India is known around the world for two things, its diversity and the magnificent Taj Mahal. One of the wonders of the world, it is an epic expression of love of a Mughal Emperor for his wife. For the uninitiated, Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, built it in the memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to his 14th child. The Emperor’s love and passion resulted in a beautiful mausoleum that houses tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan next to each other. Taj Mahal Tour Package India is as popular as the Taj Mahal itself with the tourists.
From the south gate, the inner compound can be accessed through Redstone gateway which is on the south side of the forecourt, inscribed with Quran verses. Inside, the ornamental gardens are set out along Mughal charbagh lines with a central marble plinth. Taj stands elegantly on a raised platform with four symmetrical minarets at each end of the square platform. According to the archeologist, the structure of Taj is earthquake resistant and in fact, the minarets are slightly tilted outside so that they fall away from the Taj in the event of an earthquake.
The beauty of the Taj is something to be experienced and inexplicable in words. The glistening white marble is unbelievably exquisite and amplifies the beauty of the Taj structure inside and out. The other main attractions inside the Taj complex are Mughal Garden, The Great Gate and a Mosque. Though the Taj Mahal is the main attraction, there are other monuments worth watching which are no less a wonder. The Red Fort of Agra is situated near the gardens of the Taj Mahal. It houses many palaces, two mosques and audience halls. Here Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son and he spent his last days gazing the Taj Mahal. It is a proof of Mughals’ unmatched architectural brilliance and a treat for your eyes.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah, a mausoleum dedicated to Mirza Ghiyas, is located in Agra city and often described as the ‘Baby Taj’ for it was built of complete white marble just as the Taj Mahal. Mirza Ghiyas was conferred with Itmad-Ud-Daulah title which means pillar of the state. It is another example of excellent Mughal architecture with a Persian touch.
Fatehpur Sikri is a city in Agra region and it’s made of red sandstone. It was built by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Buland Darwaza, Birbal’s House and Jama Masjid are located inside this city. So this makes for a perfect package for visitors to enjoy. The entire city, along with important buildings, has found its place under World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.
Wildlife SOS is a Bear Rescue Facility, 16 Kms from Agra city. It is situated inside Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and is perfect for people who care about Mother Nature and its precious resources.