The Mystery of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World is situated in Agra. It was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Arjumand Bano Begum who is popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal. It is occupies the pride place in Islamic Architecture of the country. It was completed in the year 1653 with the estimated cost of 32.8 million rupees which in today’s time would be around 1.5 billion dollars. However many financial say it is very difficult to quote the exact value because it might run into trillions of dollars given its historical reverence

The construction group of around 20,000 laborers was led by the team of architects who were led by the main architects Us tad Ahmed Lahori and Us tad Isa Khan Afandi who was from Central Asia. It attracts around 3 million visitors an year. There is a popular saying that whoever who visits Agra and doesn’t see Taj has seen none. Chiranjilal of Delhi was the chief sculptor and the one who designed the mosaics. Qazim Khan of Lahore did the gold paneling of the Taj Mahal. Mohammed Hanif was the mason’s supervisor.

There are many myths and mysteries which surrounds the Taj Mahal. There was a myth that Shah Jahan mutilated the hands of 20000 laborers. But it has been wrongly interpreted, because Shah Jahan paid them so much that they don’t had to work for coming generations. Then there was an another myth that after construction of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan wanted to construct his own tomb where he could led to rest after his death. The tomb would be parallel to his begum’s tomb. He had ordered the construction of Black Taj Mahal but its construction was stopped midway by Aurangzeb who ordered it to be stopped citing financial deflict in the imperial treasury and imprisoned Shah Jahan at Musalman Burj of the Agra Fort. This tale has found its mention in the memoirs of the writing of  Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a travelers’ from Europe   who visited Agra in the year 1665. However no concrete evidence regarding the existence of this black Taj Mahal has been found, but the ruins at moonlight garden which is also called as Mehtab Bagh certainly refers to this myth. There was a joke that Lord William Bentick, the first British Governor General of India (Warren Hasting was the first Governor General of Bengal) reportedly had plans to demolish the Taj Mahal and auction off its marbles.

Places in Agra

Jahangir Mahal

Jahangir’s Palace or the Jahangir Mahal is amongst the most stunning treasures inside the grand Agra Fort. The palace was meant specifically for relaxation of the royal women.  The Janahngir Mahal was predominantly used by the Rajput wives of Emperor Akbar. Acting as a magnificent gateway to some of the most beautiful sights in the fort the palace represents an Indo Islamic style of architecture. The walls and gateways are embedded with elaborate and beautiful carvings of various motifs that represent Rajasthani style of architecture while the verandahs with beautifully slender pillars which face the riverfront beautifully decorated with gold and gems are an example of the Islamic style of art. The Jahangir Mahal is a must visit even if you are on a one day Agra tour

Seesh Mahal and Khas Mahal

Situated right in front of each other are the two most elaborate pieces of Mughal architecture, which were constructed by Jahangir and Shahjahan are Seesh Mahal and Khas Mahal, a must recommendation by any tour guide in Agra. Built with white marble, as the trend was in those days, these two palaces are great examples of the famous jali work and stone work. The Khas Mahal overlooking the famous Angoori Bagh and the Seesh Mahal overlooking the riverfront are a must visit. On either side are the residential quarters for the women.

Panch Mahal

Featuring next on the list of palaces in Agra is the famous Panch Maha.  The Panch Mahal is a five-floored pillared pavilion a beautiful example of Persian architecture.  Each floor has multiple pillars which are beautifully carved and designed in a special way to eliminate heat and keep the compound airy.  The pillars contain beautiful carved designs like floral vase, rosette patterns. The top of the monument is beautifully decorated with stunning square chhatri. this beautiful Palace can be visited on a same day of Agra tour as many others.

Kanch Mahal

Kanch Mahal is yet another beautiful Mughal creation, situated close to emperor Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra., originally, this palace was used as a Mahal or as the royal  resort for the royal ladies. During the reign of Emperor Jahangir, the monument later served as the royal shikargah or the Hunting Lodge. Built somewhere between 1605 and 1619, the monument is currently in ruins and is currently being managed by the Department of Archaeology. The palace is made up of two floors, which has a grand central hall that is roofed beautifully. Each corner of the palace has four square rooms. The main hall of the palace has octagonal double pillars.

Maryamuzzamani Palace

Fatehpur Sikri, houses some of the most beautiful treasures of the Mughal architecture. one of such treasures is the, Maryamuzzamani Palace. Located in the stunning fort complex of the famous Fatehpur Sikri the Maryamuzzamani Palace is yet another beautiful palace in the Agra region.. The palace was named after the queen Maryamuzzani, she was a Goan and the wife of Emperor Akbar and mother of Emperor Jehangir. The palace has  been the core of Mughal Power and dominance. The palace is beautifully and artistically made with some of the most mesmerizing features of architecture and is now a major tourist destination making it a must visit on an Agra private tour.

India’s Golden Triangle

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

INDIA – known for its agriculture as well as for the nations affluent culture and heritage. So if you guys are planning a heritage tour in India The Golden Triangle Tour is a must in your checklist. Indian’s Golden Triangle covering the country capital which also happens to be the starting and ending point of the tour Delhi, the home town of  the world’s eighth wonder Agra and the pink city Jaipur. The whole route needs 5 to 6 days to cover. The distance is about 100kms. One can cover the triangle by road which requires about 4 to 5 hours of drive to each city or there r various options on rail also. This trip is very popular among the foreign tourists also and every year hundreds of tourists visit these cities.

Although the Golden Triangle has become quite famous but  let’s have a look at the Golden Triangle tour from Delhi.

When talking of Golden Triangle we have the country Delhi at first. This one makes the northern corner of the triangle. History says that this was the capital of the Pandavas in Mahabharata, Indraprastha. Not only the country’s political center the city has some fascinating heritage site. The Jam Masjid, Jantar- Mantar, Laxmi  Narayan Temple, Kutub Minar, The India Gate, Bahai Temple, Humayun’s Tomb,  The Lotus Temple, Akshardham  are only to name a few.  And not to forget it is the hometown of The Red Fort. Founded by Emperor Shah Jahan the fort  is located at the centre of Delhi and was the the residence of Mughal Emperor for more than 100 years.  The city is roughly divided into two sections – the Old Delhi and the New Delhi. What will amaze you the most is the perfect blend of old world charm in places like Chandni Chowk and striking malls, high rise towards it’s south. And man you get some awesome  delicious foods there!

Next we come to the city which covers the eastern corner of the Delhi – Agra – Rajasthan tour. The city s situated on the banks of the holy river Yamuna, northern part of Uttar Pradesh was founded by Sultan Sikhandar Lodi. Although known for the legendary Taj Mahal, city has many notable heritage site like the Agra Fort founded by Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, etc. The Taj Mahal  lies to the southern bank of Yamuna it is a masterpiece created by on earth.. Emperor Shah made this beauty in the memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to built the Taj. Agra is often referred to as the “city of taj”.

Lastly it is time for the pink city and the capital of Rajasthan- Jaipur. Commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Sing II of Amer  in 1727. This city is known for its beautiful gardens, splendid monuments and grand royal hotels. It is the first well – planned city of India. the city has a very traditional touch to it and the roads literally speaks royalty. The Hawa Mahal,  Jantar – Mantar, Amber Fort are few of the attractions of the city. and yes don not miss the camel ride and Dal Baati Churma !

India’s Golden Triangle- All Things That You Need To Know About Golden Triangle

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

INDIA – known for its agriculture as well as for the nations affluent culture and heritage. So if you guys are planning a heritage tour in India The Golden Triangle Tour is a must in your checklist. Indian’s Golden Triangle covering the country capital which also happens to be the starting and ending point of the tour Delhi, the home town of  the world’s eighth wonder Agra and the pink city Jaipur. The whole route needs 5 to 6 days to cover. The distance is about 100kms. One can cover the triangle by road which requires about 4 to 5 hours of drive to each city or there r various options on rail also. This trip is very popular among the foreign tourists also and every year hundreds of tourists visit these cities.

Although the Golden Triangle has become quite famous but  let’s have a look at the Golden Triangle tour from Delhi.

When talking of Golden Triangle we have the country Delhi at first. This one makes the northern corner of the triangle. History says that this was the capital of the Pandavas in Mahabharata, Indraprastha. Not only the country’s political center the city has some fascinating heritage site. The Jam Masjid, Jantar- Mantar, Laxmi  Narayan Temple, Kutub Minar, The India Gate, Bahai Temple, Humayun’s Tomb,  The Lotus Temple, Akshardham  are only to name a few.  And not to forget it is the hometown of The Red Fort. Founded by Emperor Shah Jahan the fort  is located at the centre of Delhi and was the the residence of Mughal Emperor for more than 100 years.  The city is roughly divided into two sections – the Old Delhi and the New Delhi. What will amaze you the most is the perfect blend of old world charm in places like Chandni Chowk and striking malls, high rise towards it’s south. And man you get some awesome  delicious foods there!

Next we come to the city which covers the eastern corner of the Delhi – Agra – Rajasthan tour. The city s situated on the banks of the holy river Yamuna, northern part of Uttar Pradesh was founded by Sultan Sikhandar Lodi. Although known for the legendary Taj Mahal, city has many notable heritage site like the Agra Fort founded by Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, etc. The Taj Mahal  lies to the southern bank of Yamuna it is a masterpiece created by on earth.. Emperor Shah made this beauty in the memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to built the Taj. Agra is often referred to as the “city of taj”

Lastly it is time for the pink city and the capital of Rajasthan- Jaipur. Commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Sing II of Amer  in 1727. This city is known for its beautiful gardens, splendid monuments and grand royal hotels. It is the first well – planned city of India. the city has a very traditional touch to it and the roads literally speaks royalty. The Hawa Mahal,  Jantar – Mantar, Amber Fort are few of the attractions of the city. and yes don not miss the camel ride and Dal Baati Churma !

Golden Triangle Weather

When talking about travelling climate of a place is a very important factor for all of us. A perfect vacation largely depends on the climate of the place as bad climate is sure to give you a awful holiday. Thinking about the climate of Golden Triangle for making plans in coming holidays? Here we come with a complete detail about the weather of Golden Triangle. Go on, make your plans accordingly !

JAIPUR

The city of palace of India lies in the Western frontier of the country. Having a semiarid climate the city mostly receives rainfall between June and September. Temperature is quite high most of the specially in the months of April and May with temperatures rising above 35 degree Celsius. However, the winters are pleasurable ( November to February) with cold waves and breeze. The city experiences rainfall in the months of August and September followed by a lovely weather in the month of October and November. With little or no humidity the winters experience a freezing temperature. Typically desert climate the days are hot in Jaipur and nights are cooler.

DELHI

Delhi welcomes summer early with temperatures rising from early April and lasting till late of June with extreme heat, little or no humidity and a over- heated sun.  The summers can get really uncomfortable in Delhi with temperature rising above 40 degrees so it is best to avoid the visit during this time. Although from mid June humidity rises a bit with a slight drop of heat and thunderstorms. Summer flowers like Gulmohar, Shireesh and Bouganvellia are quite famous in Delhi. Winters in Delhi are also very rough because of its subtropical climate. Early winters have a steady temperature between 20 to 10 degrees but in the late winters that is in the months of January it can fall to single digits. Having a relatively dry weather for most of the time in the year springs in February and first half of March are very comfortable and pleasing.

AGRA

Like most of the cities in the Northern part of India Agra also has a typical tropical climate with January being the coldest and May being the hottest months of the year. Temperatures suddenly rise beyond 45 degree Celsius.  Summers are really long in Agra from May to September with a high level of humidity. The monsoons can get real uncomfortable in the city. the city experiences post – monsoon rainfall during the month of October. Winter begins from December with temperature falling upto 6 degrees in January. Agra sometimes experience winter showers also making the degrees drop to further limits.

P.S – Here is a little tip for your vacation to the Golden Triangle of India! According to us the best time to visit Golden Triangle is from October to November if you intend to love Autumns and if Spring is your thing February and March is the time. The ambiance is cool with easy – breezy nights and lovely warm sunny days. So pack your bags!

Golden Triangle- Discover The Three Jewels Of North India

If your mind and soul craves for culture, heritage and grandeur then a visit to India’s Golden Triangle will surely serve your need. India’s Golden triangle basically is comprised of three most iconic cities of India- country capital Delhi, heart and soul of Mughal Empire Agra and the “Pink” city of India Jaipur. The three cities cities are very well connected by road, rail and air and trust me you will find some luxurious hotels around the corner to make your trip a memorable one. The whole tour needs about 5 to 6 days to complete. So if you are planning for a short trip let us give you the details of these three charms of India.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Most of the tours start with Delhi – the capital city of India. Legends say the city is nearly 5,000 years old with its mention in the mythologies as the city of Indraprastha in the epic tale of Mahabharata. The city has been given many names and according to history what we see today has been built by  Sir Edwin Lutyens. Therefore city is has a mixed up culture of with people from different community and culture with old Delhi comprising of the British and Mughal period whereas New Delhi pictures skyrise, hotels, shopping malls etc. Here we give you few places you need to visit once at the city. The Red Fort is one of the pride of the city. Build by Mughal Emperor  Shah Jahan this fort stands tall with all its glory.  The Red Fort was the capital of Shah Jahan then  known as Shahjahanabad. Purely made of sandstone from 1639 to 1648. Few noted buildings are Diwan-i-khas, diwani-i-am, Chatta Chowk, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal etc.We have the Humayun’s tomb  often called the archetype of Agra’s Taj Mahal made of red sandstone. In the centre you will get the tomb of Humayun, the second Emperor from the Mughal legacy. The well maintained gardens gives a soothing effect to the eyes. The Qutub Minar contstructed by Qutb-ud-din Aybak was the tallest building from 1193 to 1368. Other than these we have the famous Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Jantar Mantar and the list is never endind one.

The second corner of the tour is towards the east also known as the heart of the Mughal Empire – Agra. It was the Mughal capital during the rule of Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. This city is largely predominated by Muslim sculpture and monuments. The Taj Mahal – recognised as the eighth wonders of the world lies on the southern bank of Yamuna river. Agra is often identified as the “city of Taj”. This paradise was built by Shah Jahan for the love of his beautiful wife Mumtaz. The Taj portrays the symbol of immense love and respect. It is even said that Shah Jahan gazed at it during his last eight years when he was a captive of his son Aurangzeb in the Agra Fort. Next what holds our attention is the Agra Fort built by Akbar in 1565 and Fatehpur Sikri about 35 kms from Agra. Jama Masjid, Akbar’s tomb,  Mankameshwar Temple etc.

Known as India’s first planned city Jaipur is named after Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amer. Apart from being a corner of the Golden Triangle tour  the city also serves the stepping destination for the tourish travelling towards Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and rest of Rajasthan. The city is famous for its beautifully decorated gardens, royal hotels and well structured buildings. few of the attractions are the City Palace, Hawa Mahal ( women extension) – the city palace nearly holds one seventh of the city’s area and also the Jal Mahal situated in Manas Sarobar lake. And girl Jaipur is the home for some amazing bazaars for ethnic jewellery, clothes, show – pieces, handicrafts etc. But remember there is nothing called fixed prize Jaipur so do not forget to bargain !

Famous Tourist Places In Agra

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

The beautiful Taj Mahal which is considered to be the epitome of love, is a must visit and would be first in the list of any tour guide in Agra or if you are on an Agra private tour. With a grand history dating back to 1630 AD it is the tomb housing the body of the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal. Built out of marble which took 22 years and around 20, 000 workers to build this monument, which continues to inspire poets and lovers throughout the world. Recognized as one of the wonders of the world, historians across the globe define it as the monument whose architectural beauty has not been surpassed by any other. On a full moon night, it offers a view so stunning, like a scene emerging from a fairytale and leaves you enchanted. As soon as you enter Agra, same day taj mahal tour is a must. One can always opt for taking a tour guide to taj mahal or a Taj Mahal private tour too.

Agra Fort

Now a World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort is undoubtedly amongst the most spectacular Mughal forts in India and has a long history making it a must visit in any Agra private tour or a one day Agra tour. Originally what was a brick fort held by a clan of Rajputs, Shah Jahan transformed the Fort into a palace, was imprisoned there. The fort also witnessed the Indian Rebellion of 1857. A stronghold of the Mughals, the fort is beautifully embellished with a number of magnificent buildings showcasing the Mughal style of art and architecture. These gems include mosques, audience halls, towers, and beautiful courtyards. The evening light and sound show recreating the Fort’s history should not be missed, even if you are on a one day Agra tour and should be on a must to do list when on an Agra private tour.

Chini Ka Rauza

Chini ka Rauza is a funerary monument dedicated to Mulla Shukrullah Shirazi, who was a renowned poet, with the pseudonym of ‘Allami’. Every corner of this unique monument is beautifully decorated with bright color schemes, which is known as ‘Chini ka Rauza’. The facade of the monument is famous as one of finest examples of glazed tile work.

Guru ki taal

Guru ka Tal is a historical Sikh pilgrimage destination dedicated to the ninth Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahudar. Gurudwara is built at the same where the Guru offered voluntary arrest to Aurangazeb. The reservoir is beautifully decorated with stone carvings and it is said to be the same place where the Guru laid down his arms to offer arrest. From the initial twelve towers only a mere eight towers stand even now and have been retrieved. The red stone structure is as stunning as other magnificent structures of the Mughals in Agra.

Panch Mahal, Fatehpur

Panch Mahal is a five-floored pillared pavilion a beautiful example of Persian architecture.  Each floor has multiple pillars which are beautifully carved and designed in a special way to eliminate heat and keep the compound airy.  The pillars contain beautiful carved designs like floral vase, rosette patterns. The top of the monument is beautifully decorated with stunning square chhatri.

Moti Masjid

The Moti Masjid was built by Shah Jahan. Moti Masjid earned its name of Pearl Mosque as it shines like a beautiful lustrous pearl and it took four years to complete the construction. It is believed that this mosque was constructed by the emperor for the members of his royal court. The rich architecture of the masjid, reflects the quality of craftsmanship of the artisans of India.

Fatehpur Sikri

Agra and its adjoining areas house some of the finest and best examples of Mughal architecture. One of such gems is, Fatehpur Sikri, a grand example of Mughal planning and architecture and a very important tourist attraction in any Agra guided tour. It provides us with details of Mughal architecture, system of administration and social structure. Today it is a world heritage site, a historian’s delight and must visit destination for all travelers visiting the city. Built completely of red sandstone, and the earliest planned cities in the world, main attractions here include, Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid,  Naubat Khana, Diwan-i-Am and Khas, Birbal’s house, Char Chaman Tank, Salim Chisti’s tomb and many others,. one can explore these beauties  same day on an Agra tour

Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb

Just because it’s small in size doesn’t mean you should neglect it, the first mausoleum to be constructed entirely of marble, is the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. The mausoleum overlooks the Yamuna and is Mir Ghiyas Beg’s Tomb, who was a minister in the royal court of emperor Shah Jahan. The story of the tomb may not be as enchanting as that of the Taj, but the engravings, gilding, mosaics are no less spectacular. It is a little gem. Boasting picturesque setting and very few tourists, visit it on same day on Agra tour as you visit the Taj as Itmad- ud – Daulah’s Tomb is one of the most important influences behind the Taj Mahal.  It is open from sunrise to sunset every day. To appreciate its beauty visit it on same day Taj Mahal tour.

Mankeshwar Mandir

Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra is amongst one of the most ancient temples devoted to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the shivlinga was founded by Lord Shiva during Dwapara era. Located in a narrow lane area, surrounded by sweet shops, it is one of the most respected and frequently visited temples in Agra. Lots of diyas are lightened up here by the devotees. The temple here not only features a Shivlinga , which is covered with a  It also has the idol of Shiva Parviti.

Tomb of Mariam – uz –  zaman

Mariam’s Tomb is the tomb of Marium-uz-Zamani Begum. The Tomb, is a large sandstone structure with very beautiful and intricate carvings, which covers its outer walls. Distinct from the other Mughal monuments, the tomb lacks the typical dome rather a large chhatri tops the corners of the monument. The architecture is a wonderful blend of Islamic and Hindu styles. The interiors of the tomb consist of crisscrossing corridors and Mariam’s grave lies in a vault just below the surface of the tomb.

Tomb of Akbar the great

The Tomb of Akbar The Great in Sikandara may not be as magnificent as Taj Mahal , but is a worth visiting gem of Mughal Architecture. A large gateway of carved stones welcomes you, which opens into a garden, at the end of which is the building which houses the cenotaph of Akbar the Great. The main mausoleum is beautifully and intricately carved, red sandstone building, the upper chamber of which is made of white marble. The interior of the tomb, are rich and beautifully ornamented with intricate calligraphy and carvings, dominated by blue and gold. There are smaller chambers around the central chamber housing the tomb of the two daughters of Akbar and his son. The tomb of the Akbar is a surprising gem in Agra, just like the tomb of Etmad-Ud-Daula.

VISIT TO TAJ MAHAL

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

It’s not at all surprising to why Taj Mahal is a part of the seven wonders of the world.  It is irreplaceable and an intense creation of love. A labour force of twenty thousand workers was recruited across northern India. Sculptors from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India, stonecutters from Baluchistan, a specialist in building turrets, another who carved only marble flowers were part of the thirty-seven men who formed the creative unit. It has been called the most beautiful temple in the world, despite the fact that it was built at the cost of much human life. The Taj Mahal is a real monument of one man’s love for a woman. To really do the Taj Mahal justice, you should plan to spend at least a full day in the grounds, to see this stunning piece of architecture at dawn, midday, and at dusk. The colours and atmosphere of the gardens and the Taj itself constantly change throughout the day. Under moonlight the marble glows. So, A one day tour to Agra definitely desires a glance at this amazing monument!

MANSINGH PALACE IN AGRA

Providing an enthralling view of the magnanimous “Taj Mahal” , ManSingh Palace outshines the other hotels. It gives its guest the most comfortable and relaxing stay in the city. There are around 100 rooms in the palace which showcase the exquisite and classy interiors.  Also offered to the visitors is the multi cuisine restaurant and dining options, bar, health club, swimming pools, banquet and conference halls and an open area for pool parties and get together. A trip is imcomplete if you don’t live luxuriously and especially when you are planning a same day trip to agra and taj mahal! So, don’t keep thinking and book the rooms when you plan your next walk out!

TAJ MAHAL VISIT

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Agra is a city steeped in history known for the beautification of  Taj Mahal – the epitome of intense love and craftsmanship.  Taj Mahal is a monument of immeasurable beauty. Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the monument is synonymous with love and romance. The name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal and it means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble and the extravagant ornamentation, valuable gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make Taj Mahal travel gain a place amongst the most popular ones.  There are two red sandstone The Taj Mahal is a year-round attraction and often busy, though new ticketing systems have thinned crowds at peak times. buildings adding prettiness to the structure,flanking  the main mausoleum on either side. Viewing the building at rose dawn’s time will make you sing melodies of its enchanting transformation and magic it glitters! The Taj Mahal has been built using royal deigns by the ideas of artisans. Lots of decorative grasses and trees enhance its beauty and fragrance of the environment. Beautiful fountains set up in the middle of the cemented footpath in front of the Taj Mahal building is breathtaking, serving as a grand entrance to the monument. So one day trip to Agra and same day trip to Taj Mahal will make up for your entire busy weeks. Fun shall be around the corner.