15 March 2016

Taj Mahal | An Indian Love Story of The Mughals

Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

Who hasn't dreamed of seeing the Taj Mahal. Having done a little bit of Indian history in my early years at school, from the moment I learned about the Taj Mahal, I knew I had to see this place with my own eyes. A building that that is said to be the world's greatest monument to love. Commissioned by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor to house the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth.

This is of course the tomb that nearly bankrupted the emperor in his no expense bared mentally in throwing money at the construction of the tomb and many other projects. Shah Jahan is the same emperor that famously commissioned the Peacock Throne, crafted from over a tonne of gold and encrusted in diamonds, emeralds, pearls and rubies. When you visit the Taj Mahal you will notice how the intricate detail within the marble are all made of semi-precious stones. The design, exquiste and unique in its blend of Indian and Persian architectural style.

The level of detail and thought that went into the construction is simply remarkable. The construction began soon after the death of Mumtaz Mahal's death and too 22 years to complete, with over 20, 000, labourers, stone cutters and skilled artisans. Marble that travelled all the way from Rajasthan, decorated in Arabic calligraphy in this beautiful master piece. The entrance to the Taj Mahal also give clues to how it too to construct the tomb. It's really as beautiful as many have described it to be. Even in the blastering heat that visited on, didn't dampen our spirits.

I mentioned in my previous post about how Humayun's Tomb inspired the Taj Mahal. If are planning on setting your own eyes on the Taj Mahal, I would strongly recommend a visit to New Delhi to check out the very tomb that in my opinion gave birth to the Taj Mahal, and what for me is a better representation of monument of love.

Getting there: We drove from New Delhi which was about 4 hours to get to Agra, but you can also take a flight or train depending on your budget. Also note that its closed on Fridays.

Self Guide or Guided: We chose to have a guide with us as I wanted someone with a little more knowledge of the history. Our guide for the day also took as to Agra Fort, which I will share pictures of soon. Your guide will also show you cool spots to take pictures as well as leave you to enjoy the surroundings in peace.

Tickets: There are ticket offices a few meters away from the Taj(about 10 minutes walk from the ticket office). There are local ticket counters and tourists counters too. Ticketts for tourist cost 750 rupees and about 20 rupees for locals.

Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

The entrance to the Taj Mahal. There are 2 row of the 11 white bulbs, altogether 22. Symbolising how the number of years it took to build the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

Wearing: H&M dress(Old limited addition collection), Belt: Hermes, Bag: Prada, Sandals: DSW(US), Hat(Bought from a small boutique on a trip in Namibia). Similar items below.


Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

Arabic Calligraphy with semi-precious stone inlay curved into the Marble. 

Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

The Tomb inside the Taj Mahal, all with semi-precious stones curved into the marble through out. Emeralds, Carnelian and through out the rest of the building stones like Lapis Lazuli, onyx, coral, cat's eye an many more used in the Taj Mahal inlay.

Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

The Mosque across from the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

View of the entrance to Taj Mahal grounds from across the mezzanine of Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal - Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com
Taj Mahal,  Agra - India. Photo by Bianca - www.itsallbee.com

28 comments:

  1. Wow! So beautiful. The little intricacies and details are insane.

    The photo of the guy laid out (with only his legs sticking out) cracked me up randomly.

    Also, I love your dress!

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    1. Thanks! I actually only noticed him when I was looking through the picture again for this post. I think he was overwhelmed by all the beauty of the Taj Mahal :D

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  2. That hat is fancy!!!
    Beautiful dress and great blog. I am loving it.

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    Thank and stay fabulous!

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    1. Aww thank you! Can you believe someone actually stole my hat?! I guess they thought they could give it a better home than I could.

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  3. very beautiful photos

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  4. very beautiful photos

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  5. gorgeous photos! i've wanted to visit the taj mahal every since i read the twentith wife by Indu Sundaresan. i highly recommend it and the books that follow =o)

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    1. Will definitely check it out. My only advice it not to visit during the heat of the summer like I did :D

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  6. Beautiful shots, I would love to visit there one day!

    Agnes x

    Blvck Bee

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  7. Seeing the Taj Muhal is def on the list of places to visit!
    xx,
    Marie

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    1. Definitely has to be done. I am sure you will love it.

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  8. I've always wanted to go there , and now I feel I need to do it ! Your pictures are breathtaking
    X,Abril
    The color palette

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    1. Thank you. Definitely one of those places you have to visit in your life time.

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  9. Beautiful photos! This place looks amazing.

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  10. Wow! So much fun and great pictures. Thanks for sharing and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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  11. Wonderful photos. You look amazing in your hat and blue dress. I'm looking to style a similar outfit soon I hope!!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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    1. Thank you. Cant wait to see the styled outfit. :D

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  12. Amazing place and nice pictures! I would like to go.
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    1. Definitely visit. Its such a beautiful place.

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  13. Wow, the pictures are really stunning ! You're so lucky, I would like to visit the Taj Mahal too :)

    xoxo,
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    1. I am sure you will someday. Flights to India are no longer as expensive as they used to be.

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  14. Looks beautiful! India seems gorgeouss. I definitely want to visit one day.

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  15. Totally on my bucket list. Looks like you guys had an amazing time!xx

    Natasha B | fashionablyfab.com

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  16. There are a lot to visit in India if you're fully prepared. Tajmahal being the symbol of love attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to its lap. The huge monument enthralls its viewers and make their memories a memorable one. Anyone visiting India can't skip this wonder. When we travel, we not only enjoy, we create memories that will be cherished for the rest of our life. These are lovely and breathtaking photographs indeed!
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