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The (hi)story behind the Taj Mahal


A post by our guest blogger, Vandhana K., a sixteen-year-old who talks in puns and writes in poems, enjoys tasty food and tasteful books (both at once if she can get them).  626 more words


La Légende de Shalimar

My favorite perfume from Guerlain. Jacques Guerlain was inspired by Mumtaz Mahal, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s love for Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife, was so great that he built her the Garden of Shalimar in Lahore, Pakistan (and indeed, the Taj Mahal). 85 more words

Agra - India

After our full day of touring in Delhi, it was time to head out with our driver Karan Singh.  We were picked up at our hotel and headed out for the 4 hour drive (approximately 242 km) to Agra.  626 more words


India 2016 | Rickshaw Run, Day 6: A Birthday at the Taj – 9 April

The second time around is just as great as the first. And that’s what I was thinking as we stood there looking at the Taj Mahal. 1,025 more words


Today in South Asian history: a monumental passing (1631)

I don’t usually worry about historical births and deaths around here–for one thing, most of the people I would cover reckoned time according to the Islamic calendar, so noting when they were born and/or died according to our calendar would be somewhat ahistorical. 382 more words


The Most Worthy of Love

When she brought out the last pearl

She emptied her body like an oyster

On this day June 17, 385 years ago, large populace of India joined their emperor and the royal family to mourn the untimely death of Arjumand Banu Begum, popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal, the 38-year old favourite second wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. 192 more words


The National Capital Territory

The National Capital Territory: Now we are moving to our last stop – Delhi, which houses both the Lotus Temple and Jama Masjid. These are two of the many symbols of the city. 410 more words

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