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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Adventures in India, Part 17 -- The Taj Mahal

Of course the thing that everyone comes to Agra to see is the Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this white marble structure is one of the great triumphs of world architecture.

We went to the Taj twice -- the first time in the afternoon [at which time I didn't take any pictures but just planned my next visit] and then at dawn on the following day, at which time the following pictures were taken.

The sun rising over the entry gate to the Taj complex.

Here's a view of the complex from inside the gate. 

The entrance gate, the Darwaza.

The classic view of the main mausoleum where Shah Jahan and his wife are interred.

The Taj mosque, the Masjid.

The "guest house" or jawab [answer] built to complement the mosque.

The interior of the guest house.

The Taj from inside the guest house.

Calligraphy and other decorations on the mausoleum.

The back of the Taj along the Yamuna River.

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