Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
45Trip End Mar 18, 2011
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The crowds (20,000 to 30,000) are there each day from opening to closing. Therefore, to get a picture without people is not possible! I could not find away to have them close it to the public for our visit.
I produced a short video/slide show and added many pictures to the entry, but none can capture the vastness and beauty of the Taj Mahal in person.
A little history of the site:
Completed in 1652 (358 years ago), the Tāj Mahal was built by the Mughal King Shāh Jahān as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtāz Mahal who died giving birth to her 14th child
Built by the Persian architect, Ustād 'Īsā, the Tāj Mahal is on the bank of the Yamuna River. It is an acknowledged masterpiece of symmetry. Verses of the Koran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate are twenty-two small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to build.
The Tāj Mahal was built on a marble platform that stands above a sandstone one. The most elegant dome of the Tāj Mahal has a diameter of 60 feet (18 m), and rises to a height of 80 feet (24 m); directly under this dome is the tomb of Mumtāz Mahal. Shah Jahān's tomb was erected next to hers by his son Aurangzeb. The interiors are decorated by fine inlay work, incorporating semi-precious stones.