Taj Mahal is the symbol of eternal love has been standing tall over the centuries since Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The elegant white marble mausoleum located on the banks of Yamuna River in Agra. Taj Mahal has been regarded the most photographed monument across the world and one of seven wonders of world remains bestowed with the pouring of such appreciations. Such has been the beauty and charisma of Taj Mahal that it has been copied, inspired, cloned and being replicated into many more such monuments. The replica of Taj Mahal is many but we’ve chosen 7 that have tried to their best to look like this grand monument.
1: Mini Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh
80 years old retired postmaster Faizul Hasan Quadri repeated the act of building Taj Mahal in loving memory of his wife. He built ‘Mini Taj’, in his village in Bulandshahr of Uttar Pradesh. Making this mausoleum became the aim of Faizul’s life after his loving wife Tajammuli Begum who died of throat cancer in 2011. He needs more finances to cover the mausoleum with marble and cover the area with lush greenery just like real Taj Mahal. We really hope, he gets successful with his vision and mission.
2: Taj Mahal of Bangladesh
Replica of Taj Mahal in Bangladesh is located 10 miles east of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka in Sonargaon. It is a scaled copy of the original Taj Mahal Unlike the original work on the building took only five years. A rich Bangladeshi film-maker, Ahsanullah Moni has announced his “Copycat version of Taj Mahal” project at a cost of about USD$ 56 Million in December 2008. It was built 20 miles northeast of Capital Dhaka.
3: Taj Mahal of United Kingdom – Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK
The building of the Royal Pavilion started in 1787 as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wale. Also known as Brighton Pavilion, the British monument is famous for closely resembling the iconic Taj. It’s so because the construction and architect of Brighton Pavilion is inspired from the 19th century Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India.
4: Taj Arabia, The Taj Mahal of Dubai
Taj Arabia, built same on the lines of Taj Mahal will be a 20-storey glass hotel as maximum as accommodating 350 rooms. Taj Arabia will be open for the public by 2017. It is said that after all the clearances Taaj Arabia should be able to welcome people. The vision is to have the attractive architect as the centerpiece of Mughal Gardens that will cover an area of 210,000 square feet. It is expected to have 2,000 underground car parks, multi-cuisine restaurants, and night clubs.
5: Window to the World: Taj Mahal of China
How can China not remake anything famous in the world? So, they built their very own Taj Mahal and placed it in theme park in Shenzhen, China that has been named “Window to the World”. The specialty of this park is that it consists of replicas of all the historic monuments around the world. Do not be surprised to find Taj Mahal beside Eiffel Tower or Leaning Tower of Pisa.
6: Taj Mahal of Deccan or Bibi ka Maqbara
If you thought it was only Shah Jahan who dearly loved his wife from the Mughal clan and built an iconic monument in her memory then you would be amazed to know that his next generations continued with the glorious custom. His grandson and son Aurangzeb Prince Azam Shah built “Bibi Ka Maqbara” in memory of his mother Dilras Banu Begum, which is located in Aurangzeb, Maharashtra. The mausoleum closely resembles the original Taj Mahal in many ways.