The Taj Mahal, Agra

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    Taj Mahal

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 28, 2004

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    Taj Mahal

    (date visited - Jan.25, 2004)

    Mumtaz Mahal or Taj Mahal is a monument of mystery and love with no match with regards to its grandeur and extra-ordinary beauty. The romantic aura of Taj Mahal attracts millions of travellers every corner of the world!

    Entrance Fee:
    a) Foreigners - Rs 750
    b) Locals - Rs 20

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    Taj Mahal

    by Audrey118 Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Across from the grand entrance through a series of water ways is the famous Indian monument.

    There are lots of photographers touting to take your pics and have them ready in the next couple of hours. It cost Rs100, and they take a couple of shots. The famous Princess Diana shot...sitting on the marble chair, and the other shots like you holding the Taj dome on the tip!!! The pic quality however not excellent.

    VTer Sharrie had a good deal; she paid a local to take lots of pics with her camera...and they were really good pics - taken at the best angles that a frequent Taj go-er can take note. So maybe you may like that idea...i was more concern of that guy running away with my camera!!!

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    Taj Mahal

    by zumodemango Updated Oct 6, 2004

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    Taj Mahal

    One of the wonders of the world and indeed, it is!
    It's open everyday except Mondays, Fridays the entrance is free, and the rest is 500 RS for non indians.
    Sha Jahan built the Taj Mahal to bury the body of his favorite wife Arjumand Bann Begum. It was built in 20 years for more than 20000 people.

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    we were here

    by zumodemango Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Last time i was in the Taj Mahal, i felt so bad that i didn't take the typical picture with the Taj Mahal. This time we took this picture to remember this day, i have to say that it's a little bit difficult to take it cause everybody wants the same picture!

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    Dawn @ the Taj

    by peitsing Written Nov 23, 2004

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    Camel yawning... with the Taj in the background..

    Dawn and sun rise, to me, is the best time to view the Taj Mahal.

    Make your way to the Taj early in the morning, around 5am, and walk to the Yamuna River, ie, turn right upon reaching the gate to the entrance of the Taj.

    The walk is approximately 1 km.

    Take a boat ride across the river and sit there, just gawking and gaping at the Taj. That's what I did! For almost 3 hours....... :P

    And best of all, other than the boat ride, everything is FREE!!! No entrance Fees required!

    But then again, of course, one must still nevertheless, make a trip within the wall of the Taj (tix @ Rp500 ea for foreigners) just to admire this miraculous testament of love....

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    Taj Mahal principal entrance

    by diageva Written Aug 20, 2004

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    Taj entrance seen from inside

    After the patio of the entrance you get to the really door entrance to Taj Mahal; A beautiful red sandstone structure of great work that hides the beautiful white jewel call Taj Mahal. Here you will have to pass through another security check. Before get attracted buy Taj take a time to admire this entrance of beautiful colour entrance with relief carving flowers and precious stones.

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    Taj Mahal

    by Audrey118 Written Mar 23, 2004

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    There seems lots of doors to the mausoleum, but only one is accessible, opened to people. It is the southern door...but it is pretty dark dark inside. I was rather disappointed that it was so so small, and two tomb inside...and lots of decoration of inlays on the wall...but so dark to appreciate. Besides lots of people in the so tiny space...i just wanted to get out. The only lighting was natural light from windows above and a very badly lited lamp above.

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    What to say: Simply the Taj Mahal

    by schlumpf Written Apr 8, 2005

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    The Taj Mahal, a very huge Moghul mausoleum, the emblem of love, is the most reckon simbol of the whole India.
    This unbelievable mausoleum has been built from the imperator Shah Jahan in the memory of his second wife, Mimtaz Mahal, dead giving him a child in the 1631.
    To build up this impressive place, more then 20.000 people has been “used”, some of them sacrified, for about 23 years...
    I worte sacrified, as the story says that to some people that were working on the Taj Mahal, has been cut the hand, due to not being able to repeat such a beauty.
    Depending on the light, the colour of the mausoleum is changing chorme, but always amazing. The little lake in front replect the enitre monument, which is a prett ycreazy thing.
    Watching the taj Mahal from some guides or catalogue, it appears very beautifull, but is nothing compeared on what will you feel being in front of it!
    Taj Mahal, no one GOTTA miss it.

    The entry fee is 20 box

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    Taj Mahal

    by Audrey118 Written Mar 23, 2004

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    To get to the tomb, you have to remove your shoes.

    As a matter of fact, in most if not all of the mosque we visited in north India, we had to remove our shoes. Alternatively you could rent these cloth covering... but some tourists were not keen to rent them...saying they did not want to wear things that everybody had worn before. I paid Rs10 for the rental of the covers....and my feet did not itch either. So what is this big deal....

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    Taj Mahal

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 12, 2004

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    the Taj Mahal, mausoleum of the mughal Empress Mumtaz Mahal, is synonymous with India. Its curving, gently swelling dome and the square base upon which its rests so lightly is a familiar image from hundreds of brochures and travel books.
    The Taj is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings of the world. Renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, it counts among man's proudest creations and is invariably included in the list of the world's foremost wonders. As a tomb, it has no match upon earth, for mortal remains have never been housed in greater grandeur

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    Gateway to taj

    by radz Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    Gateway to Taj



    This pic is the sideview of great redstone gateway of Taj.Like all Mughal mausoleum ,they have big gatway usually,here Taj complex too
    ,one has enter thro this big red sandstone gateway. This gate face towards south.Actually before entering Main complex,
    to enter here ,Taj complex has three
    entrance.One is stright south faced,this is for the pedestraians.Other two, are eastern gate,western gate,all three gates visiters
    can enter.Western gate is main gate ,facing Agra city.

    Inside no mobile phone,other electronic items are not allowed.If you have anything electronic item with you,you can keep it the locker at entrance.

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    Taj gateway

    by radz Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    Taj Gateway


    This is closeup front view of majestic entrance gateway.This gateway itself small monument worth tostand and have look .Its 2 story building,with all typical Muslim architecture, with all cupolas,nearlythis 150 ft. wide and nearly 100 ft.This is octagonal entrance hall,can see beautilfy inlay works at inside and outside .In the centre can see beautiful brass lamp of Egyptian style.It was presented by an Egyptian designer Todras Badir.
    Would like to see how Mumtaj Mahal(The lady of Taj) pic,there there was Taj Museum,on left side of the entrance hall.Here origanl documents,many paintings of Shah Jahan ,&Mumtah Mahal displayed.The gate entrance both side,Quranc texts are inscribed in black letters.

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    TajMahal

    by radz Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Beautiful building in the world


    This is Tajmahal,one of the seven wonders in the world.Ready to click the pic of Taj,you cant help.:).i got 50 pic,huh less na eheheheheh
    Its the impressive&most beautiful building in the world. This is view from Entrance,with beautiful gardens at both side,
    and broad water channels with fountains ,
    cypress trees both side gives perfect view of white marble wonder.

    Brief Histry: Taj Mahal was build by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal,
    after her death,he build this monument.Actaully this tomb of Mumtaz Mahal&Shah Jahan,later he too buried here.
    Mumtaj Mahal died in 1629 in her childbirth(13th childbirth :))..)The building of Taj started 1631 to 1653 and it took 22 years to complete.

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    Taj at Sunset

    by radz Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Taj Mahal  at evening.



    The best time to visit Taj is sunset or sunrise time.At noon dazzling white sometimes you cant see her fully.This is taken before sunset.
    People say,Taj reflects diffent shade at different day of the time.The marbel monument building reflects rose &gloden tints at sunset&sunrise.Moonligh it glows like pearl.

    This pic is taken from Garden,raised marble lotus pond (Now no lotus is there),where the pond water can see the Tajmahal reflection.There is one seat,its famous seat,
    visiters who all come to see Taj surely sit there and take pic of them.Its called lovers seat. At any time you can see ,one by one sitting there pics :)).And good view of Garden too,Taj garden is well maintained,the beauty of the garden is,from any corner of the garden you stand and see the Taj,you can see unobstructed view of the Taj.

    Timing:sunrise to sunset.

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    Taj Mahal-golden tint.

    by radz Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Taj Mahal at evening.


    When sunset Taj marbel exterier reflects golend tint,it looks yellow Taj:).
    Taj with raised flatform,one side river yamuna,west side is beautiful redstone Mosque,eastside is identical structure like redstone building ,but its not Mosque.
    Taj is unque as its perfect architect,the whole construction gives feminity touch.
    The entire mausoleum can see inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy using precious gems such as agate and jasper. Central archway is used to enter the inner chamber,can see bothside inlay work in black and yellow at white marble.There are letters inscribed at side of archway from top to bottom.It looks from distance
    same size,but actualy its letters are bigger &enlarged from bottom to top,so that it looks same size creating illusion of uniformity for nacked eyes.

    Shah Jahan was intended to build second Taj,as black Taj for his own tomb ,
    the other side of the river,but he coun't do anything.he was deposed by his son, Aurangzeb .

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