The Taj Mahal, Agra

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    Taj Tombs

    by radz Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Mumtaj mahal&Shah Jahan tombs



    Inside central chamber can see replica tombs of Shah Jahan,Mumtaj,
    the actaul one at ground floor.Before one can go inside to see,but now because of security they closed,can view from outside.First there was only Mumtab tomb,after Shah Jahan expired his son Aurangzeb build his father tomb near to Mumtaj.
    At center replica of tombs were coverd by finely cut marble screens.Can see beautiful floral patterns at jally marble screen,the tombz itself can see beautiful inlay work using semi precious tone.
    Here if u shout it echos,bcas of domed ceiling.It was designed to echo.

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    Taj Mahal - Travelling to the Entrance

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    When you reach the road leading to the Taj Mahal, all the tour buses and vehicles are not allowed to enter within about 1km of the monument. Instead you can take the Taj Mahl feeder buses (free of charge) from here to the main entrance and back. Alternatives include walking (there are many souvenir shops along this road), or take the trishaw or camel rides (remember to bargain for the price of the ride).

    This area is very busy, so be careful of the traffic as well as your belongings.

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    Taj Mahal - Yamuna River

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    Yamuna River seen from Taj Mahal, Agra, India
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    The Yamuna River is a major tributary river of the Ganges River in northern India. With a total length of around 1370 kilometres, it is the largest tributary of the Ganges.

    You will be able to see the Yamuna River flowing next to the Taj Mahal when you are at the main marble tomb of the Taj Mahal, near to the area where the 2 mosques are located.

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    Crushing the Dream

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    We were contacted us before we departed for India and advised that our visit to the Taj Mahal was to be at dawn instead of the planned afternoon visit. My heart sank and I wanted to cancel the trip to India in its entirety. Since I was seven I longed to go to India and the focal point of my dreams was the Taj Mahal. This included a whole day in my planned itinerary, exploring at my leisure.

    The company wouldn't cancel the trip and refund me, so off I went with, I suppose, a somewhat negative attitude. I had already been travelling extensively and constantly for four or five days, so I was overtired and could have done with a rest. Instead I was up at about 4.30am to be in time for our driver.

    We waited in the dark with all the other tourists. I had my first glimpse of high heeled sneakers on two Japanese girls - one all in pink (with matching leisure suits of course) and the other all in blue. This is NOT a fashion statement I intend to make.

    As the sun rose the incredible exhibition of love was revealed from the mist. At this point our very polished and knowledgeable guide destroyed another dream and advised us that this was smog, not mist. India, it seems, has a huge smog problem.

    The reflecting pools were being cleaned and drained the day I visited, so my pics were not what I expected. In addition to this we took the opportunity of employing one of the many professional photographers on site to take a portfolio of pics for us. It's lovely to have them, but he wasn't too enamoured at me taking my own pics.

    The Taj Mahal is indeed everything I imagined it to be, it's my dreams that were spoiled by little things. I'll advise you to remember that if you have a deep seated wish to do something a particular way, and you wait thirty or more years to do it, allow plenty of time and don't allow your plans to be rushed by your guide or tour operator.

    Travel Agents should remember the words of Yeats "I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, for you tread on my dreams."

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    Taj Mahal

    by cancian Updated Nov 25, 2003

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    TAJ MAHAL

    The greatest symbol of love in the world.
    Shah Jehan decid to build this monument in memory of his wife died in chilbed in 1630.
    A monument of eternal love.
    After 22 laborious years, over twenty thousand workmen, the complex was finally completed in 1648 on the banks on the river Yamuna.

    NON INDIAN 500Rs.

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    "a teardrop on the cheek of eternity"

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 30, 2010

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    Possibly the most famous mausoleum in the world - the Taj Mahal... and India take the upkeep of the Taj very seriously which is why you wont find any factories pumping out their dity clouds around here - The Taj must stay white and clean and gleaming... and quite so... it is certainly one place in the world where, even after a lifetime of listening to the hype about it, you wont be disappointed. Spectacular! Watching the Taj change colour with the setting or the rising of the sun - beautiful!

    Built by Shah Jahan for his 2nd wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died in childbirth (1631)
    A total of 20,000 people worked on this building and "exquisite" does not do it justice!
    Since 1983 the Taj has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site and underwent a huge restoration project in 2002 - it has been discoloured by the city pollution.

    The lead up to the entrance of the Taj is a nightmare with hawkers, touts and beggars. You will get offered in excess of a thousand plastic, Taj Mahal, snow globe keyrings... you will!!!
    Queues into the Taj Mahal complex were horrendous but the womens one (men and women go through separate security) moved a little quicker.
    We were told we could not take bags into the Taj Mahal but everybody, including us had rucksacks and bags of various desciptions.
    Upon sale of ticket you are given special shoe covers and a small bottle of water - do ensure you have a LOT more water than this with you and do not rely on the shoe covers being large enough to cover your shoes (alternatively bare foot is fine!) - it is only when you ascend the actual Taj itself that you need to worry about footwear.
    Thousands of people pour into the grounds and yet there is peace and, as I found, sitting on the right side of the Taj, solitude!
    I did go inside the Taj to see the tombs but it is not something I would rave about.
    Camcorders may be taken into the complex (for a fee)but are permitted no further than the platform just inside the grounds. Cameras )for a fee) are allowed in all areas except the tombs.

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    Taj Mahal - The Entrance Area

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    Entrance gate of Taj Mahal, Agra, India
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    Prior to seeing the grand tomb of the Taj Mahal, you will need to pass through the Great Gate (Darwaza-i rauza) as shown in the attached photographs. This Great Gate stands at the north of entrance forecourt and provides a transition between the worldly realm of bazaars and caravanserai and the spiritual realm of the paradise garden, mosque and the mausoleum. The rectangular shape of the Great Gate is a variation of the 9-part hasht bihisht plan found in the mausoleum. The corners and octagonal towers of this gate giving the structure a defensive appearance.

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    Images at Dusk on a Crowded Friday

    by atufft Written Apr 4, 2007

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    General View at Dusk of Taj Mahal
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    Friday is a day of special prayer and solemn ritual for Muslims, and so in the evening, the Taj Mahal is open for free to all those wishing to find its spirituality. The evening is also a time for the red cast of dusk to appear on the white marble dome. I took this opportunity to capture images of a different light than I found earlier in the day.

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    A Glorious Heritage Taj Mahal/Crown Palace

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Aug 24, 2008

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    The Taj Mahal is situated on the right of the Yamuna river.It is towards the South of the city.The Taj Mahal , the most beautiful building of the world is made of white marble, in the loving memory of the then Empress of India-named Arjumand Bano Begum.
    Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal were inseparable lovers and it is clear from the incident that when shah Jahan had to go to suppress a rebellion of Khan-e-Jahan Lodi at Burhanpur in the Deccan, then Mumtaz was also at the side of Shahjahan in Burhanpur in that compaign.At the same time she gave barth to there fourteenth child, Gauhar Ara Begum and fell seriously ill.It is said that at the time of her death, Mumtaz Mahal expressed her last wish to the Royal Emperor Shah Jahan that he will built a beautiful and uncomparable monument over her grave as a token of there worldly inseparable love.One of the court historians told princess Jahan Ara called her father to her mother's death-bed Shah Jahan become very upset and on hearing of this sad news he was greatly upset at the bed side of his life-long companion and become restless and agitated.The noble queen weeping bade her farewell to her Royal spouse and expressed her final wishes.Till her last breath, she requested the king for his kindness to her childern and royal consideration towards her parents.
    After death of Mumtaz Mahal "The Lady of the Taj" Shah Jahan could not bear this great loss of his dear wife and his health began to decline.For complete two years.
    The nurtal remains of Mumtaz Mahal were given a temporary burial (Amanat) in the building which was situated inside a garden at Zainabad, opposite of Burhanpur on the other side of the river Tapti in the month of in the month 15 June 1631.Emperor crossed River Tapti and went to the grave and shed oceans of tears on her grave.On 1st December 1631 A.D. the dead body send to Agra, accompanied by various v.i.P's like Prince Shuja, Nawab Wazir Khan and the most beloved friend-cum secretary of Mumtaz Mahal.All along this journey, aims in cash, food and clothes were distributed freely to the poor as per Shahjahan's wishes.
    The side which was selected for the permanent grave of the queen was a lofty mansion of Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur.As per Islamic religious rules, he was granted some other lofty residence in exchange.The dead body reached Agra on29th December 1631 A.D. and was again burried temporarily, under a temporary structure in the north-west corner of the garden on the bank og river Jamuna.
    The Emperor announced a memorial to be built for his dear wife and invited designs from the famous architecta of the world.So many designs were put before the emperor, but Itimately the desigon of Ustad lsa Afandi of Turkey was selected and the construction of the Taj started in the year 1632 A.D.The main building material, the whitw marble was brought from Makrana, in the District of Nagaur of Rajasthan.

    The construction work started end of Janury 1632 and finesh in the year 1648.Its will take sixteen years to complete just main building, the other buildings surrounding the Taj and Taj Garden, Mosque, Jamat Khana twards the east, a big boundry wall, huge Gateway of the Taj, Southern gate, Estern gate, Western gate all inclouded, its took 22 years to built and some 20 thousend labourers worked on it.

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    Taj Mahal

    by nepalgoods Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Taj Mahal

    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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    Darwaza-i Rauza

    by al2401 Written Aug 21, 2013

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    The Darwaza-i Rauza or great gate is situated in the south wall which separates the Taj Mahal from the outside world. It acts as a transition from the hustle bustle of daily life to the still and calm of paradise.

    Its architecture is magnificent enough to warrant a tip of its own - in fact it offers a taste of what is to be seen inside with it pointed arched portal and inscriptions from the Qu'ran. These features although in red sandstone are repeated in the Taj Mahal itself in the magnificent white marble.

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    Gateway to the Taj Mahal

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    After purchasing the tickets, the tourist have to enter the majestic entrance gate way of red sand stone, is a beautiful monument in itself.On the three side of this gateway, there strong balconies.The gate is a master piece of fine inlay work in itself.The profuse in lay work of white marble and precious stones in to the red sand stone surface, has elegantly executed inscriptions in inlayed with black marble on white marble surface, gives a charming look to the whole structure.Some Quranic texts are nicely inscribed in black letters.On the top there is a row of white marble cupolas and the corners are crowned by open domed kiosks.There is a big door made of eight metals which is 10.5 feet wide.During the reign of Shah Jahan, it was built of pure silver.This door has eleven hunderd nails studded with one silver rupee on each nail top.It is said that this door was looted by the Jets of Bharatpur during the reign.Late on the door made of Bronze was fitted by the English.

    Thsi gateway is an octagonal entrance hall, surrounded by small rooms on both the sides in the floors having beautiful ornamented gates on two sides, one opening towards the courtyard side and the other to wards the Taj Mahal itself.From there Taj Mahal looks like a miniature on the landscape from a distance.In the centre is a platform from where tourists can capture the Taj on film.The valuated roof inside the entrance gate is painted with ink in the blue colour.In the center, there is a beautiful brass lamp of Egyptian style.It was presented by Lord Curzon in 1906.It was prepared by an Egyption designer named Todras Badir.

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    Taj Mahal - History

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    In 1631, the emperor of India's Mughal empire Shah Jahan was griefstricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their fourteenth child. Shah Jahan decided to build the Taj Mahal as the grand mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal.

    The construction of Taj Mahal begun soon after Mumtaz's death with the main mausoleum completed in 1648. The surrounding buildings and the garden were finished five years later.

    The Taj Mahal is considered the a great piece of Mughal architecture which combines elements from Persian, Ottoman, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Emperor Shah Jahan described the Taj Mahal in his own words as stated below:

    Should guilty seek asylum here,
    Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
    Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
    All his past sins are to be washed away.
    The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
    And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
    In this world this edifice has been made;
    To display thereby the creator's glory.

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  • the Seventh World Wonder--Taj Mahal

    by Manyana Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Immortal Taj Mahal

    It was built in honor of a lady called Mumtaz Taj Mahal. Her husband, to immortalize her name, built this monument.
    The design is Islamic, built of marble, carvings include Quranic verses and inside there are two tombs; one of the Muslim prince who built it and the other of his wife. It took 20 years to finish building. The entire Taj Mahal was built on one basis, so in case of earthquake, the whole building shakes at once. On the two sides of the main building, there are two small buildings that work as reinforces as well.
    Since then, it stands in Agra more than 500 years ago.
    Entry fees (for foreigners): Rs750.
    Outiside shops: negative rolls of camera, sovunir of Taj Mahal.

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    The Tomb Beneath the Dome

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Aug 22, 2008

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    The Grave of Shah jahan & Mumtaz Mahal
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    The tombs-or graves of the Empress Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan are situated in the centric below the main to.Marble screen of trelliswork surrounds the graves. Both tombs are exquisitely inlaid with semi precious stones.
    Tomb of Mumtaz on a platform of 10.5 feet long, 6.5 feet broad and 1.5 feet high.On this cenotaph is writen in black letters.The words are inscribed like this,"The tomb of Arjumard Bano begum called- Mumtaz Mahal, died in the year 1631 A.D.The Hurs of the heaven came down to greet her and the Angels on date of her death said in the Heaven may always be Mumtaz's seat.

    About 5 inches apart the western side is the grave of the Emperor Shah Jahan, which was built by his son Aurangzeb.Its platform is 11.5 feet long, 7.5 feet broad and 2 feet high, which is a little higher then that of the Empress.The inscription on it is like this.The Mausoleum of the most Excite Majesty living his abode in paradise, the second lord of constellation, may ever flourish.Here lies Shah Jahan, Emperor called Firdaus Ashyani (a dweller in Paradise) who was born like Jimur when Jupiter and venus were in heaven.He passed away from the world on the night of 28 jan 1666 A.D. Just below these graves, there is a chamber where the graves are situated.

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