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Indian Vacation With Love

| Articles | January 24, 2010

Every now and then you feel like its time to get some time off from the long hours of hard work in the office or even take a sabbatical away from the thick books and readings your professors require you to finish. There’s one click and then the light bulb pops the idea of a well-deserved vacation. For the many times that you’ve made your way around your locality, provinces, or even remote areas in your homeland you then tend to crave for something more global. Look no further it’s time to set foot on foreign lands. One good way to start is to get off to an Indian vacation.

There are a lot of good places that you can pick if you plan to go to India. But usually the first thing that goes into thought when the country is mentioned is one of its historic landmarks, the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal or simply referred to as the Taj is one great example of an architectural system that is produced via the mixing of Islamic, Persian, and of course Indian expertise. It is commonly associated with the Mughal architecture. 1983 was a glorious year for this momentous creation as is was named as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with merits of being a one of a kind Muslim art that represents man’s creativity and genius.

The Taj is most famous as a marvellous mausoleum highlighted by its domed form. Actually it’s more than just a dome. It has been noted as a combination of structures characterized by complexities and modern principles that is way ahead of its time. It took a lot of manpower to create this wonder. Thousands of workers, craftsmen, and artisans were employed when its building began in 1632 which rallied on until the end of 1653. Great names were involved in the construction of the Taj Mahal. These included architects such as Ustad Ahmad Lahauri who was chiefly responsible for the design, Adb ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, and Makramat Khan.

The Taj Mahal is not only known for its grand and majestic form. More so, it entails a story of love that goes beyond the grave. It was in 1631 when Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire lost his third wife Mumtaz Mahal during the birth of their child Gauhara Begum. The emperor was seriously in grief for he loved Mumtaz so much that is why he became so determined to fulfil his wife’s dying wish.

On her last gasp of air, Mumtaz Mahal wished that a mausoleum of great and global proportion was to be created in her memory. And so the construction began a year after the death of Mumtaz. The principal and main part of the mausoleum was actually finished in 1648 while the gardens that beautifully and elegantly enveloped it were completed five years after.

The construction and design of the Taj Mahal was basically patterned from a list of great Mughal and Timurid structures like the Gur-e Amir which is officially known as the tomb of Timur from the Mughal dynasty, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, and the tomb of Humayun. Shah Jahan also made sure that the Taj was distinctly above in material.

In those days it was common for buildings to be constructed using red sandstone but for his wife’s mausoleum he ordered the usage of white marble engraved with semi-precious stones and made sure that each detail was done and completed in full refinement.

Indian vacation is a good way to relax and unwind especially with that special someone in your life. You can bask in the beauty of the Taj as you further strengthen your love for each other.

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