Syed Hanif’s replica of Taj Mahal estimated worth $18 million
“Taj Mahal” a monument of love. Its beauty and perfection of art that reflects in each corner of the monument is praised around the world. But can a Taj Mahal replica possibly bring that same entice? The question clicked when it came to our knowledge that a Taj Mahal obsessed jeweler from Bhopal, India has made up his mind of making a miniature Taj Mahal. Syed Hanif’s replica of Taj Mahal is an intricate model to include 20kg of gold, 400kg of silver, and eight diamonds as the ingredients which all together is enough to make his unique ambition a lucrative piece of news even before he achieves his dream.
The Original Taj Mahal which is 561 ft high was built by a grieving emperor in memory of his beloved wife and is famously regarded as the ultimate declaration of love, from precious metals. It still pulls millions of visitors from around the world. Perhaps Syed Hanif’s replica is about 925 pounds of precious metals, the 8 diamonds. Hanif has always admired this eternal monument to love, built by Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The 35-member team has taken over 18 months to compose this incredible creation. The replica contains a fantastic attention to detail, each member of the team was sent to Agra to view this monument up close. Hanif even recruited an Islamic scholar to ensure that the Arabic inscribed on the replica were correct. While the replica is only 3.5 feet tall it contains 44 pounds of gold and 880 pounds of silver! In total the replica has 25 domes with the main dome being built entirely out of gold. There are also 20,000 silver tiles used on the floor inside.
The project christened Taj 2012 has been the obsession of Star Gems managing director, Syed Hanif for over 22 years. The project being built in Bhopal, India has been seated on a beautifully carved wooden stand that costs $17,500. While Syed has put in an incredible amount of passion and money into this project, he says “I will be selling it for at least 100 crores rupees (more than $18 million).”
Hope that the Taj Mahal replica also manages to create the same magic and make India Proud again.