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As per common knowledge, construction of Taj Mahal was taken up by Shah Jehan, the 5th Mughal Emperor of India, as a fond memorial to his beloved 3rd wife Mumtaz Mahal (Beloved Jewel of the Palace) and was completed by 1648 AD. However, her death had been sudden, as she had expired unexpectedly during her fourteenth childbearing and thus it was a shattering blow to the doting husband, who was not even at the bedside of his wife during her last days.
In view of these circumstances, preserving the memory of his beloved wife in a manner befitting her beauty became his sole obsession. This passion, combined with Shah Jehan s zest for building excellence, gradually gave way to an evolutionary process, finally culminating in this masterpiece of Mughal Architecture. However, the design and concept of Taj Mahal apparently was not a result of any flash of creativity, but grew over time during interaction with various advisers, experts, engineers, architects, stone carvers and various other craftsmen.
Though there are not many indigenous historical resources, but details about various people associated with this gigantic project have come down through scattered Persian sources. These information sources inform that Ismail Khan, an expert on domes, came all the way from Turkey. Qazim Khan came from Lahore to mould the solid gold finial for the dome. A local lapidary Chiranjilal was requisitioned from Delhi as the chief sculptor, while Amanat Khan came from Shiraz to work as chief calligrapher. Other specialized craftsmen were recruited from faraway Bukhara, Syria, South India and Baluchistan etc. In total, there was an expert council of thirty seven experts which functioned as the creative core, which was entrusted to together supervise a gigantic force of twenty thousand labor recruited locally, besides, a contingent of one thousand elephants, apart from countless bullock carts, mules, donkeys and other supporting men and animals.
Just as with the manpower, the construction material was mobilized from diverse sources. Major quantities of red sandstone were quarried from the surrounding region, while white marble was resourced from Makrana, near Jaipur. Nephrite Jade and Crystal came from Chinese Turkestan, Turquoise from Tibet, Yellow Amber from Burma, Lapis lazuli from northeast Afghanistan, Chrysolite from Egypt, Coral and Mother-of-pearl from Indian Ocean, while forty three varieties of precious gems like Topaz, Onyx, Garnet, Diamond, Sapphire and Bloodstone etc. were sourced from within India from sites as diverse as Himalayan to Golconda.
As per Islamic practice, the first constructions were the tomb proper and two adjoining mosques. They required consummate skill, as Islamic traditions prohibit any alterations once the tomb has been completed. This core was later supported by the four minarets, the gateway and other auxiliary buildings.
When we say Taj Mahal Tours everyone thinks a visit to white marble building. But you should know City of Taj Mahal (Agra) itself has many marvelous places which could enhance your travel to Taj Mahal.
Nearest tourist sopt to Taj Mahal is massive fort known as Agra Fort. There are so many palaces inside this fort that one could easily make out the lifestyle of Mughal Kings used to be. Stunning view of Taj Mahal from one of the palace is must watch place.
The other tourist spots are Aram Bagh, Itma-ud-dulah (known as mini TajMahal) , Chini ka Makbra and Sikendra (tomb of Akbar top most famous king of Mughal dynasty).
Apart from Taj Mahal other cities nearby and related to Taj Mahal Tours are Fatehpur Sikri and Bhartpur (Bire Sancutary) is surely a part of Taj Mahal Visit. Likewise if you go little further, Jaipur is the part of this tour.
Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Jhansi cann’t be seprated with Taj Tours. I rarely find tourist who visit these places, but not Taj Mahal. So, ultimately tour is amalgam of all these tourist cities.
Now, the price concern for tourists is how to complete this trip, means where to start and where to end. Surely, it would depend upon your flight itinerary. Incase you land in captial City New Delhi, you can visit Agra Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and back Delhi. Ideal days for the trip is Nine to Ten. But if you arrive Mumbai just start the trip in reverse order
Also, when you plan to Visit Taj Mahal with Rajasthan you have so many options open. But I suggest that first visit Taj Mahal because you are almost fresh on your first day of arrival. Go first Taj Mahal from Delhi and then Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur etc.,
At last a well exercised tour program will provide you opportunity of maximum exposure of the hidden tourism wealth near Taj Mahal.