The Taj Mahal, Agra

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  • majestic

    by randychiara Updated Oct 31, 2003

    For most of the time Agra alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Mughal Empire. As such one finds many marvels of the Mughal architecture in and around the city, the most famous of them being the Taj Mahal. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight. Other major attractions include the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Jama Masjid, Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, Rambagh, the Mughal Garden and Dayal Bagh Temple.

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  • at the gate of taj mahal

    by randychiara Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    Located about 204 kilometers south of Delhi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. The city, situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, is known world over as home to a wonder of the world, Taj Mahal. A part of the great northern Indian plains, Agra has a tropical climate. Summers are extremely hot and the maximum temperature can be as high as 45 degree Celsius, while winters are cold and foggy.

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    Black Taj Mahal

    by nepalgoods Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    The Taj Mahal is located on the banks of a river. Shah Jahan planned to build a similar building on the other side of the river. This building should have looked exactly like the Taj Mahal, only that it would have been made of black stones.

    But short after he started the building, he was taken prisoner by his son, who wanted to be the Sultan himself.

    Today his sarkophagus is next to the one of his beloved wife in the Taj Mahal.

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    Taj Mahal

    by nepalgoods Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    There is no other monument in the world, which can match the beauty and grandeur of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan- the fifth Mughal emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

    Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631, after giving birth to the last of many children.

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    Visit the Taj Mahal

    by Luchonda Written May 26, 2003

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    Visiting the northern area of India without a visit to the most marvelous monument in the world - a tragedy.
    It is worth it to enjoy this palace - the game of sun on the marble stones - changing every minute !
    So go for it !

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    Gateway to the Taj Mahal

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    The current entrance to the Taj Mahal is through the building in this photograph. . .the set-up means, pleasantly, that the vision is only fully revealed to you once you have entered through this doorway.

    Entrance fees, like many in India's main tourist areas, are higher for non-Indians. Consider it your gift to a country that allows you to travel for a fraction of your home costs. . .

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    Taj Mahal

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Shah Jahan mourned his loss for two years, then began work on the construction to the building ~ it took 12 years, 20 thousand labourers and 41 million rupees to finish.

    Shah Jahan was later imprisoned by his son in the Agra Fort ~ he spent his final years with a view of the Taj Mahal in the distance.

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    Taj Mahal

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Completed 350 years ago, the Taj Mahal has enchanted visitors from every corner of the world with its sad love-story.

    The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the tomb and its surrounding gardens as a memorial to his wife. She was given the name Mumtaz Mahal after marriage ~ it means "chosen one of the palace" and she died after giving birth to their 14th(!) child.

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    Taj Mahal

    by yumiyun Written Feb 26, 2003

    This majestic building was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in memory of her.

    His symbol of eternal love consumed 22 years of labor with more than 20,000 workers and craftsmen, and was completed in 1648.

    This white marble tomb with inlaid works are much visited from people all over the world.

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    Beautiful

    by nightcowboy Written Sep 16, 2007

    It's all been said by better writers then me, the most beautiful man made place on earth it takes your breath away.

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    Diana bench

    by Willettsworld Written May 22, 2007

    The bench with the people sitting on it is the one made famous when Princess Diana sat on it by herself looking glum when she visited here in 1992.

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    Best Time To Visit

    by keeweechic Written Nov 16, 2006

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    The best time to visit the Taj Mahal is early in the morning and that is evidenced by the many sleepy eyed tourists queuing to enter the celebrated grounds of one of the 7th Wonders of the World.

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    The Yamuna River

    by keeweechic Written Nov 16, 2006

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    The Taj Mahal was built on a bend in the left bank of the Yamuna River. It is also believed that the site was chosen because of it was in clear sight from the imperial palace at the Red Fort.

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    "Must-see" Nr.1

    by Robert_Hun Updated Jun 18, 2005

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    Open from sunrise till sunset, and the whole night during full moon. Closed on Friday.
    Entry fee: INR 750 (USD 17)

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    The mosque at the Taj

    by NedHopkins Written Feb 4, 2005

    On three sides the Taj Mahal is flanked by (a) a moque, (b) a guesthouse, and (c) the main gate. The fourth side stands on the River Yamuna.

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