India at a Glance

Taj Tour Guide

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The Tomb of Taj Mahal

The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex of the Taj Mahal. This large, white marble structure stands on a square plinth and consists of a symmetrical building with an iwan (an arch-shaped doorway) topped by a large dome and finial. Like most Mughal tombs, the basic elements are Persian in origin. The octagonal hall contains eight niches on each of the two storey which are equal in size but differ in their elevation. All eight niches are ornamented with flower patterns followed by multi-cusped blind arches. The niches are topped by inlaid flowers within the frames of the inscriptions while the niches on the second floor have only the blind arches and rectangular frameworks. The two floors are bordered with a large line of inscription from the Quran. Some of the niches on both floors are covered only with jalis. The floor is patterned geometrically with the border of lobed cartouches in black and white marbles. The naturalistic flower vases are the perfect decoration for the symbolism of the paradise.

The lower Tomb chamber is a rectangular room and is simpler than the above. The graves are similar to the upper cenotaphs but decorated with different motifs. The platform of the lower cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal is almost without any decoration. The upper surface is decorated with the inscriptions of Quran and the sides of the cenotaph are covered with the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of Allah inside cartouches. The epigraph at the foot end is the same with the upper cenotaphs.

Taj Mahal by Night

Taj Mahal looks mesmerizing on a full moon night. When the sun is down, rays of the moon light up the entire monument and lend it a faint silvery glow. It gleams like a polished diamond under the moonlit sky.The Taj opens for night viewing on the full moon nights every month and two nights before and two night after. The night viewing is opened for four hours from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM, for maximum of 400 people per day divided into eight batches of 50 people for duration of 30 minutes only.Night viewing of the Taj Mahal is closed in the month of Ramzan and on every Friday.