According to experts, the Taj Mahal, intended to stand as an immortal monument of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, may be slowly falling. The foundations of the structure require a regular supply of moisture from the Yamuna River to remain strong, but the river is steadily drying up.
The water level in the river has dropped by about 10 feet since 1960, affecting the irrigation systems used by farmers around the city of Agra. Without water, the crops will die and there will be no food, even though India is one of the most food-secure countries in the world. However, it is not clear whether this will cause the entire building to collapse.
Locals say the Taj Mahal starts to wobble when there is no water in the river. They claim that when they visit the site, they can see the tops of some stones that form an archway over a doorway lying flat on the ground. Other parts of the building are said to be leaning at dangerous angles.
However, Indian government officials say this is just part of its charm and none of the structures within the complex are in danger of collapsing.
The Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1648 by order of Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife. It is believed that he ordered the construction of this palace with its infinite details despite being already very ill at the time.
Though the Taj Mahal is still inaccessible to tourists owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, the atmosphere of the place has changed as the Yamuna at the back of the structure affords a great vista from the Mehtab Bagh. The Yamuna river inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal, but in recent decades, the river has become a withering lifeblood. It has all but disappeared in many places due to overuse and degradation of water sources.
The death of an emperor isn't enough to close down a monument, but this was certainly done in the case of the Taj Mahal. The government of India had announced in 2016 that the monument would be closed to visitors because there were too many people visiting it. However, the decision was revoked a year later.
Tourism is one of the main sources of income for Agra. With the closure of other popular destinations such as Amritsar in Punjab and Kerala State in southern India, many travelers are looking elsewhere for adventure and relaxation. Agra offers several attractions including the Agra Fort, which was built by King Firoz Shah between 1583 and 1666. It remains one of the largest fortresses in northern India.
The beautiful marble interiors of the building reflect its use by several different rulers over time. There's also the Gandhi Museum, which is dedicated to the father of the nation. He was born in 1869 in Kheda, a town near where the Taj Mahal stands today.
The Taj Mahal is the most magnificent and fascinating historical site in India. It is an Indian cultural monument created in honour of Shah Jahan's wife (Mumtaz Mahal) after her death. It is located in a large area with a lot of vegetation in front and on the sides, a river on the rear side, and a lake and grass.
This world-famous monument is a memorial to love. The eternal beauty of the monument makes it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
There are three main areas at Taj Mahal: the central zone, the north-western zone, and the south-eastern zone. The central zone is the largest area with many beautiful flowers and trees. It also has several buildings including the mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the mosque, and the tombs of other members of the royal family. The north-western zone has two monuments that are connected by a small garden. These are the tomb of Tahir Lodi and the tomb of his son Pir Muhammad. The latter is the last resting place of the brother of Mumtaz Mahal. The south-eastern zone has only one monument - the tomb of Jai Singh I. This ruler was the first emperor of India who had no children.
Tourists usually visit these zones in turn because they are interesting for different reasons.