Winter is the best time to visit the most magnificent wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. Not only are you saved from the scorching summer heat but instead the winter sun makes the trip to the beautiful architectural wonder even better. Also, Valentine’s Day is round the corner, what is a better time than this day to pay a visit to the epitome of love. But before you plan a trip, we bring you twelve interesting facts about the Taj Mahal which you probably did not know about!
1. The pillars that surround the magnificent Taj Mahal have been built in a manner that in case an earthquake hits the area, the minarets will fall away from the tomb.
2. Although, Taj Mahal was created by a Mughal Emperor, the architecture of the popular structure was a global inspiration. The monument is a fusion of Islamic, Persian as well as Central Asian architecture.
3. The cost of building the Taj Mahal was nearly Rs. 32 million, which in the present amounts to over $1 billion.
4. More than 1,000 elephants were used for transporting the building materials during the construction of Taj Mahal
5. Shah Jahan was supposed to build an identical structure of black marble across the river, but could not do so due to his differences with his sons. It’s base can still be seen across the river
6. The Taj Mahal is built with such material which appears pink early in the morning, white during the day and golden during the night in the moonlight. This apparently depicts the different moods of a woman.
7. The construction of the Taj Mahal started in the year 1632 and was completed in the year 1653. It took twenty two years to complete the construction of this architectural wonder
8. The reason why Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays is because it has a mosque inside its premises, and only the people going inside for the customary prayers are allowed inside the monument.
9. Mumtaz’s tomb contains 99 synonyms for the word Allah featured as calligraphy inscriptions.
10. The Taj Mahal is adorned with 28 types of assortments including precious as well as semi precious stones.
11. Various verses of the Quran are mentioned everywhere within the walls of the Taj Mahal
12. The replicas of the Taj Mahal exist, one of them is the Bibi ka Maqbara and Taj Mahal Bangladesh.
Go ahead, plan a trip to the beautiful Taj Mahal and admire the architectural grandeur. After all, there is only one Taj Mahal in the whole wide world.