of this amazing monument itself is a glorious tale of creation. It is believed that Taj Mahal is a result of toil and sweat of thousands of workers from several countries stretched over 17 years. Built completely of exquisite white Makrana marble and intricately designed, it is more than an emperor’s achievement or a nation’s pride.
This monument aimed at immortalizing the king’s love for his queen and the sentient emotion that can still be felt after 500 years of its journey. After defeating his brothers and acquiring the throne of power in 1628, Shah Jahan gave his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano a title called Taj Mahal, which means ‘Jewel of the Palace’. In 1631, Shah Jahan went to a journey to the South. As a royal entourage, Mumtaz Mahal too accompanied the Emperor. Unfortunately, she died during the childbirth at Burhanpur.
After her death, the Emperor was shattered and heartbroken. He went into mourning for two years, during which no royal celebration took place in the court as a sign of remembrance of the Queen. During this phase, the Emperor decided to immortalize his love as an expression in the form of an architectural memorial. The Emperor chose the site so that he could monitor the monument from Agra Fort, his royal headquarters. He conceptualized the mausoleum to be the place where guilty could seek asylum and become sin-free. May be he was guilty for taking his Queen for royal tour and as a sign of redemption, he chose to build the monument.
Over the centuries, this monument has carved a special place in the hearts and souls of many travelers. Such is the glory of Taj Mahal that invites mostly all of the tourists, to visit this monument once in their lifetime. Its great architecture, tragic back-story, magnificent grandeur and purity form the important elements why many travelers visit this grand monument of India.
Its close proximity to Delhi (200 km) also makes it easily accessible from all major Indian cities. Tourists can explore the immaculate beauty of Taj Mahal through the distinct tour options from Incredible India Tour. Taj Mahal Short Tour is one such tour centering towards unfurling the treasures of Taj Mahal along with exploring the Mughal heritage city Agra and its architectural gems of Agra Fort, Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri.
If tourists need a long term tour option, they can choose from a wide variety of Golden Triangle Tours centering towards exploring three heritage cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Taj Mahal is said to be a link between the beauty and spirituality. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this monument is said to be an evergreen tourist attraction and is a popular spot for tourists or first timers to India.
Many of the unique Taj Mahal Tour Packages are enlisted below.