The iconic Monument of Love, the Taj Mahal, was built between 1631 and 1648 by the emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of this wife, Mumtaj. The meaning of Taj Mahal is the crown palace. The Taj Mahal is also regarded as one of the best-preserved monuments in the world. It is also the best Indian Muslim architecture that one can witness. This monument of love was called a teardrop on the cheek of eternity by the renowned Indian poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. Sir Edwin Arnold, an English poet, described it as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones”.
It is also one of the most photographed places on earth. There are much more than that depicted in the photos. The grounds of the complex include several other buildings. There are reflecting pools and ornamental gardens. There are several beautiful trees and bushes in the garden. The stone work is excellent in the outer layer of the building. There are several stories that revolve round the monument, and among them, the story of an replica of the Taj with black marble is very much prominent. But his plan was not successful as his son killed his three elder brothers and jailed his father. After his death, his body was buried near to his beloved wife, Mumtaj.
The Taj Mahal is open to the public from 06:00 am to 7:30 pm every day except Friday. The entry fee is Rs 250 excluding levy of Rs500 for foreigners and Rs20 for Indians. This place is overcrowded, and that is why the best time is to go there in the early hours when the crowd is less. You can visit the Taj at two different times of the day, early in the morning or in the dusk. The most amazing view is during the full moon when the view is stunning. You can avail tickets from the south gate which opens at 8 am every morning. But is 1 kilometers far from the entrance. You can go to the west gate where the counter opens at 6 am. There are many vendors that sell self-guided audio tours for Rs 100 (English and foreign language). For Indian language, you need to pay Rs 60.
The Taj Mahal is located in the center of the city. There are crowds all the time. There are three gates. The western gate is the main entrance where the tourist can enter. You can also avail the night viewing session during the full moon night. For this, you need to avail the tickets 24 hours back. You can view the stunning view from the red sandstone plaza for 30 minutes. There are mosquitoes, and that is why it is very much advisable to use mosquito repellants. You can also bring a small torch to the interior of the Taj can be very dark. There is also the provision to see the Taj before two days or after two days of the full moon night. For Indians the ticket costs around Rs 500 and Rs 750 for foreign nationals. You can visit from 20:30 to 21:00 and 09:00 to 21:30.