Hubby’s Travel… Taj Mahal, India 2012

HE MADE A trip to Taj Mahal in Agra some four hours drive from India’s capital New Delhi on 3rd November 2012.

The majestic marble mausoleum, built in 1631, has come to be known as a monument of eternal love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.

According to the “Taj Mahal’s Story” in its official website (www.tajmahal.gov.in)… Mumtaz “died while accompanying her husband in Burhanpur in a campaign to crush a rebellion after giving birth to their 13th child” and building the Taj was one of the four promises she extracted from him before her death. In fulfilling his promise, he produced one of the wonders of the world, now listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

The majestic Taj Mahal looms from afar.

The majestic Taj Mahal looms from afar.

At the ticket counter near the West Gate aka Fatehpuri Darwaza (there is a huge difference in ticket price for locals and foreigners).

At the ticket counter near the West Gate aka Fatehpuri Darwaza (there is a huge difference in ticket price for locals and foreigners).

Approaching the Main Gate or the Great Gate aka Darwaza-i-Rauza that leads to the Taj.

Approaching the Main Gate or the Great Gate aka Darwaza-i-Rauza that leads to the Taj.

Touching the tip of the Taj!

Touching the tip of the Taj!

It’s still a long walk to the get to the other end.

It’s still a long walk to the get to the other end.

Finally arrived at the entrance of the main mausoleum.

Finally arrived at the entrance of the main mausoleum.

Exquisite workmanship on marbles.

Exquisite workmanship on marbles.

View of the Taj compound from the main mausoleum towards the Great Gate.

View of the Taj compound from the main mausoleum towards the Great Gate.

 

 

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