A Visit to A Historical Place
Essay No. 01
There are many beautiful and worth seeing historical places in India. But the Taj Mahal of Agra is the most beautiful of all. It is a dream in marble. My friends and I visited the Taj in the last summer vacation. The vision cast a spell over me. It stood in unique majesty. What a fine layout indeed. This is what one could say on the spot. It looked white on all sides. The green tufts of grass and the green shoots of the Cyprus trees adorned its majestic beauty. Nature’s beauty made the ground of the building look all the more beautiful.
We went down the staircase. We found the graves of the King and the Queen under the dome in a dark chamber. Multicoloured pieces of glass and couplets from the Quaran decorated the side walls. The four minarets stood as watchmen at each corner of the main building.
A full moonlight followed in a couple of days. We visited the Taj again that night. Its beauty smiled in the silvery light of the moon. It was a memorable scene. My joy knew no bounds when I saw its reflection in the river Jamuna. A clear picture of marble could be seen. I closed my eyes and opened them again to find if it was a reality. Nay, it was not a dream. As God is there to bestow Nature’s beauty, man’s hand is there to create wonderful pieces of art and architecture. How could the man be so perfect in working out the minute details of art? I am full of wonder even now. All I can still see is the beauty of the Taj with my mind’s eye if at all I desire so. What a great beauty man could create!
The Taj Mahal was built about three hundred years ago by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal.
A Visit To A Place of Historical Interest
Essay No. 02
Last month I had the fortune of visiting Agra. It is a historical city, that was built by the Moghul Emperors. The chief attraction of this place is the beautiful Taj Mahal. This marvel in marble is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. It stands on a marble platform on the banks of the river Jamuna. It was built by the Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The basement of this mausoleum contains the graves of Shahjahan and his wife. There is another set of false graves on the ground floor of this tomb. These graves are surrounded on the three sides by a marble partition which has filigree work done on it. The two sets of graves are decorated with “Pietra dura’ and Quranic verses. Similar work can be seen on the facade of the Taj Mahal These works on the facade of the Taj are interspersed with geometric designs, which were the hallmark of the Moghul architecture. There are marble steps to the platform. On the four corners of the platform are the four minarets. Overlooking the platform and in front of the Taj are beautifully laid out gardens. In the center of these gardens are geometrically designed fountain ponds. All these combine to make the Taj a visual delight.