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Taj Mahal, India

From series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
Year: 1653.

The mausoleum and mosque of Taj Mahal is an outstanding architectural monument of world importance. It's located in the Indian city of Agra. Construction of the mausoleum lasted for 21 year and was completed in 1653. The story of its creation is incredibly interesting, tragic, and romantic at the same time. The mosque was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the Mughal sultan. He decided to devote this magnificent building to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth of fourteenth child.

Taj Mahal, India The ruler attracted the best architects, masons and stone carvers from Turkey, Persia, Iran and India to construct the mosque. Since its foundation, Taj Mahal doesn't cease to amaze with its greatness. Its walls inlaid with precious stones simply enchant. Finish of rare marble has being keeping its pristine beauty for more than three hundred years. Special attention has to be paid to the mausoleum park with huge pools. The whole structure is reflected in the largest pool at a certain angle.

You can endlessly walk along the mosque and admire its elegant decoration. There you can see artful mosaic walls, bulks of precious and semi-precious stones, and amazing ornaments of marble. For hundreds of years, the mausoleum was partially looted, so now its entrance is decorated with doors made of copper instead of pristine silver. The rich decoration of gold and silver also thinned out, but it doesn't diminish interest in the outstanding attraction. Each year, Taj Mahal is visited by 3 million to 5 million travelers, among which a significant part is represented by residents of India. Next - Neon Museum Boneyard

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Axis Bank ATM' located in 0.45 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Travel Mart (India)' is located in 1.46 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Taj City Point,Petrol Station' in 1.5 km
Supermarket: 'Baniya Babu General Store' in 1.05 km
Parking: 'Car Parking' in 0.77 km
Apotheek: 'Prakash Medical Store' in 0.74 km
Police station: 'Police Station - Tajganj' in 0.68 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Aryan's Taj Resort' in 0.45 km
Railway station: 'Yamuna Bridge Railway Station' in 1.92 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Indira Gandhi Airport DEL - in 179 km
 »  Jaipur Airport JAI - in 224 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Taj Mahal

Sai Palace

Located in 0 km from Taj Mahal
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Rooms: 15
The basic rooms are equipped with either a fan or air conditioning. Some rooms have a TV and wardrobe. Bathrooms come with shower facilities. Sai … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Viren Sofitel

Located in 1 km from Taj Mahal
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Rooms: 23
The ancient historical monument, Red Fort is 1 km from the hotel. The main Idgah Bus Stand and Agra Cantonment Railway Station are within a 5 km … More: photo, rates and booking
Wyndham Grand Agra

Located in 2 km from Taj Mahal
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Rooms: 138
The spacious and well-designed guestrooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, sofa bed and a well-stocked minibar. En suite bathrooms have a bathtub. … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Shyam Palace

Located in 3 km from Taj Mahal
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Rooms: 15
The property lies 5km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station. The Interstate Bus Terminal is 10 km away. Guests of the Shyam Palace Hotel can also … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Taj Mahal - Agra

Agra became famous much thanks to the Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor Shan Jahan commissioned the building of the Taj Mahal to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The emperor loved his wife and ordered to bury him in this mausoleum as well. Nowadays, tourists from all over the world come to Agra to admire the gorgeous building. The mausoleum is built on the bank of the Yamuna River. The Taj Mahal has marble décor and is completely covered with poems from the main book of all Muslims – the Quran. When looking at this building, it feels like it is floating in the air and not standing on the ground.
Consider visiting the nearby small city of Fatehpur Sikri during your stay in Agra. Founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor, Fatehpur Sikri is famous as the “City of Mosques”. There are many legends about the appearance of this city. In accordance with one of them, the emperor desperately wanted to have a son and he was praying to Allah on the site of Fatehpur Sikri. Allah heard his prayers and gave the emperor the long-awaited heir. After that the emperor made an oath to memorize this important site and build a city that would attract many people and amaze them with its beauty.

The emperor made exactly as he had promised. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Fatehpur Sikri to enjoy the beauty of its landmarks. Numerous squares and the mint give us an opportunity to find out more about the appearance of Fatehpur Sikri and see the works of ancient architects.
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