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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:46 AM   #281
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TAJ MAHAL

One of the world's most famous buildings, the Taj Mahal commemorates both the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as "a prayer, a vision, a dream, a poem, a wonder." This sublime garden-tomb, an image of the Islamic garden of paradise, took almost 22 years to complete in 1653, using around 20,000 workers.






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The Lotus Pool, named after its lotus-shaped fountain spouts, reflects the tomb. Almost every visitor is photographed sitting on the marble bench here.



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The 44-m double dome is capped with a finial.






The tomb changes colour from white to a golden hue as the sun sets.

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Four minarets, each 40 meters high and crowned by a chhatri, frame the tomb, highlighting the perfect symmetry of the complex.







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To the east of the tomb is the mehmankhana or guesthouse.










It's a perfect backdrop to these young Indian girls' photo shoot

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The expansive garden






Behind the Taj Mahal

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AGRA FORT

Agra Fort was built by Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront, and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early ecclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan.





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A deep moat, once filled with water from the Yamuna River, surrounds the fort.







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The impressive Amar Singh Gate to the south leads into the fort.



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Great, very nice photos once again including those photos from Taj Mahal
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