The entire country of India holds a fascination no matter what part you are traveling. Each region is vastly different. Agra is no exception. It is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttah Pradesh and the home of the Taj Mahal.
This magnum opus sings songs of adornment and is known as the monument of love. The marble masterpiece was constructed as a tomb for Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved empress and adored wife of Shan Jahan. This building is sheer poetry. It was started in AD 1631 and took 17 years and 20,000 men employed daily to complete the work of art.
The material was brought in from all over India and Asia. It took a fleet of 1,000 elephants to get it to the construction site. The gardens were strategically placed in the front of the building so that the background of the monument would solely be the sky. As the sky takes on different appearances so does the Taj. The Makrana marble used inhales subtle variations of tint and tone according to the changes of light. The Taj Mahal is a new experience depending on what time of day or night you visit.
Agra is easily accessible from Delhi or Jaipur. It has its own domestic airport and is well connected by a network of trains to almost all major destinations through out India. From the Nashville BNA International airport
there are numerous airlines available to take you to this destination.
It is always more economical to plan your travels yourself. The best way to accomplish this is to acquire a travel guide
. However, many local travel agents
can assist in planning your itinerary. Simply make them aware of your budget and most will do their best to accommodate. There is a entry fee
to visit the site. Planning ahead is always the best way to save money in order for the average traveler to get the most bang for their buck and eliminate any surprises.
India has a lot more to offer than the Taj Mahal alone. It may be in your best interest to plan numerous stops when discovering this mystical country. When traveling abroad make sure you are prepared with a passport and any visa
or documentation you may need prior to entering another country.
The Taj Mahal is worth the effort. This testimony to love is perfection at its finest. It certainly has earned its status as one of the Seven Wonders of the World
. A photograph can not do it justice. It is a monument that must be seen by your own eyes.
For more info: for questions or comments you can contact Rebecca Hosking. To read about other destinations in the Seven Wonders of the World series please visit Rebecca's page. If you would like to subscribe to Rebecca's page please visit her at the Examiner.
all the photos used were taken by Rebecca Hosking. all rights reserved. © 1998