Spotlight on the Taj Mahal

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If you were asked to name the world’s most iconic buildings, odds are the Taj Mahal would be one of the first that comes to mind. It’s difficult to find adjectives that stand up to the task of describing this masterpiece of human invention. “Divine” might be the best word to describe its perfect symmetry, grace and size.

Our Agra guide Shanoo has a deep knowledge of Indian culture, architecture and history. He joins us today to tell us more about the Taj Mahal, and why no one should leave India without seeing it.

A visit to India is incomplete without visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in this world. We say that there are two types of people in the world: first, those who have seen the Taj Mahal, and second, those who have not...So please visit the Taj Mahal, and become one of the lucky ones!

This incredible complex of buildings is a bit of a love story, built by the Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction on the white marble buildings began around 1631 and took just over twenty years to complete. Many thousands of builders, craftspeople and artisans worked on the construction, and the resulting piece of Mughal architecture is regarded by many as the finest in the world. When we think of the Taj, we envision its iconic domed silhouette with stately minarets, but the details we can see up close are almost more impressive: exquisite inlays of precious and semi-precious stones, marble lattice work of startling precision and painstakingly symmetrical walled gardens.

Mughal architecture combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. But it’s not just the precision and grandeur of the architecture that makes this place one of the wonders of the world. It’s the feelings it evokes in all who see it: feelings of energy, of magic, of tranquility and a deep sense of spirituality.

Some people say the Taj Mahal was built with the help of angels. This means it comes from God, and what comes from God goes straight to the heart and produces harmony; this is what the Taj Mahal does for all who come here.

The Taj Mahal is a story and Shanoo is a born storyteller. Join him to discover the real truth, and the many stories behind the Taj Mahal. You can contact Shanoo through his ToursByLocals guide profile.
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