Historical buildings tell us the history of the past. These buildings are visited by thousands of persons every year. These buildings give immense enjoyment to the visitors. They come to see these splendid monuments not only for pleasure but to get knowledge related to them. Fortunately India is a country where there are many historical places worth seeing. Agra is one of them.
My joy knew no bounds when it was decided by my parents to visit Agra this time. I had great desire to see the Taj and so I was filled with immeasurable enjoyment. I was with my father, mother and sister. My sister too was very excited like me.
In Agra we stayed in a hotel. We kept our luggage there and went to see the Taj first. The Taj rises on a high red sandstone base topped by a huge white marble terrace on which rests the famous dome flanked by four tapering minarets. Fortunately it was full moonlit night. The Taj looked so beautiful and splendid in the moon light. The beauty was beyond description. The stones of the Taj sparkle brightly in moon light.
There was a big crowd. Many foreigners were also there. The Taj Mahal was built by Shahjahan in the sweet memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz. It is a dream in marble. The four high towers at the four corners, the lawns, cypress trees and fountains add the beauty of Taj Mahal. The workmanship of the Taj is so magnificent that it has been described as “having been designed by giants and finished by jewelers.” The main dome is in centre. It is full of romance and beauty.
Now, we went in the main dome. There is a broad circular gallery all around the building. I was astonished to see the filigree work and carvings in the marble. In the centre, there are two tombs of Shahjahan and his dear queen Mumtaz Mahal. There I came to know that they are not the real tombs.
The real tombs are downstairs. We went there and found that they were exactly like the other tombs above. Verses of Quran are written on the tomb of the queen. I was wondered to see the mosaic work of art on all sides. It is in fact the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb in the world.
After it we went to see the Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar. This huge Fort is made of red stones. Its architectural design is also very attractive. We also went to see Fatehpur Sikri which was also built by Akbar. It has palaces, waterfalls, gardens etc. to provide a complete pleasure to the tourists. Maharani’s place includes wax palace. Wax decor beautifies it beyond dreams.
The galleries full of wax and stones sculptures seem to whisper the artistic splendour. Varsha is a waterfall that deserves to be seen. Cascading from 500ft it is lovely for the eyes to see. The Rose Garden is a living tapestry for the viewers. The visit to these buildings gives live knowledge to the visitors.
Agra is a city which still reflects its Mughal heritage. It gained its importance with the arrival of Mughals in 1526 and achieved its zenith between 1556 and 1658 under the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan.
Now it was time to come back. So we returned to Delhi after spending two full days in Agra. Those were great moments for us. I can never forget this visit. Its sweet memory will always be in my heart and mind.