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Tajmahal Agra Tour – Admire the Architectural Brilliance

Posted on September 8th, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off on Tajmahal Agra Tour – Admire the Architectural Brilliance

My curiosity to see Taj Mahal took me to Agra last month. The city which truly reflects an affluent cultural of the glorious past of India simply fascinated me. Located on the banks of Yamuna river, Agra is famous for its outstanding monuments.

One of the most famous monuments of Agra is Tajmahal. The name ‘Taj Mahal’ itself describes its grandeur. I was really willing to catch the beauty of Taj Mahal since my teenage years. So, it was the most-awaited time for me when my wish got fulfilled by visiting Agra. On being reached there, I was enthralled by the charm of this architectural wonder. The mysterious appeal of this famous monument really mesmerized me during my Taj Mahal Tour.

This white marble made wonder changes its expression with each passing hour. While blazing brightly in the sunlight, Taj Mahal offers a truly memorable sight in the night. I forgot all the tiredness as I felt the romantic ambience of Taj Mahal.

History of  Tajmahal

The knowledgeable guide told me about this wonderful monument, which is known as the epitome of love. This spectacular building was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. The construction of this gorgeous monument took 20 years to complete.

I also visited the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, located about one and half kms from Taj Mahal. It was another example of finest architecture of olden times.

Agra Fort

After seeing Taj Mahal, I went for another tourist destination Agra Fort (Also known as the Red Fort). Built by Akbar in 1565, this fort is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture style. Inside this massive fort, you can see various buildings like Pearl Mosque, Jehangir’s Palace, the Diwan-E-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), Khaas Mahal and Musamman Burj.

It remains open for tourists from 7:00 a.m in the morning till 6 o’clock in the evening.

Fatehpur Sikri

I wanted to explore more, so headed towards another famous monument Fatehpur Sikri, situated about 37 kms from Agra. It houses the shrine of revered Sufi Saint Saleem Chisti.

When you visit all these monuments you will realize how exceptional skills of the workers of that time had even when there were not much facilities like today. Even though, the outstanding architecture of the old monuments will not let you believe it.

I also paid a short visit Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra, at a short distance of 4 kms from Agra. The tomb comprises the characteristics of airy tiered pavilions of the Agra Fort.

All the monuments I visited in Agra was created so heartedly that their architectural beauty simply touched my soul!

Fairs and Festivals of India Reflect its Rich Cultural Heritage

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Fairs and Festivals of India Reflect its Rich Cultural Heritage

The incredible country like India can be best described by the phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’. India is a land of rich cultural heritage which beautifully reflects in its various attractions. The various states of India have their own unique culture. Although there is so much diversity in culture of India but still there is unity among Indians. Fairs and festivals are among the most colorful part of Indian culture. They are also the perfect means of getting acquainted with the culture of India.

It would be no exaggeration to say that India is a land of fairs and festivals as its calender is full of various fairs and festivals commemorating various occasions. Fairs and festivals of India attract tourists from across the globe.

Some of the most famous fairs and festivals of India are:

It is the festival of lights which is celebrated with great flavor


throughout India. Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, this festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom after 14 years of exile. On this festival people illuminate their houses with earthen lamps and lights, distribute sweets, burn crackers and worship Goddess Lakshmi. This festival falls in the month of October or November.

This festival is celebrated for nine days in honour of the goddess. The goddess symbolizes power. During these nine days nine forms of the goddess are worshipped and devotees observe fast for nine days. The goddess is known by several names like Durga, Laxmi, Bhavani, Kali, chandika, Maha gauri, Ashtabhuja and Siddhiratri. All the nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with.


It is a festival of colours which is celebrated with great enthusiasm


especiallyin North India. During this festival people play with powdered colours and water. Huge bonfires are lit on the evening of Holi. This festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil. There is an interesting legend associated with it.

Pushkar Fair
It is the largest cattle fair in the world. Held in Pushkar City of Rajasthan it is marked with several cultural activities like dance, music, competitions and many more. It is celebrated in October/November.

It is an important festival of South India which is celebrated for four days. It is a harvest festival. During the festival cattle, Sun god and Rain god are worshiped.

It is an important festival of Muslims which marks the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. During the festival people exchange greeting and sweets and offer prayer in mosques. Feasting is the main feature of this festival.

Desert Festival
This is a famous festival of Rajasthan which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the city of Jaisalmer. During the celebration the desert comes alive with cultural activities. Folk dance, puppet shows, turban-tying competition, camel race etc are the main highlights of the festival.

Taj Mahal Where Eternal Romance is Etched in White Marble

Posted on June 17th, 2010 by govind  |  Comments Off on Taj Mahal Where Eternal Romance is Etched in White Marble

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The brilliance of forts, palaces, tomb and mausoleum are the popular drawcards of Agra which lured scores of tourists since centuries. It is one of the most sought after destinations of India Tourism famous worldwide for the Taj Mahal which is the undying symbol of love. Though I had heard, read and listened about this place since my childhood days but never visited this land of romanticism ever before. Last weekend my friend insisted me to visit this place and on Friday night we left for Agra.

Early morning after taking refreshment at my friend’s house we went to see Taj Mahal, ‘the epitome of love’ and ‘a monument of immeasurable beauty’. The moment we entered in the premises we were stunned by the imposing beauty of this grand structure. The beauty of this magnificent monument is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come to my mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra are not just about its phenomenal beauty but are also about the immense love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal which was the reason behind its construction.

When I touched this epitome of love and romance, I felt its charismatic feature and realized that why it is so much famous round the world. The construction pattern of Taj Mahal is a fusion of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architectures which make this monument a stupendous one. The principles of self-replicating geometry, along with symmetry of architectural elements can also be seen in the design and layout of this edifice of love.

Delicate pierce work, Arch of Jali, Inlay detail, Incised painting, Calligraphy and Herringbone are the ornamentations done on the surface of Taj Mahal. Though all these pattern of decorations are metaphor complementing this building of love but the Calligraphy work impressed me the most. The Calligraphy of the Taj Mahal mainly consists of the verses and passages from the holy book of Koran. It was done by inlaying jasper in the white marble panels. Out of 114 verses and passages of the holy Koran one can find 15 verses and passages on the wall of Taj Mahal.

This monument is the culmination of human imagination which took 22 years to be built by 20,000 skilled artisans. It is a monument of enduring love which reveals its mystery and charm when one visits it without being in a hurry. From morning till evening we stayed here seeing, analyzing and discussing its various features. The backdrop of river Yamuna and foreground of beautiful Mughal Garden add extra charm to this tombstone. Though we were physically exhausted but the soul stimulating beauty of Taj always refreshed us and insisted us to explore some more hidden aspects of this flamboyant structure.

The beauty of Taj Mahal fascinated us for hours and finally we adieu this splendid monument with a promise to visit it again. It is not possible to decipher the hidden love, romance and beauty of the Taj Mahal in a single day, though visitors do this but for me it is not the matter of a single day. After coming out from Taj Mahal premises we returned to our friend’s house where we had lip smacking food in our dinner which was cooked by my friend’s mother. The whole night I remained engrossed in the beauty of Taj Mahal which was lingering in my mind.