This stop was the one I was dying to do. I have been here before but seeing it now when I will remember was just amazing. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is something else.
A white marble tomb built in 1631 – 48 in Agra, seat of the Mughal Empire, by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum, the monument sums up many of the formal themes that have played through Islamic architecture. Its refined elegance is a conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture of pre-Islamic India, with its thick walls, corbelled arches and heavy lintels, and to the Indo-Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined with an eclecticassortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources.
The Taj Mahal was built as an expression of Shah Jahan’s love for his wife. The most breathtaking part remains the exquisite inlay work that looks up from every nook and corner of the façade. The blooms are worked out in immense detail and every dot and alphabet of the Holy Quran is neatly etched, cut and inlaid to perfection. The flowers, chiefly lilies mirror the Mughal love for gardens. One particular flower on the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal is said to have been inlaid with 35 different precious stones.
Indeed a masterpiece that none would ever be able to replicate including the orginal craftsmen, artisans and designers themselves.