Souvenirs from the Taj Mahal
Over 2 million visitors make their way to the Taj Mahal every year to walk through the Darwaza-i rauza, or the "Great Gate," and the English-style gardens. With such a crowd passing through, planning your visit in advance is essential. The busiest months are October, November and February, when temperatures are cooler and allow for a more pleasurable experience. Lucky guests can visit the grounds during the full moon, to see the dramatic play of light across the architecture. Fridays are a special day of worship at the onsite mosque, and the only visitors allowed are those who come to pray between 12pm and 2 pm. Taj Mahal mementos can be considered a romantic Indian souvenir, and are found on many different items, from t shirts to tote bags, and refrigerator magnets to key chains. Small statues and water globes are also popular, to place on a dresser or countertop and dream.
Taj Mahal: Love and History
The Taj Mahal was started as a memorial to Mumtaz Mahal, 3rd wife of Shah Jahan, after she died giving birth. The heartbroken Shah wanted to create something that would stand for the ages as a symbol of their love, and, thus, the majestic tomb was created. White marble has been carved into floral motifs, with layers of bronze decorations, and jeweled screens are inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones, giving an almost magical feel to the complex. Surrounding the Taj Mahal are acres of gardens and a mosque, encased by sandstone walls and a river. It took 20,000 workers and over 32 million Rupees at that time to finish the tomb in 1653. Shortly after construction was finished, the Shah died and was laid to rest next to his beloved Mumtaz. Today, their love is celebrated by each visitor to the Taj Mahal.