The Taj Mahal Palace
The Taj Mahal at Bhopal was built as the Begum’s residence, at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh. Its construction spanned over a period of 13 years, from 1871 to 1884. 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 an another purpose, the palace was used as a refugee camp for sindhis 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, but gradually moved away, as they had no money for the repairs. By 2008, large parts of the palace complex had collapsed.
I visited this place and found out that a special permission has to taken in order to enter the palace, it is no longer open for general public. The huge entrance gate is eye catching.
The palace was declared a state heritage monument by the government in 2005 and the state archaeology department carried out restoration in parts. However, this plan was revised in 2011 and the government now plans to transfer the property to the tourism department for its development as a heritage hotel.
The Taj mahal, which was a magnificent palace in the history, is now facing the worst part of its lifetime. It is now in ruins and still unknown to many of the city dwellers. It is of a great historical importance therefore, the need of the hour is to preserve this monument, restoring it and opening it for the general public so that its beauty can be admired. Apart from being so old this place is very rich in its history and the architecture will leave you dumbstruck. So, being an explorer you cannot afford to miss out this place!
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