The hotel I booked was very close to the world famous Taj Mahal. After reaching the hotel on the cab sent by the hotel authorities, I had a cup of coffee and breakfast, following which, I slept for a couple of hours. From the hotel the view of Taj Mahal provided was very beautiful. I took a taxi from the hotel to visit one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is built in white marble and it is said that it took 22 years to complete the construction and about 24,000 workers worked day and night to complete it.
The view as I got nearer was really imposing with the central tomb which stood on a square plinth, and four minarets at the four corners. There is a marble dome surrounding the tomb, which is about 35 meters in height. The top has a lotus design and is very beautiful. The minarets are 40 meters tall and each has two balconies surrounding it, dividing it into three parts. All was made of marble, which shone very bright in the day light.
A lot of tourists, including domestic and foreign tourists, were seen walking on the path that led to Taj Mahal and I too joined the crowd, eager to get nearer and see the massive structure. The pathway had beautiful flowers and plants on either side making it more beautiful. There were guided who accompanied many of the tourists helping them to go around the place.
The exterior and interior of Taj Mahal are decorated with intricate designs that are beyond description. The glorious past of India is truly reflected here. The tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are kept in the inner chamber in a serene place without much decoration. The garden here is one of the scenic places I have ever seen, with a variety of flowers, fountains and greenery all around. Built on the banks of River Yamuna, Taj Mahal is the epitome of eternal love of the emperor for his beloved queen.