Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language that bares a strong likeness to Urdu. It is a truly beautiful and romantic language to learn. (Though Hindi shows more similarities to Sanskrit and Urdu bares more of a likeness to the Persian dialect.) The strong resemblance of the two is so profound that they could be considered variations of one language. For one to learn Hindi would truly be to learn the language of love and rich culture.
Agra, or Akbarabad, is a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh (literally translated as ‘North State’). It was the capital of India during the rule of Aurangzeb until 1653. Agra is home to the world renowned Taj Mahal that still today stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. It was constructed as a memorial for Mumtāz Mahal by her husband Shah Jahan. She expired while birthing their fourteenth child, Gauhara Begum.
In order to understand the beauty of this History one must first come to know the content from which it was derived, beginning with Shah Jahan who was born in 1592 and died in 1666. He was an emperor from 1628 until 1658. In 1612 Mumtaz Mahal became his third and most beloved wife. He now lies with her in one of the most expensive and historic tombs known to mankind. With pristine designs of flowers and intricate designs cut from gems is a tomb encased in white marble where even in death Mumtaz Mahal and her betrothed lie together in eternal, undying love.
The Taj Mahal is enclosed in a garden. It has majestic fountains and is decorated with ornamental trees. There are two mosques and a beautiful gateway. It is believed Jahāngīr, who had an intense knowledge of gardens and a keen eye for architecture, is ultimately responsible for the creation of the Taj Mahal.
It is however known that the chief designer of the Taj Mahal was Isa Mohammad Khan. Construction was launched in 1634 and lasted for 21 years. The construction itself consisted of over 19,000 workers. It was finally finished in 1654.
The Taj Mahal was and still is simply flawless. Consequently the sheer beauty, architectural excellence and the romantic history all come together to make The Taj Mahal’s one of the 7th wonders of the world.