The Taj Architecture
White Marble (Makrana Marble from Rajasthan) was the main building
material to build this only edifice of exceptional craftsmanship. About
28 kind of rare, semi precious and precious stones were used for inlay
work in the Taj Mahal, which adds more elegance to the brilliance of
Taj. With extensive uses of precious stones on its white delicate body,
the Taj becomes the most wonderful and peerless monument built in the
Dome Maker -
Chief Building Material
marble brought from the quarries of Makrana, in district Nagaur of
& Comelian from
& Crystal from
Lazuli & Sapphire from
on the Tomb was Designed by
Ismail Khan Afridi of Turkey
Superintendent of Masons -
Dome Height: 187ft at the centre
Standing on a plinth, surrounded by graceful gardens in Persian Charbagh
(four-garden) style, Taj exudes charm like no other. The entire area of
the Taj complex is 580-m (1,902-ft) by300 m (984 ft), while the garden
alone spans to an area of 300-m (984 ft) by 300 m (984 ft).
The garden around the Taj has canals and well-laid waterworks. The
dramatic watercourse neatly divides the garden (dotted with fruit
bearing trees) into four equal parts and epitomises the spotless beauty
of the entire complex.
Where is this Peerless Beauty?
Agra prides in housing this most precious monument of love, built by
any man on this earth. Agra was the most developed city of India during
the Mughal period, and even today it continues to be one of the most
fast growing cities in Uttar Pradesh India with plentitude of industrial
sectors. It is Taj, because of which Agra is known as the City of Taj.
Fort (nearest), Itmad ud Daulah's Tomb, Sikandara, Fatehpur Sikri,
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
(foreigners), 20Rs, (nationals).
to 7:30 pm. Closed on Fridays
Mahotsav (February 18th to 27th)
(58kms), Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (60kms), Delhi (204kms).
How to Reach Taj Mahal
the city housing the Taj is well connected to rest of India by all the
means of transport - air, rail & road.
Indian Airlines (Domestic Airline in India)
runs daily flights from Delhi to Agra. Kheria Airport (Airport of Agra)
is about 6 km from the Agra City centre and is easily accessible by
taxis and auto-rickshaws at nominal rates.
Agra has three Railway Stations: Agra Cantt
Rly Station, Raja-ki-Mundi Rly Station, and Agra Fort Rly Station, which
are connected to several parts of the country. There are several
excellent train services to Delhi such as The Shatabdi Express (2 hrs),
Taj Express (2.5 hrs), Intercity Express (3 hrs).
Express bus services, both AC and non-AC are
available from Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gwalior, and Jhansi.