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The Taj Mahal: The Main Attraction in India

October 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

India is one of my favorite places to travel. The people are very friendly and welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious. India also offers many festivals and cultural events to take part in. However, all of these things can hardly compare to the Taj Mahal.

It’s hard to say what is so special about this architectural masterpiece. Perhaps it’s the intricate marble calligraphy decorating the exterior with messages from the Qua’ran or the precious and semi-precious stones that lay inside of it. It might even be the amazing romance and history of the place.

The Taj Mahal is considered one of the premiere works of Muslim art in India. It is admired all over the world for its unique beauty and significance. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and receives millions of visitors every single year.

There are many legends surrounding the tomb. It is believed that the emperor ordered that the chief architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, have his hands cut off once the project was completed. As the legend goes, Shan Jahan didn’t want anyone to build a similar masterpiece that would rival the Taj Mahal. While there is no known documentation to prove this story, it makes the Taj Mahal even more fascinating.

While there is no bad time to visit this wonder, it’s undeniably more pleasant in the cooler months, from October through March. My favorite time of day to visit the grounds of the Taj Mahal is sunrise.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham. Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor in New York City and San Francisco where he has worked in macro and special situations. He currently works at a family office / hedge fund. To find out more visit Samuel Phineas Upham Website and Samueal Phineas Upham Twitter page.

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