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Agra and Taj Mahal

Agra, or the city of the Taj, as it is known all over the world, forms the first destination on the itinerary of most travelers coming into India. Forming part of the famous 'Golden Triangle' (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra), it is placed on the western bank of the Yamuna. The magnificent Taj Mahal which is the pride of this city is set around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, which is split by watercourses - a reflection of the Persian style. Taj Mahal India, Taj, Taj Tour, Taj Legends, Taj Architecture, Taj Mahal Travel, Taj Travel The Taj Mahal itself is not set within the Charbagh but is located towards the far end of the enclosure near the bank of river Yamuna. The tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shahjahan are located in the basement, while their replicas are placed directly above in the upper hall. Besides the Taj Mahal, Agra is also home to some of the finest monuments of the Mughal period - Agra Fort, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Musamman Burj, Jehangir's Palace, Shish Mahal, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah, Akbar's Mausoleum, and the Mariyam's Tomb, to name a few. The Mughal love for nature can be seen at Agra in the form of Ram Bagh, one of the earliest gardens, laid by the Mughal ruler Babur, in 1528 AD.
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Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
We left 04:00 in New Dehli to be early morning at the Taj Mahal. Almost there, but miles away.

Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
Everybody has to play the tourist-game.

Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
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Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
Stone inlay walls
It is hard to take pictures of the Taj Mahal. Everything is iconographic. How to photograph such a classic? A detail of the stone inlay walls.

Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
The terrace towards the river. A second Taj was intended to be build on the other side of the river in black stone.

Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
A typical Taj window
A typical Taj window

Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
Local tourists
Local tourists, colorful.

Oct. 9, 2005 - Taj Mahal
Local craftsmen
Local craftsmen work on stone inlay masterpieces..

Oct. 9, 2005 - Route to Agra
Route to Agra
The route to and from Agra needed some Traffic instructions. Bali our driver explains:
"To drive a car in India you need four things :
1. Be brave, 2. a good horn, 3. good brakes, 4. lot of luck.

Oct. 9, 2005 - Route to Agra
Impressive trucks
Impressive trucks shared with us the road.