Thursday, April 14, 2011

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal located in Agra (State: Uttar Pradesh) is a mausoleum. The construction of this finest example of Mughal architecture started in 1632 and completed in 1653. It combines the elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.

This white marble structure stands on a square platform and consists of a symmetrical building with an an arch-shaped doorway topped by a large dome. The multi-chambered structure is an unequal octagon that is approximately 55 meters on each of the four long sides.The marble dome at the top is 35 meters in height and is onion shaped.

The minarets at the four corners are more than 40 meters in height. Each minaret is effectively divided into three equal parts by two working balconies that ring the tower.

One of the entrance gate to the Taj Mahal complex.

Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it stands as a symbol of eternal love. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

57 comments:

Sailor said...

I always wanted to visit Taj Mahal! I like the last picture most.

Rizalenio said...

Lucky are those people who see Taj Mahal upclose and personal.

I want to see Taj Mahal in this lifetime. Thanks for sharing your photos and stories. I really like it.

Krishna said...

Hi Rajesh

Nice photos with information

sunshine said...

wonderful :)
india is one of the many countries i want to visit and the main reason for it is to see Taj Mahal :)

Anya said...

The first is my favorite
soooooo white
sooooooooo beautiful :-)
Wonderful shots today !!!!

Angela said...

Hello! Thanks for your visit in my site! Your blog is also wonderful, with plenty of info about India, a land that I hopefully going to visit someday. At least now I already know where to gather info about this extraordinary country!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Truly one of the great wonders of the world and it is definitely on my "bucket list" ...

I've heard it is almost always very crowded, though. Tourists.

Sridharan said...

Wonderful Rajesh!. It reminds me of my visit to this great monument about 15 years back!

joo said...

It's a dream like place!

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Team G Square said...

Wow , wonderful .

Sylvia K said...

Incredible places, lovely skies and a great post for the day as always, Rajesh!

Sylvia

Spiderdama said...

Oh, your beautiful buildings!! That first one is amazing!
Wish you happy days:-)

Francisca said...

I was so close... yet so far from this iconic piece of architecture last year! I'll just have to come to India again...

Carver said...

Wonderful sequence of shots. Such a stunningly beautiful place.

Gary said...

Again a grand tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

clairz said...

It's so interesting to find out more about such a famous place!

Pearl Maple said...

Great collection of photos from someplace many of us would like to visit. Cute way of framing up the view too. Have a great weekend full of photo ops.

ladyfi said...

Wow - this really has to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world! That last shot is fun.

LauraX said...

You live in a country with such rich culture and beauty....it is always a joy to visit through your eyes!

Kim, USA said...

OMG Taj Mahal is beautiful!!!
SWF

ewok1993 said...

someday i wish to have my picture taken there.

""rare*jonRez"" said...

I love the last picture! So creative and very well captured! :)

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Arija said...

Beautifully photographed, the larker sky sets it off to perfection. Also love the way you have made the people more indistinct to preserve the focus on the mausoleum.
Since I could not accompany him to India, my husband thoroughly photographed it for me.Yet whether yours , his or National Geographic's photos, they all are totally different.

Vernz said...

I just watched this Philippine movie that was shot in Agra... is truly beautiful...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Here is a place I have heard of! What beautiful building it is. What a lovely shot of the couple framing this monument to eternal love. (Is it someone you know?)....


A beautiful post -- I love learning in such a beautiful way; thanks Rajesh.

Karen said...

Thanks for the mini tour Rajesh, I have always wanted to travel to see Taj Mahal.

SandyCarlson said...

It is an amazing resting place.

Indrani said...

The last shot is terrific.
You both look good.

V Rakesh said...

The Taj in all its glory, never ceases to amaze me.

Simply Delicious said...

Beautiful structures. I love the last shot. :)

Happy SWF!

My Sky.

magiceye said...

wonderful captures!

thomas said...

Lovely shot,this is one place that i must go one day.

Sumandebray said...

Taj ... The symbol of love. Also symbol of Royal Power!

Lakshmi said...

perfect picture..lovely

Jeevan said...

Very beautiful images to go with details. I wish at least one to visit this place. Nice Post :)

alicesg said...

Wow the Taj Mahal is so beautiful. Hope I can visit it one day. Have a nice weekend.

snowwhite said...

So romantic and beautiful as this is the symbol of eternal love! Your contry has an amazingly rich culture. Have a nice weekend.

'Tsuki said...

That is such a sweet relfection of love, the last pic... Nicely done !

jennyfreckles said...

Must be one of the most famous reflections in the world - and Monday 18 April is World Heritage Site Day. We're having celebrations in Saltaire.

BJ Roan said...

Love the last shot. Amazing architecture. Maybe someday I will be lucky enough to see it myself.

jeannette said...

My son was there in January with his friends, and sent me pics (lucky me). Love the Indian shari!

Dimple said...

This is an amazingly beautiful building. Thanks for the wonderful photos (I am one who likes the last one best) and the history.

Pietro said...

Fabulous architecture, thanks for sharing this very fine place.

NatureFootstep said...

a place I wanted to visit, but still havn´t. :(

Genie said...

Rajesh...You have been giving us so many fabulous structures as of late, I had forgotten about the Taj Mahal. It is one of the must beautiful architectural delights in the world. These pictures are wonderful. Again, thanks for all of the interesting information.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of picture taking for all of us to view.

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Meraviglioso questo monumento per la sua defunta moglie... è triste sapere però che è stato poi arrestato !
Grandi foto !
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

J Bar said...

Fantastic shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this monument of love.

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Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi,

Thank you for the tour. I really enjoyed learning more about this famous place and your photos.

Hope you have a wonderful week,

Kathy M.

fjällripan said...

Must be a lovely place to visit! :)

chubskulit said...

beautiful captures!


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Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

What a pretty motiv. Very nice pics. lg Tina

Arti said...

A symbol of eternal love... Amazing..!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this monument of love.

Mac Leo said...

I have been to Taj Mahal so wonderful so beautiful this is a world wonder.