Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is an ivory-white marble tomb situated on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It was ordered to be constructed in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (who governed from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan, who was the builder.
The tomb is situated in the centre of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque, a guest house and a beautiful garden bounded on three sides by a rampart wall.
The construction if the monument completed in 1643 but additional work continued for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal construction is believed to have been completed in 1653 and the cost estimated at that time was around Rs.32 million, which if calculated today, would be approximately Rs. 52.8 billion (U.S.$ 827 million).
The entire project employed about 20,000 artisans who were guided by the board of architects led by the chief architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
The Taj Mahal was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is considered as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich heritage. The Taj Mahal attracts millions of visitors every year. In 2007, it was declared as the winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. Given below is Taj Mahal Visiting hours:
Taj Mahal Timings for Visitors:
The Taj Mahal opens half an hour before sunrise Around 6:00 am and closes half an hour after sunset around 7:00 pm. Those who want to know Is Taj Mahal open on Friday, please note that It is closed on every Friday.
You can have a look at the mesmerizing beauty on other 6 days at any time.