To know history more one should visit historical buildings. It gives us the knowledge of the period and age in which it was built. We know more about the kings who made them, rather than reading in the books. Of all the places none has impressed me so much as the Taj Mahal at Agra. I can easily call it a love poem in the marble. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, in the living memory of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna at Agra. It is built of pure white marble and looks magnificent on a full moon night. Once the Taj Mahal was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Still it is one of the most beautiful buildings of the world. One day with my uncle I wished to see the building. We saw the view of the Taj Mahal from the train at a distance. It looked grand and impressive. We went on a rickshaw. We saw the gate of the building. It was very high and beautiful. It is made of red stone. It is called Buland Darwaja.
We now saw the Taj from there. It was a white building made of white marble. We went by paths made of marble slabs. Between these paths there were cistens and fountains. Fish of all colours leaped about in them. There we saw lawns and trees on both the sides.
The Taj is built on a high terrace made of marble. We climbed a few steps and saw the big terrace in the centre of which stands the Taj. There are four high towers at the four corners. Now I saw the beauty of the Taj. I never thought of so. There are verses from Quran written in black mosaic at the three sides of the gate. It is really a great work of art. I was puzzled to see its greatness and glory.
Now we went in. There is a broad circular gallery all round the building. I was astonished to see the filigree work and carvings in the marble. In the centre, there were two tombs of Shahjahan and his dear queen, Mumtaz Mahal. But I came to know that they were not the real tombs. The real tombs were downstairs. We went there and found that they were exactly like the other tombs above. Verses from Quran were written on the tomb of the queen. The slab over emperor was bare. I wondered to see the mosaic work of art on all sides.
It is said that thousands of the love of Shahjahan for his queen. Crores of rupees were spent. It is really a great work of art and India is proud of it. People come in from all countries to see this wonder of the wonders. Every part of the building is very attractive in a moonlit night. The Jamuna flowing by adds to it charms.
The sight of the building has made a deep impression on my mind, I can never forget it. The beauty of the Taj cannot be described in words. The more you look at it, the greater is your astonishment. It is truly ‘A dream in marble’. There is nothing in the world comparable to the Taj.