Having got an invitation from a friend of mine to visit his home at Delhi I started one September morning and arrived there in the evening. After a stay of two days there, we proceeded to Agra to see the wonderful Taj. I shall never forget my first sight of Taj Mahal as I looked at it in the light of the full moon.
The Taj stands outside the city of Agra on the bank of the river Yamuna. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum over the grave of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is an everlasting token of the Emperor’s great love for his beloved queen. It cost him about 3 crores of rupees.
It is said that it took 20 years to build and that 20000 workmen were employed on the work. Skillful workman, sculptors, painters, and architects were sent for from all lands. The Taj is one of the wonders of the world and the greatest treasure of the Mughal architecture. It is a great Masterpiece of artistic design.
It was in the evening, just before sunset that I went there. On passing through the entrance the first thing that struck my eyes was a beautiful water-course lined with Cypress trees. The Taj itself lies in the spacious Park. It is surrounded by rows of palm and Cypress trees smooth green lawns fountains with transparent water beds of growing flowers and smooth straight walks. The great tomb stands on a huge platform made of white marble. At each corner of the platform stands tall slender white marble minaret that seems to guard this precious monument like a sentinel.
On approaching it I found that it was very large and stately. The main dome which is about 275 feet high, seems to soar into the blue sky. Besides the main dome, there are two other domes one on each side. The walls of the domes are decorated with precious stones of various colors. The pretty screens of the carved marble add to its fairy-like beauty. Below, it is the Hall of Death where the loving hearts lie side by side.
But the beauty of the Taj becomes 100-fold when it is seen in the light of the full moon. It looks like a building of pearls or a palace made of silver. It is, in fact, the greatest wonder of the world.