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India Tourist attractions are as diverse as its language, culture, religion, landscape and climate. Several influences have endowed this more than five thousand years old civilization with an unrivaled richness. The same becomes evident in the India tourist attractions.India tourist attractions comprise of a wonderful variety of natural wonders, man-made monuments and places of scenic beauty. Magnificent palaces, impregnable forts, brilliantly sculpted temples, pristine beaches, lofty mountains, jungle replete wildlife, enigmatic backwaters – you name it India has it, not to mention innumerable other monuments. Tourist attractions in India altogether represent a variety, which many continents would struggle to match.

Taj Mahal in India, which feature amid the Seven Wonders of the World, still tops the list of tourist attractions in India. Rajasthan, the land of kings and princes, is peppered with the forts and palaces reflecting the glory and splendor of the past. Laze around on the silvery sands lacing the azure waters or relax in the tranquility of the Himalayas. An Ayurvedic treatment at the serene backwaters in Kerala would refresh your boy and soul. You may also choose to set out on tiger spotting on an elephant back in the dense jungles dotted all over India.Colorful fairs and festivals, in which age-old myths and legends play a vital role, also make for the tourist attractions in India. A journey across the land covering the tourist attractions in India would unfold for you the mystery that India is.Taj Mahal. Sheer poetry in marble. Majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. The Taj Mahal, the one and only one of its kind across the world. The monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen. The ultimate realisation of Emperor Shahjahan's dream. One of the wonders of the world. From 1631 A.D., it took 22 years in the making. An estimated 20,000 people worked to complete the enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the Yamuna. For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, see it by moonlight.

as the world had never seen before". Thus emperor Shah Jahan set about building this fairytale like marvel. The construction of Taj Mahal was started in AD 1632 and completed at the end of 1648 AD. For seventeen years, twenty thousand workmen are said to be employed on it daily, for their accommodation a small town, named after the deceased empress-'Mumtazabad, now known as Taj Ganj, was built adjacent to it. Amanat Khan Shirazi was the calligrapher of Taj Mahal, his name occurs at the end of an inscription on one of the gates of the Taj. Poet Ghyasuddin had designed the verses on the tombstone, while Ismail Khan Afridi of Turkey was the dome maker. Muhammad Hanif was the superintendent of Masons.
The designer of Taj Mahal was Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The material was brought in from all over India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. The central dome is 187 feet high at the centre.
Red sandstone was brought from Fatehpur Sikri, Jasper from Punjab, Jade and Crystal from China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire from Sri Lanka, Coal and Cornelian from Arabia and diamonds from Panna. In all 28 kind of rare, semi precious and precious stones were used for inlay work in the Taj Mahal. The chief building material, the white marble was brought from the quarries of Makrana, in distt. Nagaur, Rajasthan.

 
 
 
 
 
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