Taj Mahal


The replica of the Tajmahal in the Bhopal is the Tajmahal of the Bhopal. The Taj Mahal at Bhopal was built as the Begum’s residence, at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh. It was one of the largest palaces of the world built at that time. The building was originally named Raj Mahal (“royal palace”). The British resident at Bhopal, highly impressed with the architecture, suggested that the palace be renamed the Taj Mahal. The begum accepted the suggestion and the palace was renamed to Taj Mahal. The Begum is said to have ordered a three-year-long celebration called Jashn-e-Taj Mahal after the completion of the building. Apart from being such a royal place the Taj mahal served another purpose, the palace was used as a refugee camp for Sindhi after the partition of India in 1947. The palace suffered some damage during this period. After India’s independence, some members of the royal family of Bhopal stayed at the palace. The huge entrance gate is eye catching. The palace includes 120 rooms, a Sheesh Mahal and an elaborate fountain structure called “Savan bhadon” that simulated the effect of rain. The architecture of the palace is quite complex, with a large number of passages and stairs, but they added more than beauty to the palace. This place is very famous in the peoples of the Bhopal. This place reveal the glorious pasts of the Bhopal city. The huge lighting in the night is very beautiful, which attracts the attention of the peoples.

Nawab Shah Jahan Begum, Bhopal's 11th ruler, was a connoisseur of art. Reigning between 1868 and 1901, the Begum built several buildings in the city, the Taj Mahal included. However, unlike Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal of Bhopal was built as the Begum's residence, not as a mausoleum for her spouse. The huge palace took 13 years to come up, from 1871 to 1884, at a cost of Rs 70 lakh. Situated besides Taj-ul-Masajid, one of Asia's largest mosques, the Begum was so overwhelmed after its completion that she ordered a three-year-long celebration Jasha-e-Taj Mahal. 

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