The Taj Mahal is one of the new seven wonders of the modern world . This exclusive list created in 2007 by public vote, which incorporates the city of Petra in Jordan , the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico , Machu Picchu in Peru , the Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Colosseum of Rome in Italy and the Great Wall in China.
The Taj Mahal is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This building complex is easily accessible from the city of Delhi, about 200 km away, by road and by rail.
When you are in India, travel by train, besides being very affordable, the trains are very punctual and reliable. It is also a recommendation to have an overnight stay in Agra and visit the monument early in the morning because of the light temperature and fewer visitors, thus optimizing the experience.
It is difficult to describe how it feels to see the Taj Mahal for the first time: its perfect symmetry, its impressive dimensions, different shades, changing by time of day, reflection in the canals and graceful shapes make you breathless as you pass through the arc of the access Danwaza. It is said that Taj Mahal is the most photographed building in the world, a fact that it is not surprising since a lot of people are anxious to take a picture of this architecture to immortalize this unforgettable moment.
Built in the seventeenth century with white marble from Rajasthan, precious stones from China, Sri Lanka lapis, turquoise and agate Eugema Tibet, it took 20,000 workers and 20 years of work to finish this masterpiece of Mughal architecture, which also combines elements of Islamic, Persian, Indian, Turkish and even French. The Taj Mahal is poetry as art, a sublime work.
But the Taj Mahal not only captivates visitors with its proven beauty, but by the inspiration of their origin: the temple is a mausoleum that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a posthumous gift to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, shortly after it died during delivery of the fourteenth son. And this romanticism can be seen in every detail of the complex: sources, channels, outdoor patios, the inscriptions from the Koran.