Sample Tourism Paper on The Powerful Love: The Taj Mahal

The Powerful Love: The Taj Mahal

Introduction

Tourists are always attracted to unique features of the world. Features that make people want to come over just to see them; like the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is a tourist attraction not only because of the story behind it, but because of its beauty, architecture and the historical knowledge it bears.

Taj Mahal Story

An emperor once felt the loss of a loved one and decided to build a unique tomb for her after her death; this was Emperor Shah Jahan. Princess Arjumand of Persia inspired the Emperor to build a unique, strong and long lasting tomb, which has become one of the most favored tourist attractions in the world. The princess passed away when giving birth to a fourteenth child. Its magnificence speaks of its purpose, and the love the emperor had for his wife (TajMahal, 2014). History has it that the Emperor even wanted to relinquish his power in favour of his sons after his wife died (UCLA College, 2014).

Facts about Taj Mahal

It is as high as a modern 20 storey building and has a Makrana white marble. It took the involvement of more than 22,000 workers for it to be completed, and also about 22 years to be completed. The work came out magnificent, but some of its features have been destroyed over time. The main entrance to the tomb had two silver doors, and inside the tomb, there was a sheet of pearls wrapping the sarcophagus. All these were stolen by some well known people. Even the precious stones and materials were curved out over time (UCLA College, 2014).

The Architecture

Taj Mahal’s architecture is attributed to its beauty, uniqueness and complexity. There are diverse accounts to Taj Mahal’s architecture. Some say it is a Mughal architecture while others say it is a combination of Islamic, Persian and Indian architectural designs (UCLA College, 2014).

References

TajMahal (a). (2014). Taj Mahal: History of Taj Mahal. Web. 27 Sept 2014. Retrieved from:

http://www.tajmahal.org.uk/history.html

TajMahal (b). (2014). Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal architecture. Web. 27 Sept 2014. Retrieved from:

http://www.tajmahal.org.uk/architecture.html

UCLA College. (2014). Architecture: Taj Mahal. Web. 27 Sept 2014. Retrieved from:

https://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Culture/Archit/TajM.html