Taj Mahal Secrets – Lesser Known Facts About The Taj

Attracting over 7 million tourists from around the globe per year, the Taj Mahal has found its place in the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Here are some of the Taj Mahal secrets which have helped garner such an extensive audience:

Lesser known Taj Mahal secrets

  • During the Second World War, the Taj Mahal was concealed using extensive scaffolding. Why you ask? To prevent airborne bombers from picking up the aerial view.
    Apparently, the tomb looked like a pile of bamboo from above back then. We’re lucky the technology at that time was not as advanced as today. Or else, we’d have ended up missing this beautiful monument from the face of the world.More on Taj Mahal’s optical illusions here.

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  • The Taj Mahal has foundations made of timber, wood which would weaken over time. However, the Yamuna river keeps it moist and strong.
  • In the Mughal times, the construction cost of the monument was close to 32 million in Indian rupee. That’s a staggering 1,062,834,098 USD! (Wow, all I can see is a lot of numbers there!)
  • There’s a bench known as the Princess Diana Bench at the Taj Mahal which grew in popularity after the Princess’s visit to the monument.
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Princess Diana at the Taj Mahal. Pic Courtesy: Vogue Magazine

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And her successor’s visit soon followed – Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Taj Mahal

Another one of the famous Taj Mahal secrets revolve around its ever-changing color and resplendence. The monument changes colour according to the timing of the day, and its poses a striking photo moment for photographers!

Read about it here.

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