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Agra, Part 1: Where Mughal Emperors Reign(ed)

Having recently finished The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, which takes place in and around the city that is Fatehpur Sikri, I have newfound appreciation for the great sandstone marvel that is this place. 1,051 more words


Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Our Golden Triangle trip led us to the Taj Mahal, the world’s most magnificent monument created for love.

To express his love, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, in 1631 as a memorial for his favourite (and third) wife, Mumtaz, who died giving birth to their 14th child. 17 more words


Agra culture

This is the view from the cheap seats.

It’s the main reason over 3 million tourists visit Agra every year. Though it was once the capital of India in the 17th Century, Agra now draws people in thanks to the Taj Mahal, which, at this point, has to qualify as one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. 1,063 more words


India 2015 - Day 4 "And relax ..."

Overnight we had made an executive decision, we were tired out so we would have just half a day looking at things then chill out. It is supposed to be a holiday after all. 479 more words


A Twist on the Taj Mahal Story

The rose color that permeates the white marble at sunrise. . .


25 June 2014 Last updated at 20:43

Taj Mahal: Was India’s ‘monument to love’ built out of guilt?

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Jagat Gosain aka Jodha Bia was an princess of Marwar aka Jodhpur and daughter of Mota Raja Udai singh. Her official title was Taj Bilqis Makani after she gave birth to the heir of Jehangir Shah Jahan aka Khurram. 383 more words



The Taj Mahal, an epitome of symmetry, a timeless symbol of love. This breath-taking marble mausoleum on the banks of the river Yamuna in Agra attracts some 3 million visitors each year. 30 more words

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