Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Delhi 20-24 Jan 2012 - Day 3 - Taj Mahal

En route to the West Gate of Taj Mahal.
Entry costs Rs 250 (plus levy of Rs 500) for foreigners and Rs 20 for Indians.
Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby

Security is tight and rules and regulations are very important and must be followed at the Taj Mahal.
Grand Entrance Building to the Taj Mahal Complex.

There are three gates. The western gate is the main gate where most tourists enter
Gate to the Taj Mahal Complex showing intricate work and Quranic passages in Arabic
Gate to the Taj Mahal Complex
Gate to the Taj Mahal Complex
Gate to the Taj Mahal Complex

The Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife
Reflecting pools of Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal means Crown Palace; one of the wife's names was Mumtaz Mahal, Ornament of the Palace
The Taj is one of the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tombs in the world.
It is one of the masterpieces of Indian Muslim architecture, and one of the great sites of the world's heritage.

Reflecting pools of Taj Mahal.

The Taj is constructed in white marble. It took 20 years to construct, and is now universally known as a monument to love

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