The echo in the chamber is really a marvel. It fascinated me the most. A sound produced softly is echoed in an endless harmony. I clapped a couple of times to enjoy it.
The Taj is studded with a number of precious and semiprecious stones. The monument is so majestic, inspiring, beautiful and inexpressible. It looks most wonderful in the full moon-light. It is never the same all the time. In the early morning it is different. So it is in the evening. And still another in the noon time. Really, it is worth more than a single visit. I want to see it again and again.
There is a pair of red sandstone mosques on. Either side of the Taj Mahal. The one in the east provides a panoramic view of the Taj, the river Yamuna and the Red Fort in distance. It is open to visitors from sunrise to 10 P.M. On full moon nights it is open till midnight. There is an entry fee but the children below the age of 15 are admitted free.
It is said that a sheet of pearls worth lakhs of rupees -once covered the tombs of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan. But these were looted and carried away in 1720. The gold sheets that formerly decorated the tombs were also looted. Originally, it had two silver doors as well. These were removed and looted in 1764.
It was a memorable experience to visit the Taj Mahal. Thousands of visitors from India and abroad come to visit this monument every year. All around the Taj there are spacious lush green lawns and gardens. Nearby, the river Yamuna flows slowly and majestically. I took a number of photographs of the Taj which always keep my memory of the monument fresh.