Saturday, December 11, 2010

This is a photo I have taken of a tower of the Taj Mahal on a previous trip. I have manipulated it, and applied some textures. Us crocs will visit the Taj Mahal in Agra again. Agra is a very dirty town, and you can actually see what you breathe in! That is why I thought the texture I put on the image is apt!

Please make a note: Never change your camera lens in Agra, your sensor will get very dirty.

But the Taj makes up for this. See how expensive they make it for foreigners!
Year of Construction: 1631
Completed In: 1653
Time Taken: 22 years
Built By: Shah Jahan
Dedicated to: Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum), the wife of Shah Jahan
Location: Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Building Type: Islamic tomb
Architecture: Islamic
Cost of Construction: 32 crore rupees
Number of workers: 20,000
Highlights: One of the Seven Wonders of the World
A UNESCO World Heritage site
Timings: 6:00 am to 7:30 pm (Friday closed)
Fee: Rs 970 (Foreigners)
         Rs 20 (Indians, during daytime)
         Rs 110 (Indians, during sunrise and sunset)

Some more Taj Mahal trivia:

  • Before his accession to the throne, Shah Jahan was popularly known as Prince Khurram.
  • Shah Jahan fell in love with the beautiful Arjumand Bano Begum and married her, making her his third wife.
  • Arjumand Bano Begum christened by Shah Jahan as Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "chosen one".
  • Shah Jahan lost Mumtaz Mahal when she got giving birth to their 14h child.
  • It is believed that in her last breath Mumtaz secured a promise from Shah Jahan that he would construct the most beautiful monument in the her memory.
  • For the transportation of the construction materials, more than 1,000 elephants were made use of.
  • As many as 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious stones were used to adorn the Taj with exquisite inlay work. 
Have a great day!