The Magnificence of India

The Taj Mahal By TIX (Creative Commons)

A visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal paints a beautiful image of majestic India in my mind. Don’t miss a chance to see a masterpiece of architecture and World Heritage Site.
The magnificent Taj Mahal is waiting for you in India.

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The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the most spectacular displays of architecture and aesthetic beauty. This symbol of enduring love built by Shah Jehan houses the tomb of Queen Mumtaz Mahal, his beloved wife. Witness the sight of the Taj Mahal and begin to understand how it captures the conversation of all peoples across the globe! I recommend booking a guide to complete your experience at this wondrous site by learning the facts from a local. Be sure to keep in mind that on Fridays Taj is closed to the non-Muslim public due to religious practice, so plan ahead with this in mind! Arrive at the gates before it opens to beat the crowds and take the best pictures. Sometimes the afternoon is better after the fog settles, but the Taj Mahal is great for any morning or evening if you want to see it in a new light. For a break from the crowds, enjoy Taj in the peaceful scenery of a beautiful garden and Guava orchard. Mentab Bagh is a great place to relax with the family and take photographs framing the river and Taj Mahal at sunset.

Qutub Minar by njoyurdreams (creative commons)

In Agra, be sure to also visit the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. The intricate marble inlays and tranquil garden home to squirrels offer another way to escape the crowds and cool off in the shade. A medieval complex complete with mosques and palaces can be found in Agra Fort. This fascinating place helps to understand the story of Shah Jahan when he was once imprisoned and looked upon the Taj Mahal from the window. Within this complex of stunning colors and intriguing architecture, notice the many cultural influences with roots into Hindu, Islamic and even Florentine design. On a foggy day, visit Agra Fort first in the morning and then head over to Taj Mahal when the mist dissipates.

In New Delhi there are many more spectacular sights to be seen starting with Qutab Minar. This red sandstone and marble structure is the tallest minaret in India! Qutab Minar juts into the sky at great height with a grand total of 379 stairs. Dating back to1192, this beautiful minaret is intricately carved with verses of the Qur’an. It is a magnificent sight indeed, surrounded by a complex of ancient and medieval structures. So I suggest you don’t miss out! Next up is Chhatarpur Temple, the second largest temple complex in India. Dedicated to the goddess Katyayani, the Chhatarpur Temple complex spreads across over 20 temples of every size. Had it not been trumped, Chhatarpur Temple would remain the largest in India. However, as it stands in 2005 Swaminarayan Akshardham was completed to display unbelievable architecture. It is certainly modern, and I suggest you take the kids to see a themed show or IMAX movie. For a quiet oasis outside of busy Delhi, check out Humayun’s Tomb. Built in the 1500s, this tomb houses the remains of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. When you have seen it all, be sure to rest at ease knowing you booked your parking at Newcastle Airport in advance!

The memories of magnificent tombs and the temples of India are sure to last forever!

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