Elpis Chrysovergis

Elpis Chrysovergis

Jan 31 2012

Taj Mahal: The monument of Love!

 By Elpis

”Thrilling… Sumptuous… Exotic… Ravishing… with astonishing detail…” says the Sunday Times and these are the words that could best describe that splendid indian monument.

The Taj Mahal is a white Marble mausoleum located in a historical city of India, Agra. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it was and still is one of the universally most admired masterpieces. Actually, the Taj Mahal is an integrated complex of many structures and its construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.

Although I don’t want to insist on the historical details, it is really worthwhile for someone to read more about the inspiration, architecture and decoration of this marvelous monument with its impressive gardens.
Regarding tourism, the Taj Mahal attracts between 2 million and 4 million visitors annually, including more than 200,000 from overseas. A dual- pricing system is in place, with a significantly lower entrance fee for Indian citizens than for foreigners.
At that point, I would like to mention that taking photos of people in India is great fun and they are often very curious about you. You are as exotic and different to many of them as they are to us. Many Indians are overwhelmed by the presence of  white westerners and like to talk, take pictures and shake hands with them. So, we made so many photos with Indian families as below!
You can feel the secret aura of ‘’the ultimate monument of love’’ when you go through the big gate and you suddenly see the majestic  Taj Mahal right in front of you! Words cannot describe what the eye can see!

Check out more photos from India here

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