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The mausoleum of the Taj Mahal
.The Taj Mahal (English pronunciation: /ˈtɑːʒ məˈhɑːl/; Hindi: ताज महल [taːdʑ mɛɦɛl]; Persian/Urdu: تاج محل) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.^ Later visit the elegant Fort ; and the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by the ; Mughal King Shah Jahan in the loving memory of ; his queen.

^ The Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal) constructed the Red Fort in 1638.

^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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.The Taj Mahal (also "the Taj") is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.^ Students of Indian history will certainly remember Qutub Minar is the highest stone tower in India and is one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised.
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^ The Taj Mahal, generally allowed to be the most exquisite piece of Muhammadan architecture in the world, commemorates his wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal.
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^ The fort was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of the finest ; examples of Rajput Architecture.

[1][2] In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."
.While the white domed marble mausoleum is its most familiar component, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures.^ Taj Mahal / Le Taj Mahal - Criteria (i) ; An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal ; emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India ; and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

^ The structure is absolutely unique, being a square pyramid; of five stories, the uppermost of which is built of pure white; marble, while the four lower ones are of red sandstone.
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^ Visit world famous "Taj Mahal", the monument of love ; immortalized in marble.

.Building began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, and employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen.^ The usual time assigned for the completion of the building is twenty-two years, and it is generally added that 20,000 workmen were continually employed in its construction.
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^ Building began in 1641 and it took over twenty thousand labourers and artisans drawn from Persia and Europe to complete over a 22 year period.

^ Work on the; Tāj began in 1632, and so appears to have been completed about; the close of, 1653 (Tavernier, Travels , transl.
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[3] .The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.^ Mir Abd-ul Karim had been the favourite architect of the previous emperor Jahangir and is mentioned as a supervisor,[h] together with Makramat Khan,[24] of the construction of the Taj Mahal.
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^ In a related article on the Origins, it said this: Two architects are mentioned by name, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri[1][23] and Mir Abd-ul Karim in writings by Lahauri's son Lutfullah Muhandis.
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^ Indeed, "baby Taj," or Itimad-ud-Daulah, was built four years before construction of the Taj Mahal was started.
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[4][5] Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.[6]

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Origin and inspiration

Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal -"Shah jahan on a globe" from the Smithsonian Institution
Artistic depiction of Mumtaz Mahal
.In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was griefstricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their fourteenth child, Gauhara Begum.^ The great Taj was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
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^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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^ In 1612, Emperor Shah Jahan married.

[7] .Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, one year after her death.^ Mir Abd-ul Karim had been the favourite architect of the previous emperor Jahangir and is mentioned as a supervisor,[h] together with Makramat Khan,[24] of the construction of the Taj Mahal.
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^ After that you have lunch at a hotel in Agra ; and visit the wonderful "Taj Mahal", constructed by ; Shah Jahan, as a symbol of love for his beloved wife ; Mumtaz Mahal.

^ It's strange, but even though the Taj Mahal is legendary, it is one of the few places I have ever been that actually surpasses all of the hype surrounding it.

[8] .The court chronicles of Shah Jahan's grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ I loved seeing and experiencing the Taj Mahal - my reason for going to India!
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^ Visit world famous "Taj Mahal", the monument of love ; immortalized in marble.

[9][10] .The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.^ This year a complete register of the kingdom is finished.
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^ Morning tour of New Delhi which is in complete contrast with Old Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains ; surrounding the imposing Government and State Buildings.

^ The usual time assigned for the completion of the building is twenty-two years, and it is generally added that 20,000 workmen were continually employed in its construction.
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Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:[11]
.Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
^ Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
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^ All should live together in harmony supporting one another like the spokes of a wheel of the chariot connecting its rim and the hub.
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^ The Japanese become mothers frequently at fourteen, and here was one who was certainly no older, as brown and nearly as naked as her baby.
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.Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
^ Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are sure to be washed away.
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^ Yes, but I think we might have overdone it because all our actions TODAY somehow always have a way of being influenced by past.
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^ Dont support raceism in the name of Brahmism.; I am Brahmin but I am ashamed of my past.; We should all get read of Brahminism!!; Dont support Brahminism.
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.The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
^ The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs And makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes.
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^ Her fine large eyes shed many a tear as she was getting into her palankeen to return.
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^ Her; fine large eyes shed many a tear as she was getting into her; palankeen to return.
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In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.
.The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian architecture and earlier Mughal architecture.^ The Taj Mahal, generally allowed to be the most exquisite piece of Muhammadan architecture in the world, commemorates his wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal.
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^ Outstanding Universal Value ; The planning and design of the Red Fort represents a culmination of architectural development ; initiated in 1526 AD by the first Mughal Emperor and brought to a splendid refinement by Shah Jahan ; with a fusion of traditions: Islamic, Persian, Timurid and Hindu.

^ Criterion (ii): The final flourishing of Mughal architecture built upon local traditions but enlivened them ; with imported ideas, techniques, craftsmanship and designs to provide a fusion of Islamic, Persian, ; Timurid and Hindu traditions.

.Specific inspiration came from successful Timurid and Mughal buildings including; the Gur-e Amir (the tomb of Timur, progenitor of the Mughal dynasty, in Samarkand),[12] Humayun's Tomb, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb (sometimes called the Baby Taj), and Shah Jahan's own Jama Masjid in Delhi.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ Humayun's Tomb, Delhi / Tombe de Humayun, Delhi - Criteria (ii) (iv) ; This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the ; Indian subcontinent.

^ Imperial tombs of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties, China (WHC 1004) ; CALL NO: CH.TOM.27 : 1-16 (WHC 1004).

.While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, and buildings under his patronage reached new levels of refinement.^ Three kinds of stones are used--white marble, red sandstone, and the fine white and flesh-coloured sandstone of Rupbas.
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^ The Red Fort is considered to represent ; the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement.

^ The tomb is built of red sandstone, and surmounted by a dome of white marble.
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[13]

Architecture

The tomb

The central focus of the complex is the tomb. .This large, white marble structure stands on a square plinth and consists of a symmetrical building with an iwan (an arch-shaped doorway) topped by a large dome and finial.^ The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, an exercise in symmetry.
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^ The building itself is a large and admirable structure, well adapted to the puri)OSP, quite worthy to contain the choice art treasures beneath its i-oof.
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^ The whole structure appears to sparkle like a diamond in the bright slanting rays ; and the pure white dome, raised on a marble pavement, viewed from a distance, looks like a brilliant pearl on a silvery plate.
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.Like most Mughal tombs, the basic elements are Persian in origin.^ The most; imposing and original of all Indian domes are those of the Jumma; Musjid and of the Tomb of Mahmud , both at Bijapur, the latter; 137 feet in span (Fig.
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The Taj Mahal seen from the banks of river Yamuna
.The base structure is essentially a large, multi-chambered cube with chamfered corners, forming an unequal octagon that is approximately 55 meters on each of the four long sides.^ The beautiful gateway at the entrance of the gardens of the Taj forms each of the four sides of the tomb of Mansur Ali Khan, with all its chaste beauty of design, proportion, and ornament.
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^ The ma- terial which is being employed for the purpose is also the same, and is composed of a conglomerate of small stones and cement in the form of large cubes.
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^ On the north bank stands a large fort, the ramparts of cut stone, with four bomb-proof chambers.
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.On each of these sides, a massive pishtaq, or vaulted archway, frames the iwan with two similarly shaped, arched balconies stacked on either side.^ Its ; multifoil arched entrance with two small pavilions on both its sides is painted with ; Krishna-Radha theme and court and private life of kings and queens.
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^ It made it possible to resist the thrust by high side-aisles,; and yet to open windows above these under the cross-vaults.
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^ In the; place of these, free or engaged columns along the side-walls received; the ribs of the vaulting.
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.This motif of stacked pishtaqs is replicated on the chamfered corner areas, making the design completely symmetrical on all sides of the building.^ As soon as we heard of the attacks we contacted all sides to warn them that there were civilians and injured people in the area.” .

^ Chief among them was the; Parthenon , the shrine of Athena Parthenos, which the critics of; all schools have agreed in considering the most faultless in design and; execution of all buildings erected by man (Figs.
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^ The beggars importuned those better off on all sides, in order to make a living.
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.Four minarets frame the tomb, one at each corner of the plinth facing the chamfered corners.^ Three domes stand out like the petals of a crown and four minarets in all corners of the mosque give impression of a floral bouquet.

^ One day, around the riverbanks, the family saw a boat-like four-cornered iron safe.
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^ It is a square building, with a round bastion at each corner, and one on each face, rising into towers above the walls.
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.The main chamber houses the false sarcophagi of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan; the actual graves are at a lower level.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ The Red Fort is considered to represent ; the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement.

^ After that you have lunch at a hotel in Agra ; and visit the wonderful "Taj Mahal", constructed by ; Shah Jahan, as a symbol of love for his beloved wife ; Mumtaz Mahal.

.The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is the most spectacular feature.^ The tomb is built of red sandstone, and surmounted by a dome of white marble.
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^ In most existing instances it is surmounted by a dome, resting on eight columns out of twelve, which form a square with four columns on each side, including the corners.
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^ PRIMARY KEYWORDS: world heritage list; historic monuments and sites; funerary architecture; tombs; inlay; marble; ; minarets; domes; mosques; India.

.Its height of around 35 meters is about the same as the length of the base, and is accentuated as it sits on a cylindrical "drum" which is roughly 7 metres high.^ Range of low hills, Madura District, Madras Presidency ; about 12 miles in length, average height 1000 feet above the sea.
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^ It was about half a mile long, one hundred feet broad at the base, and about one hundred feet high.
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^ The citadel is 750 feet square and 35 feet high, surrounded by a ditch now almost undistinguishable, and having a central tower of 50 feet in height.
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Because of its shape, the dome is often called an onion dome or amrud (guava dome). The top is decorated with a lotus design, which also serves to accentuate its height. .The shape of the dome is emphasised by four smaller domed chattris (kiosks) placed at its corners, which replicate the onion shape of the main dome.^ It has four pavilions or kiosks on all corners.
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^ I remember one piece of information, which the shape of the dome over the main portion of the building gives colour to, for it is not of the conventional mosque design.
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^ Three domes stand out like the petals of a crown and four minarets in all corners of the mosque give impression of a floral bouquet.

.Their columned bases open through the roof of the tomb and provide light to the interior.^ Light was introduced most; probably through windows immediately under the roof and divided by small; columns forming mullions, as suggested by certain relief pictures.
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^ Light was admitted above these walls,; which measured about half the height of the columns and were interrupted; at the centre by a curious doorway cut through their whole height and; without any lintel.
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^ These features of the architrave, as well as the fine flutings and; moulded bases of the columns, are found in Ionic architecture, and in; part, at least, in Lycian tombs.
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.Tall decorative spires (guldastas) extend from edges of base walls, and provide visual emphasis to the height of the dome.^ The north-south oriented rubble wall ; provided at the western end across STR-3 measuring 8.40 m in length with a height of 42 cm ; was again a later addition.
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^ Originally, the wall (over 25 feet in height and 15-30 feet at its base) was ; erected along the southern boundary of the Mongolian plains to protect China from ; northern invaders.
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^ The plain bedding course, (20 cm in height) accommodated a decorated course (15 cm ; in height) with projecting semiarch motifs provided at a regular interval of 0.60 m.
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The lotus motif is repeated on both the chattris and guldastas. .The dome and chattris are topped by a gilded finial, which mixes traditional Persian and Hindu decorative elements.^ Covered ; in elaborate brickwork with a blue tile inscription at the top, it is noteworthy for the quality of its ; architecture and decoration, which represent the culmination of an architectural and artistic tradition in ; this region.

.The main finial was originally made of gold but was replaced by a copy made of gilded bronze in the early 19th century.^ By the last decade of the 19th century ; when the Hawaiian islands were annexed to the United States, the Japanese made up ; two-thirds of the work force on the sugar plantations.
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^ In the early 19th century a great debate went on in Britain about the nature of the government in India.
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^ But the greatest irony is that his original fatawa of 1200 BCE, given in the 19th century, is sill ruling the roost in ceratin quarters even in the 21st century!
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.This feature provides a clear example of integration of traditional Persian and Hindu decorative elements.^ Criterion (ii): The final flourishing of Mughal architecture built upon local traditions but enlivened them ; with imported ideas, techniques, craftsmanship and designs to provide a fusion of Islamic, Persian, ; Timurid and Hindu traditions.

^ Their street plan, their architecture and decoration, and the integration of houses with comprehensive ; water systems are unique surviving examples.

The finial is topped by a moon, a typical Islamic motif whose horns point heavenward. .Because of its placement on the main spire, the horns of the moon and the finial point combine to create a trident shape, reminiscent of traditional Hindu symbols of Shiva.^ Morning leave for Jalgaon en-route visiting ; Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest ; of all Hindu symbols, 'Om'.

^ In Hindu symbolism, the interpenetration of Shiva and Shakti is often symbolically represented by the Vajravarahi Mandala.
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^ Radha-Krishna Indian mythological traditions ; Katyani Puja main religious festival of Hindus .
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.The minarets, which are each more than 40 meters tall, display the designer's penchant for symmetry.^ Sometimes it takes more strength to walk away from a fight you shouldn’t be involved in than to display a false sense of macho and a false sense of courage by engaging in that fight.

^ The "Tree of Life" or Cypress is of sufficient importance in Oriental design to permit of some explanation of its significance, which is more subtle than might be imagined.
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^ This is sold by the basket of 30 local sers, being little more than 40 lbs.
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.They were designed as working minarets — a traditional element of mosques, used by the muezzin to call the Islamic faithful to prayer.^ The mosques are our barracks The domes our helmets The minarets our bayonets and The faithful our soldiers…” .

^ Their noblest works were temples, which; they designed with the utmost simplicity of general scheme, but carried; out with a mastery of proportion and detail which has never been; surpassed.
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^ At first Jews and then ; Muslims were the prime target for missionary work, but most Jews and Muslims ; remained loyal to their traditional faith.
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.Each minaret is effectively divided into three equal parts by two working balconies that ring the tower.^ The force was divided into three columns.
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^ The town is divided into two parts — the Kasba and the Pet.
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^ An; intermediate range of buttresses and pinnacles was built over the; intermediate piers where double aisles flanked the nave and choir, thus; dividing the single flying arch into two arches.
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.At the top of the tower is a final balcony surmounted by a chattri that mirrors the design of those on the tomb.^ The towers,; however, are rather squat in proportion, and the general design of; the building very far from being so pleasing as that of many less; pretentious tombs in the neighbourhood.
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^ The towers, however, are rather squat in proportion, and the general design of the building very far from being so pleasing as that of many less pretentious tombs in the neighbourhood.
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.The chattris all share the same decorative elements of a lotus design topped by a gilded finial.^ All of these structures are kindred in design, re- producing here at Tanjore the spirit and many of the same figures which were seen at Madura and Trichi- nopoly.
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^ In general the decorative element prevailed over the; constructive in the design of these picturesquely beautiful churches,; some of which are of noble size.
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^ All of these palaces are designed on the same; general principle, best shown by the plan (Fig.
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.The minarets were constructed slightly outside of the plinth so that, in the event of collapse, (a typical occurrence with many tall constructions of the period) the material from the towers would tend to fall away from the tomb.^ The minarets tilt slightly away from the main structure so as to fall outward in the event of earthquake.
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^ An object dropped from the roof of the 110-story-tall towers would reach the ground in about 9.2 seconds.

^ Periodically, the Pakistan Army likes to present some useful idiots (as Lenin would have called them) as elected representatives and we swoon over such events.

Exterior decoration

Calligraphy on large pishtaq
.The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture.^ The Taj Mahal, generally allowed to be the most exquisite piece of Muhammadan architecture in the world, commemorates his wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal.
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^ The great Taj was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
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^ Later visit the elegant Fort ; and the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by the ; Mughal King Shah Jahan in the loving memory of ; his queen.

.May 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] As the surface area changes the decorations are refined proportionally.^ The patterns do not quite fit the places where they are put, and the spaces are not always those best suited for this style of decoration.
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^ The; patterns do not quite fit the places where they are put, and the; spaces are not always those best suited for this style of; decoration.
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^ Among the important features of a Mesolithic habitaton pattern mention may be made of ; human burial, hearths and hard burnt surfaces within the habitation area.
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.The decorative elements were created by applying paint, stucco, stone inlays, or carvings.^ The ceilings of the three tombs of this structure were decorated ; with painted stucco floral designs.
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^ The architectural decorative art, beautifully carved stone pieces, stucco specimens depicting religious and secular figures and other architectural elements adorn both religious and secular buildings.

^ Nearby is the ; ornate Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) which is five ; stories high and is decorated with delicate screens ; carved from stone.

.In line with the Islamic prohibition against the use of anthropomorphic forms, the decorative elements can be grouped into either calligraphy, abstract forms or vegetative motifs.^ Maria della Spina , on the; Arno, at Pisa, is an instance of the successful decorative use of Gothic; forms in minor buildings.
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^ Just a short while ago, a group of Negro pastors in the US, formed a group to combat Islamic slavery amongst the blacks, both Muslim and non-Muslim in Africa.
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^ It did seem at that time, that this group of historians in Delhi were lined up against the archaeologists--a divide that continues.
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Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur'an are used as decorative elements. Recent scholarship suggests that the passages were chosen by Amanat Khan.[14][15] The texts refer to themes of judgment and include:
Surah 91 – The Sun
Surah 112 – The Purity of Faith
Surah 89 – Daybreak
Surah 93 – Morning Light
Surah 95 – The Fig
Surah 94 – The Solace
Surah 36 – Ya Sin
Surah 81 – The Folding Up
Surah 82 – The Cleaving Asunder
Surah 84 – The Rending Asunder
Surah 98 – The Evidence
Surah 67 – Dominion
Surah 48 – Victory
Surah 77 – Those Sent Forth
Surah 39 – The Crowds
The calligraphy on the Great Gate reads "O Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you."[15]
The calligraphy was created by the Persian calligrapher Abd ul-Haq, who came to India from Shiraz, Iran, in 1609. Shah Jahan conferred the title of "Amanat Khan" upon him as a reward for his "dazzling virtuosity".[5] Near the lines from the Qur'an at the base of the interior dome is the inscription, "Written by the insignificant being, Amanat Khan Shirazi."[16] Much of the calligraphy is composed of florid thuluth script, made of jasper or black marble,[5] inlaid in white marble panels. Higher panels are written in slightly larger script to reduce the skewing effect when viewed from below. .The calligraphy found on the marble cenotaphs in the tomb is particularly detailed and delicate.^ The marble tomb or cenotaph of the; queen still exists in the vault.
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^ The marble tomb or cenotaph of the queen still exists in the vault.
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.Abstract forms are used throughout, especially in the plinth, minarets, gateway, mosque, jawab and, to a lesser extent, on the surfaces of the tomb.^ A fine gateway formerly stood at the entrance to the enclosure, and there was a small mosque to the west of the tomb (_A.S.R._ vol.
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^ The surface of the ground is broken at intervals by the remains of the old Hindu suburbs, the ruins of mosques, and Musalman tombs.
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^ A fine gateway formerly stood at; the entrance to the enclosure, and there was a small mosque to the; west of the tomb ( A.S.R. vol.
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.The domes and vaults of the sandstone buildings are worked with tracery of incised painting to create elaborate geometric forms.^ The; whole formed an elaborate and complex aggregation of connected; buildings, often of great size and beauty, especially the refectories; and cloisters.
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^ The; groined vault was common, but always approximated the form of a dome, by; a longitudinal convexity upward in the intersecting vaults.
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^ The dome is of white marble, and exactly of the same form as that of the Taj; but it stands on a neck or base of sandstone with twelve sides, and the marble is of a quality very inferior to that of the Taj.
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Herringbone inlays define the space between many of the adjoining elements. .White inlays are used in sandstone buildings, and dark or black inlays on the white marbles.^ The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, an exercise in symmetry.
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^ Three kinds of stones are used--white marble, red sandstone, and the fine white and flesh-coloured sandstone of Rupbas.
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^ The white marble that forms the substance of the building; came, Mr. Keene thinks, from Makrāna near Jaipur, but; according to Mr. Hacket ( Records of the Geographical Survey of; India , x.
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.Mortared areas of the marble buildings have been stained or painted in a contrasting colour, creating geometric patterns of considerable complexity.^ The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, an exercise in symmetry.
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^ The marble screen is very richly cut, and the roof of; the arcade-like verandah is finely painted in a flower pattern.; Altogether there is a quaint look about the building which cannot; fail to strike any one.
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^ The fact that this was a unique residential complex in the whole of the citadel area and its ; close proximity to the king's Audience Hall indicated that this building might have been used ; by the king for private audience.
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.Floors and walkways use contrasting tiles or blocks in tessellation patterns.^ Houses were made as before with uncut timber, though bricks ; now came into use for flooring, walls and wells and tiles for roofs.
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.On the lower walls of the tomb there are white marble dados that have been sculpted with realistic bas relief depictions of flowers and vines.^ The structure is absolutely unique, being a square pyramid; of five stories, the uppermost of which is built of pure white; marble, while the four lower ones are of red sandstone.
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^ Close by these is a similar tomb in white marble, representing, in the same position and style, Joanna and her husband, Philip of Burgundy.
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^ Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, this relatively modern temple houses an intricate bas relief map of the Indian subcontinent, carved entirely from white marble.
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.The marble has been polished to emphasise the exquisite detailing of the carvings and the dado frames and archway spandrels have been decorated with pietra dura inlays of highly stylised, almost geometric vines, flowers and fruits.^ CARVING AND SCULPTURE. The general superiority of French; Gothic work was fully maintained in its decorative details.
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^ THE IONIC ORDER was characterized by greater slenderness of; proportion and elegance of detail than the Doric, and depended more on; carving than on color for the decoration of its members (Fig.
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^ CARVED DETAILS. Internally the different stories were marked; by horizontal bands and cornices of white or inlaid marble richly; carved.
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.The inlay stones are of yellow marble, jasper and jade, polished and leveled to the surface of the walls.^ The ornamental stones used for the inlay work in the Tāj are; lapis lazuli, jasper, heliotrope, Chalcedon agate, chalcedony,; cornelian, sarde, plasma (or quartz and chlorite), yellow and; striped marble, clay slate, and nephrite, or jade ( Dr. Voysey,; in Asiatic Researches , vol.
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^ Internal marble ceiling and red sand stone wall were cover ; ed with thick muddy accretions which were cleaned chemically and preserved with 3% perspex ; solution in toluene.
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^ International workshop on conservation of architectural surfaces : stones and wall ; covering.

Interior decoration

Jali screen surrounding the cenotaphs
Tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
Cenotaphs, interior of Taj Mahal
.The interior chamber of the Taj Mahal steps far beyond traditional decorative elements.^ Three-dimensional finite element analysis of Taj Mahal structure.

^ Day 3 Delhi to Mandawa ; Drive to Mandawa, in the Shekhavati region, ; renowned for its havelis (traditional houses with ; interior courtyards) decorated with frescos.

^ There the interior was as vital as the defense and the decorative elements inside presented a panoramic view to the souls resting within.

.Here, the inlay work is not pietra dura but lapidary of precious and semiprecious gemstones.^ The restoration of the inlay of precious stones is so enormously expensive that much progress in that branch of the work is impracticable.
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^ The; restoration of the inlay of precious stones is so enormously; expensive that much progress in that branch of the work is; impracticable.
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.The inner chamber is an octagon with the design allowing for entry from each face, although only the south garden-facing door is used.^ The temple itself faces the west, but the mandap or antard/a, the entrance hall, has also doors to the north and south.
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^ The Mutiny did not directly affect Stoton's regiment in South India although it was moved to Trichinopoly to allow a regiment stationed there to be moved north.
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^ The shrine, which is the only enclosed part of the Rishabhanath temple, has four doors, facing the cardinal points.
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.The interior walls are about 25 metres high and topped by a "false" interior dome decorated with a sun motif.^ It is fourteen stories high, and in the absence of figures we should say was over two hun- dred feet from the base to the top, and about eighty feet square at the ground.
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^ The top spreads out into a picturesque plateau, about 14 miles in length and 2 to 4 in breadth, broken by fantastic peaks and surrounded by a natural wall of granite.
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^ We left the 'ramnā', which; is a quadrangle of about one hundred acres of thick grass, shrubs,; and brushwood, enclosed by a high stone wall.
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.Eight pishtaq arches define the space at ground level and, as with the exterior, each lower pishtaq is crowned by a second pishtaq about midway up the wall.^ When speaking of the fine and durable masonry, reference was had to the lofty inclosing walls, causeways, and steps which lead up to the broad ground and tombs at Nikko.
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^ The deficiency of; trees in the country about Agra is partly due to nature, much of; the ground being cut up by ravines, and unfavourable for; planting.
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^ The excavation revealed a massive brick wall ; measuring 4.10 m in width and 3.48 m in height from the original ground level.
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.The four central upper arches form balconies or viewing areas, and each balcony's exterior window has an intricate screen or jali cut from marble.^ It rises in the snowy ranges of the Himalayas, and runs through the central valley which forms the upper part of the Garhwal District.
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^ The marble screen is very richly cut, and the roof of the arcade-like verandah is finely painted in a flower pattern.
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^ At the ; Jama Masjid, originally Ranaka Devi's palace, jungle-cutting and repairs to the balcony, ; terrace and arches were carried out.
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.In addition to the light from the balcony screens, light enters through roof openings which are covered by chattris at the corners.^ Light was introduced most; probably through windows immediately under the roof and divided by small; columns forming mullions, as suggested by certain relief pictures.
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^ We were; enjoying ourselves immensely, so when an official cover reached us; with the signature of the dreaded Deputy-Commissioner in the corner,; we agreed that it would be unwise to open it just then.
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^ It; is possible that many rooms depended wholly on artificial light or on; the scant rays coming through open doors.
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.Each chamber wall has been highly decorated with dado bas relief, intricate lapidary inlay and refined calligraphy panels, reflecting in miniature detail the design elements seen throughout the exterior of the complex.^ Bara Gumbad Mosque, Lodi Tomb Complex, Delhi.— The walls, tomb and the arch ; ways of this structure were profusely, decorated with designs and inscriptions in stucco work ; and painted in multicolours.
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^ Extensive wall-paintings decorating the walls ; and ceiling of this monument were taken up for chemical treatment and several panels successfully ; treated and preserved.
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^ Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, this relatively modern temple houses an intricate bas relief map of the Indian subcontinent, carved entirely from white marble.
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.The octagonal marble screen or jali which borders the cenotaphs is made from eight marble panels which have been carved through with intricate pierce work.^ As you get closer, you can see intricate patterns carved into the walls; colourful floral designs made from a number of precious and semi-precious materials that represent paradise on earth and black calligraphy that extends the borders of the archways over the doors.

^ It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of ; marble.

^ Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, this relatively modern temple houses an intricate bas relief map of the Indian subcontinent, carved entirely from white marble.
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.The remaining surfaces have been inlaid in extremely delicate detail with semiprecious stones forming twining vines, fruits and flowers.^ The red sandstone of the other Muhammadan buildings has disappeared : or rather the red sandstone, where used to form the thickness of the walls, is in the Taj overlaid completely with white marble ; and the white marble is itself inlaid with precious stones arranged in lovely patterns of flowers.
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^ The mausoleum itself, the terrace upon which it stands, and the; minarets, are all formed of the finest white marble, inlaid with; precious stones.
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^ Many of the floors represented delicate vines and blooming flowers in precious stones, like the modern Florentine mosaic work one sees in such perfection wrouglit upon tables at the shops that line the Arno in Florence.
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.Muslim tradition forbids elaborate decoration of graves and hence Mumtaz and Shah Jahan are laid in a relatively plain crypt beneath the inner chamber with their faces turned right and towards Mecca.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ The entrance to; these faces eastward as required by tradition; the remoter end of the; excavation pointing toward the land of the Sun of Night.
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^ After that you have lunch at a hotel in Agra ; and visit the wonderful "Taj Mahal", constructed by ; Shah Jahan, as a symbol of love for his beloved wife ; Mumtaz Mahal.

.Mumtaz Mahal's cenotaph is placed at the precise center of the inner chamber on a rectangular marble base of 1.5 meters by 2.5 meters.^ A precision autopilot developed at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center uses the GPS data to control the aircraft’s flight path to within 5 meters.

.Both the base and casket are elaborately inlaid with precious and semiprecious gems.^ But both the cenotaphs are inlaid with flowers made of costly gems, and with the ever graceful oleander scroll.
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Calligraphic inscriptions on the casket identify and praise Mumtaz. On the lid of the casket is a raised rectangular lozenge meant to suggest a writing tablet. .Shah Jahan's cenotaph is beside Mumtaz's to the western side and is the only visible asymmetric element in the entire complex.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ After that you have lunch at a hotel in Agra ; and visit the wonderful "Taj Mahal", constructed by ; Shah Jahan, as a symbol of love for his beloved wife ; Mumtaz Mahal.

^ Mumtaz-i-Mahall* (_alias_ Arjumand Banu Begam, _alias_ Nawab Aliya Begam), *Empress of Shah Jahan*.
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.His cenotaph is bigger than his wife's, but reflects the same elements: a larger casket on slightly taller base, again decorated with astonishing precision with lapidary and calligraphy that identifies him.^ HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS OF EAST ASIA ; CHINA ; Slightly larger in size than the United States, China is the third largest country in ; the world—only Russia and Canada are larger.
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^ The Philippines is a mountainous, island ; group, slightly larger than Arizona.

^ But nothing could be more picturesque than the way in which it grows, as it were, out of its rocky base, and reflects its architectural beauties on the water.
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On the lid of this casket is a traditional sculpture of a small pen box. .The pen box and writing tablet were traditional Mughal funerary icons decorating men's and women's caskets respectively.^ Men, and sometimes women, in bright traditional robes dance and shout around frantically following their own path to enlightenment.

.The Ninety Nine Names of God are to be found as calligraphic inscriptions on the sides of the actual tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, in the crypt including "O Noble, O Magnificent, O Majestic, O Unique, O Eternal, O Glorious...^ The inscription found on one of the sherds reads as 'Vadhama' indicating the ; ancient name of the village.
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^ All the regions named are now included in the Agra Province of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, in which the editor served for twenty-nine years.
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^ We; are told that the name of the god Rām (Rāma) and his; consort Sītā will be found written by the hand of God; upon all.
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"
. The tomb of Shah Jahan bears a calligraphic inscription that reads; "He traveled from this world to the banquet-hall of Eternity on the night of the twenty-sixth of the month of Rajab, in the year 1076 Hijri."

The garden

Walkways beside reflecting pool
.The complex is set around a large 300-meter square charbagh or Mughal garden.^ Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with ; waterfalls, the complex is made up of 33 villas offering 195 rooms ; and suites.

^ The authenticity of the ; Mughal and British buildings in the Red Fort Complex is established, although more work is needed to ; ; ; 115 ; establish the veracity of the current garden layout.

^ The government built its entire case instead around disputed events in the 300-square-foot room of the Ghazni police station.

.The garden uses raised pathways that divide each of the four quarters of the garden into 16 sunken parterres or flowerbeds.^ The town is divided into two portions, the kasbd or agricultural portion, and the mandi or trading quarter.
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^ Their houses may be; divided into four classes: the palace, the villa, the domus or; ordinary house, and the insula or many-storied tenement built in; compact blocks.
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^ The cul- tivated area is divided officially, as in other Madras Districts, into ■ wet, 1 ' dry,' and ' garden ' lands.
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.A raised marble water tank at the center of the garden, halfway between the tomb and gateway with a reflecting pool on a north-south axis, reflects the image of the mausoleum.^ It stared back serenely, the white marble glistening in the early morning light, the pools of water smooth like stainless steel blades cutting through the gardens.

^ Nothing could dissuade her from burning; and in; the morning a pile was raised for her, on the north bank of the; large tank of Hanumān,[15] where you have planted an avenue of; trees.
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^ With its appendages of temples and smaller tombs, it occupies the whole of one side of a magnificent tank full of clear water; and on the other side it looks into a large and beautiful garden.
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.The raised marble water tank is called al Hawd al-Kawthar, in reference to the "Tank of Abundance" promised to Muhammad.^ A part of the silted up riverbed was turned into a huge water reservoir called Tara Dighi, the deeper central part of which has now been turned into two modern tanks.
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[17] .Elsewhere, the garden is laid out with avenues of trees and fountains.^ Day 2 Chennai to Bangalore ; Morning train Shatabadi Express to Bangalore, ; noted for its gardens, tree-line avenues and ; Gothic churches.

^ Mānmōr commenced; a large tank and garden, and had laid out about twenty thousand; rupees in the work, when he died.
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^ Trees have now been planted in their vicinity, and gardens laid out, making the only green spot in the Settlement.
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[18] .The charbagh garden, a design inspired by Persian gardens, was introduced to India by the first Mughal emperor, Babur.^ It was re- erected by the Mughal Emperor Jahangfr, who added a Persian legend, to commemorate his accession in 1605 a.d.
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^ In 1613, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir granted permission to the Company to establish its factory in Surat, western India.
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^ These fine old Brescian instruments correspond well with the early carpets in which the first bold crude idea of the sixteenth century Persian designs is to be traced.
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.It symbolizes the four flowing rivers of Jannah (Paradise) and reflects the Paradise garden derived from the Persian paridaeza, meaning 'walled garden'. In mystic Islamic texts of Mughal period, Paradise is described as an ideal garden of abundance with four rivers flowing from a central spring or mountain, separating the garden into north, west, south and east.^ It flows west to east.

^ South Asia was partitioned; into India and East/West Pakistan.

^ It is 3230 miles; from west to east and 3480 miles from north to south.

Most Mughal charbaghs are rectangular with a tomb or pavilion in the center. .The Taj Mahal garden is unusual in that the main element, the tomb, is located at the end of the garden.^ Three-dimensional finite element analysis of Taj Mahal structure.

^ The Taj Mahal at Agra completed by Shahjahan, as the tomb of Arjumand Banu Begam Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1 631 .
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^ While we travel to see sights like the Taj Mahal and other famous tourist spots, our main focus is to see and experience life that is different from ours.
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.With the discovery of Mahtab Bagh or "Moonlight Garden" on the other side of the Yamuna, the interpretation of the Archaeological Survey of India is that the Yamuna river itself was incorporated into the garden's design and was meant to be seen as one of the rivers of Paradise.^ India has no one else to blam e for this predicament other than itself.

^ Calcutta, Archaeological Survey of India, 1984.

^ Madras, Archaeological Survey of India, snd.

[19] .The similarity in layout of the garden and its architectural features with the Shalimar Gardens suggest that they may have been designed by the same architect, Ali Mardan.^ Are you trying to suggest that they are the same ???
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^ This last is the pearl of Indian architecture, though it is said to have; been designed by a European architect, French or Italian.
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^ Suggestions of the Pisan arcade system are found in widely scattered; examples in the east and south of Italy, mingled with features of; Lombard and Byzantine design.
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[20] .Early accounts of the garden describe its profusion of vegetation, including abundant roses, daffodils, and fruit trees.^ Flowers are always in bloom in the open fields and gardens, trees ever putting forth their leaves, and perpetual youth is evinced by the entire vegetable kingdom.
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^ Here we observed gardens filled with flowers and fruit trees ; vegetation being in its most verdant dress, promoted by irrigation from the neighboring fresh-water canal.
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^ T he giant large fruit bat roosts by day on large Banyan trees in Jinnah Gardens and Lahore Zoo.

[21] .As the Mughal Empire declined, the tending of the garden also declined, and when the British took over the management of Taj Mahal during the time of the British Empire, they changed the landscaping to resemble that of lawns of London.^ During the later period of the Mughal empire they fell into ruin, but were restored by Ran jit Singh, stucco being substituted for the marble of which the central pavilion was originally constructed.
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^ The magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra is a fitting archive of this great Empire.
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^ This episode was completed by the acceptance of British suzerainty by the Rajput chiefs of Rajasthan , central India, and Kathiawar , as they had formerly accepted the Mughals.
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[22]

Outlying buildings

The Great gate (Darwaza-i rauza)—gateway to the Taj Mahal
.The Taj Mahal complex is bounded on three sides by crenellated red sandstone walls, with the river-facing side left open.^ The walls are of rubble, faced with red sandstone.
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^ The walls are of rubble, faced with red; sandstone.
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^ Three kinds of stones are used--white marble, red sandstone, and the fine white and flesh-coloured sandstone of Rupbas.
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.Outside the walls are several additional mausoleums, including those of Shah Jahan's other wives, and a larger tomb for Mumtaz's favorite servant.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ He was the first one in the series in which many others Taliban leaders including those from Afghanistan [ fighting against NATO & ISAF forces in Afghanistan] have been arrested by Pakistan.

^ At other seasons more than three-fourths; consist of the other two classes—of persons hired for the; purpose as servants, and those who carry the water for sale.
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.These structures, composed primarily of red sandstone, are typical of the smaller Mughal tombs of the era.^ The structure is absolutely unique, being a square pyramid; of five stories, the uppermost of which is built of pure white; marble, while the four lower ones are of red sandstone.
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^ This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long ; enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers.

^ Shah Pir is a fine structure of red sandstone, erected about A.D. 1620 by Nur Jahan, the wife of the Emperor Jahangir, in memory of a pious fakir named Shah Pir.
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.The garden-facing inner sides of the wall are fronted by columned arcades, a feature typical of Hindu temples which was later incorporated into Mughal mosques.^ The old chief received us at; the bottom of a fine flight of steps leading up to a handsome; pavilion, built upon the wall of one of the faces of this garden.; It was enclosed at the back, and in front looked into the garden; through open arcades.
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^ The two lateral arches under the dome are filled by clearstory walls; pierced by twelve windows, and resting on arcades in two stories carried; by magnificent columns taken from ancient ruins.
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^ Its impressive entrance on the east side leads ; into an elegant octagonal hall, in the upper part of which is a projecting gallery faced in front by ; a low balcony of carved stones.
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.The wall is interspersed with domed chattris, and small buildings that may have been viewing areas or watch towers like the Music House, which is now used as a museum.^ So the villagers now build their houses from bricks and concrete though most of the village people have simple habits and limited needs.

^ Humiliation, along with settlements, roadblocks and; checkpoints, guns and tanks, and now a vast wall are used to control the; lives of the Palestinians.

^ May you see the positive views from now and work on those to make our country the country of our dreams.; ; Jai Hind ; ; 4/28/2006 5:33 PM .
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Arches in the Taj Mahal Mosque interior
.The main gateway (darwaza) is a monumental structure built primarily of marble which is reminiscent of Mughal architecture of earlier emperors.^ The structure is absolutely unique, being a square pyramid; of five stories, the uppermost of which is built of pure white; marble, while the four lower ones are of red sandstone.
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^ 'As originally built by Akbar, the; tomb was of red sandstone, and the marble trellis-work, the chief; ornament of the tomb, was erected subsequently by the Emperor; Jahāngīr' (Latif, Agra , p.
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^ The structure is absolutely unique, being a square pyramid of five stories, the uppermost of which is built of pure white marble, while the four lower ones are of red sandstone.
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.Its archways mirror the shape of tomb's archways, and its pishtaq arches incorporate the calligraphy that decorates the tomb.^ Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Lodi Tomb Complex, Delhi.— The niches above the arched ; openings of this tomb decorated with floral designs made of glazed tiles of different colours.
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.It utilizes bas-relief and pietra dura inlaid decorations with floral motifs.^ PRIMARY KEYWORDS: islamic architecture; archaeological finds; minarets; bas-reliefs; decorations and ornaments; ; decorative patterns; islamic art; Afghanistan.

.The vaulted ceilings and walls have elaborate geometric designs, like those found in the other sandstone buildings of the complex.^ The glacis is formed of a bed of basalt in; all stages of decomposition, with which this, like the other; sandstone hills of Central India, was once covered, and of the; debris and chippings of the rocks above.
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^ Brick was; used for the mass as well as the facing of walls and piers, and for the; vaulting in many buildings mainly built of stone.
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^ The side aisles were lighted by windows; which, like those in the clearstory, occupied nearly the whole available; wall-space under the vaulting.
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Taj Mahal mosque or masjid
.At the far end of the complex, there are two grand red sandstone buildings that are open to the sides of the tomb.^ But it was there, the two sides coexisting side by side.

^ I agree that there are two sides of any issue.
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^ Far below, the waters of a man made lake shimmered in the sunlight and there was a ferry crossing to our side of the dam.
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.Their backs parallel the western and eastern walls, and the two buildings are precise mirror images of each other.^ Mukhia, asserts from his two hour visit to the site that The parts of the walls still in tact do not suggest any particular structure: either a temple or a house or any other.
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^ The pulpit is always against the; dead wall at the back, and the audience face towards it, standing; with their backs to the open front of the building.
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^ Though somewhat English; in its plan, and (unlike most Italian churches) provided with two; western spires in the English manner, it is in all other respects; thoroughly Italian in aspect.
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.The western building is a mosque and the other is the jawab (answer), whose primary purpose was architectural balance, although it may have been used as a guesthouse.^ Of course, it also serves as an architectural balance for the; mosque.
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^ Of course, it also serves as an architectural balance for the mosque.
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^ The Judge's Court was originally the palace of a Musalmdn noble, built about the year 1600; the buildings at present used as a jail and a civil hospital were formerly mosques.
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.The distinctions between these two buildings include the lack of mihrab (a niche in a mosque's wall facing Mecca) in the jawab and that the floors of jawab have a geometric design, while the mosque floor was laid with outlines of 569 prayer rugs in black marble.^ In carrying out these instructions, I found that the Causes of series of previous efforts had failed from two distinct failures, causes.
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^ Many dazzling buildings— ; palaces, mosques, colleges, hospitals, and various royal buildings—were designed by ; the famous court architect, Sinan Pasha.
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^ These two were to be buffers between the company and the Marathas and possible marauders from the north.
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.The mosque's basic design of a long hall surmounted by three domes is similar to others built by Shah Jahan, particularly to his Masjid-Jahan Numa, or Jama Masjid, Delhi.^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ The Cloth Hall ; of Ypres (1304) is the earliest and most imposing among them;; similar halls were built not much later at Bruges ,; Louvain , Malines and Ghent .
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^ Built by Akbar and extensively added to by his grandson Shah Jahan, the differences between building styles is huge.

.The Mughal mosques of this period divide the sanctuary hall into three areas, with a main sanctuary and slightly smaller sanctuaries on either side.^ The force was divided into three columns.
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^ Characteristic cusp arches divide the inner chamber into three.
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^ The group was too large to tromp around together so participants had been divided up into three, smaller groups of about twenty schoolmates and spouses.
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.At the Taj Mahal, each sanctuary opens onto an enormous vaulting dome.^ Reflections from the Yamuna River onto the jewels chiseled in the Taj Mahal created changing hues, a symbol of the transitions and contrasts of India.
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^ You also visit wild ; life sanctuary of Ranthambore and one of seven wonders of the world 'TAJ MAHAL'.

^ Since it opened in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace & ; Tower, Mumbai has created its own unique history.

These outlying buildings were completed in 1643.

Construction

Ground layout of the Taj Mahal
.The Taj Mahal was built on a parcel of land to the south of the walled city of Agra.^ Afternoon city tour includes ; Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.

^ The Taj Mahal was built as a; tribute to her.

^ CHAPTER 52 Nur Jahan, the Aunt of the Empress Nur Mahal, over whose Remains the Taj is built.
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.Shah Jahan presented Maharajah Jai Singh with a large palace in the center of Agra in exchange for the land.^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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^ In later years, Shah Jahan's son dethroned him and imprisoned; him at the Agra Fort.

^ Raja Diwan Singh of Cherra-Punjl acknowledges British supremacy, and cedes land for a station at Cherra-Punjl in exchange for an equivalent at Silhat.
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[23] .An area of roughly three acres was excavated, filled with dirt to reduce seepage, and leveled at 50 meters above riverbank.^ Three ; ; ; 100 ; Indian Archaeology 1982-83 - A Review ; trenches were laid at different locations on the mound and a total area of 10 sq m was excavated.
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^ The Harappan strata which was found spread in an area of 2000 sq m, was 2.50 m thick and ; divisible into three phases.
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.In the tomb area, wells were dug and filled with stone and rubble to form the footings of the tomb.^ In; its earlier forms it consisted merely of decorative openings, circles,; and quatrefoils, pierced through slabs of stone ( plate-tracery ),; filling the window-heads over coupled windows.
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Instead of lashed bamboo, workmen constructed a colossal brick scaffold that mirrored the tomb. .The scaffold was so enormous that foremen estimated it would take years to dismantle.^ It takes an estimated $1 million to send each of them surging into Afghanistan for one year.

^ That’s what I estimate it would take in a country that size to get it under control,” Murtha said just a few weeks ago in an interview with the Associated Press.

^ The people were of opinion, they told me, that the Ganges, as a sacred stream, could last only sixty years more, when the Nerbudda would take its place.
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.According to the legend, Shah Jahan decreed that anyone could keep the bricks taken from the scaffold, and thus it was dismantled by peasants overnight.^ After the fall of the son, Shah Jahan was buried in; the Taj Mahal next to his wife (thus the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum).

^ Steevens, in his book In India^ from which I have already quoted, thus records Shah Jahan's last moments : " Being grown very feeble, he begged to be laid in a chamber of the palace wherefrom he could see the Taj Mahal.
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^ Headed by the architect Ustad Ahmad Lahwari, it is rumoured that Shah Jahan had his hands cut off after completion so he could never produce a better work.

.A fifteen kilometer tamped-earth ramp was built to transport marble and materials to the construction site and teams of twenty or thirty oxen pulled the blocks on specially constructed wagons.^ The Kutb mosque was constructed from the materials of; twenty- seven Hindoo temples.
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^ Nevertheless, Itimad-ud-Daulah is of special interest because it is the first Mogul construction in marble.
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^ The Kutb mosque was constructed from the materials of twenty- seven Hindoo temples.
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.An elaborate post-and-beam pulley system was used to raise the blocks into desired position.^ Between the Haqqani hit and the Rigi arrest, Pakistan set-up 26 border posts to block US hot pursuit into Balochistan.

^ Possibly the ; area was used successively and the position of different plans raised again and again.
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^ Even when the pointed arch and vault had; finally come into general use, the plan and the constructive system; still remained predominantly Romanesque.
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.Water was drawn from the river by a series of purs, an animal-powered rope and bucket mechanism, into a large storage tank and raised to a large distribution tank.^ She would swim across the river at night with the help of a large water pitcher (gharra), a common swimming aid in the villages even today.

^ Nothing could dissuade her from burning; and in; the morning a pile was raised for her, on the north bank of the; large tank of Hanumān,[15] where you have planted an avenue of; trees.
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^ With its appendages of temples and smaller tombs, it occupies the whole of one side of a magnificent tank full of clear water; and on the other side it looks into a large and beautiful garden.
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.It was passed into three subsidiary tanks, from which it was piped to the complex.^ After the tank-complex had ; ; ; 92 ; Indian Archaeology 1982-83 - A Review ; gone completely into disuse, there came up in the southern area a prominent house-complex, ; which had atleast three structural sub-phases.
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^ Will the Peshawar Corps gun its tanks and troop carriers and trucks and towed artillery and head into the Khyber Pass, and on to Jalalabad?

.The plinth and tomb took roughly 12 years to complete.^ It thus took eighteen years to complete.
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^ While at Allahabad, on the 13th January—quite the coolest time of; the year—I had a slight sunstroke, which it took me a very long time; to get over completely.
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^ It took ten years to complete and he triumphantly rode through the tangled streets of Old Delhi on the back of an elephant in celebration.

.The remaining parts of the complex took an additional 10 years and were completed in order of minarets, mosque and jawab, and gateway.^ It thus took eighteen years to complete.
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^ Even the mosque which is part of the burial complex allows you up on the roof to gaze at the tomb opposite.

^ While at Allahabad, on the 13th January—quite the coolest time of; the year—I had a slight sunstroke, which it took me a very long time; to get over completely.
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.Since the complex was built in stages, discrepancies exist in completion dates due to differing opinions on "completion". For example, the mausoleum itself was essentially complete by 1643, but work continued on the rest of the complex.^ The façade of Amiens, completed by 1288, is one of the; finest works of this style, of which an early example is the elaborate; parish church of St. Urbain at Troyes.
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^ The second Brihadisvara temple complex built by Rajendra I, was completed in ; 1035.

^ That year may be taken as the; date of the completion of the mausoleum itself, as distinguished; from the great mass of supplementary structures.
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.Estimates of the cost of construction vary due to difficulties in estimating costs across time.^ Its construction was first proposed in 1854, but due to the difficulty of the mountainous ; location, the work only started in 1891 and was completed in 1908.

.The total cost has been estimated to be about 32 million Rupees at that time.^ Built by Vung Tau Tourism and the Medical Care Company, the resort is estimated to have cost 80 billion VND (5 million USD) including 3.1 million USD for medical equipment.

^ [Footnote 1: The total coat of the coast and frontier defences amounted to the very; moderate sum of five crores of rupees, or about three and a half millions sterling.
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^ They cost about fifty rupees a pair—the; late famine has made them dear.'
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.The Taj Mahal was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia and over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials.^ He uses all local materials for his paintings.
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^ Taj Mahal, India (WHC 252) ; ACCESSION NO: 9806.

^ I loved seeing and experiencing the Taj Mahal - my reason for going to India!
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.The translucent white marble was brought from Rajasthan, the jasper from Punjab, jade and crystal from China.^ The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, an exercise in symmetry.
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.The turquoise was from Tibet and the Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, while the sapphire came from Sri Lanka and the carnelian from Arabia.^ On the surroundincr ^-rounds are the fragrant blossoms of nature ; within are flower - wreaths of mosaic blooming in jasper, carnelian, and lapis-lazuli, fresh and bright as when they came from the artist's hand centuries ago.
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^ During the time of the Mauryan Empire, Buddhism came to Bengal, and it was from there that Asoka's son, Mahinda, carried the message of the Enlightened One to Sri Lanka.
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^ Metallurgy progressed, and remains have been found of studios where lapis lazuli and turquoise were worked.

.In all, twenty eight types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble.^ The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, an exercise in symmetry.
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^ Three kinds of stones are used--white marble, red sandstone, and the fine white and flesh-coloured sandstone of Rupbas.
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^ It is covered with a gold-leaf in which are embedded semi-precious stones of a variety of colours.
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Artist's impression of the Taj Mahal, from the Smithsonian Institution
.A labour force of twenty thousand workers was recruited across northern India.^ The Sepoy Rebellion, started by Indian ; soldiers in the British army ( sepoys) in 1857 spread across northern India.
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^ Mirzapur (Mirzapore) on the Ganges, twenty-seven miles from Benares, was, in the author's time, the principal depot for the cotton and cloth trade of Northern India.
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^ In 1779 a British army was surrounded on its way to Pune, one month before a force sent by Hastings completed a brilliant march across India at Surat.
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.Sculptors from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India, stonecutters from Baluchistan, a specialist in building turrets, another who carved only marble flowers were part of the thirty-seven men who formed the creative unit.^ For example, he who would study the history of Oudh must search for it in the pargand or parish; in other parts of India, the zaminddri or estate is the historical unit ; in others, the chiefship ; while in a few, the rural districts were mere appendages to the great cities.
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^ The lower fort, now used as a jail, is garrisoned by 60 officers and men, who form a guard over the military prisoners confined there.
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^ Close to the city is a marble tablet, let into the wall, which contains the names of the English officers and men who fell in storming it.
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Some of the builders involved in construction of Taj Mahal are:
  • Ismail Afandi (a.ka. .Ismail Khan) of the Ottoman Empire — designer of the main dome.^ I remember one piece of information, which the shape of the dome over the main portion of the building gives colour to, for it is not of the conventional mosque design.
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  • .
  • Ustad Isa and Isa Muhammad Effendi of Persia — trained by Koca Mimar Sinan Agha of the Ottoman Empire and frequently credited with a key role in the architectural design.^ Austin de Bordeaux was wholly distinct from Muhammad-i-Isa, Ustad Afandi, and there is no reason to suppose that he had anything to do with the Taj.
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    ^ Sinan's Arsin: A Survey of Ottoman Architectural Metrology .
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    [26][27]
  • 'Puru' from Benarus, Persia — has been mentioned as a supervising architect.[28]
  • .
  • Qazim Khan, a native of Lahore - cast the solid gold finial.
  • Chiranjilal, a lapidary from Delhi — the chief sculptor and mosaicist.
  • Amanat Khan from Shiraz, Iran — the chief calligrapher.^ The Afghans defeat Muhammad Amin Khan, son of Mir Jumla, and proclaim their independence under a native chief.
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    ^ All the British troops brought to Delhi for the occasion were paraded; to the north, and the troops and retainers belonging to the Native; Chiefs to the south, of the pavilion.
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    ^ Jalal-ud-din Rausham, the Afghan chief, defeated and slain at Ghazni by Zain Khan Kokah whom Akbar now recalls to Lahor.
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  • Muhammad Hanif — a supervisor of masons.
  • Mir Abdul Karim and Mukkarimat Khan of Shiraz — handled finances and management of daily production.

History

Taj Mahal by Samuel Bourne, 1860.
.Soon after the Taj Mahal's completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort.^ Afternoon city tour includes ; Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.

^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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^ He was at once put under arrest.
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.Upon Shah Jahan's death, Aurangzeb buried him in the mausoluem next to his wife.^ Shah Pir is a fine structure of red sandstone, erected about A.D. 1620 by Nur Jahan, the wife of the Emperor Jahangir, in memory of a pious fakir named Shah Pir.
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^ After that you have lunch at a hotel in Agra ; and visit the wonderful "Taj Mahal", constructed by ; Shah Jahan, as a symbol of love for his beloved wife ; Mumtaz Mahal.

^ His wife, the Empress, was here delivered of a son, the present Emperor, of Hindustan, Akbar Shah;[4] and the Raja assigned to him and his heirs for ever the fee simple of this village.
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.By the late 19th century, parts of the buildings had fallen badly into disrepair.^ The area had become unstable in the latter part of the 18 th Century, following the over-extension of the Burmese-based Ahom kingdom, which reached into Assam.

^ The men were crowded into small badly-ventilated; buildings, and the sanitary arrangements were as deplorable; as the state of the water supply.
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^ AUTHORS: Farah & Dyck ; SUBJECT: Social Science ; ARMENIAN-AMERICANS: The first significant migration did not begin until the ; late 19th century.
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.During the time of the Indian rebellion of 1857, the Taj Mahal was defaced by British soldiers and government officials, who chiseled out precious stones and lapis lazuli from its walls.^ British Indian translator sues government .

^ Copy of general report on Meywar during the recent rebellion in India 1857-58.
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^ Seven; hundred British soldiers defeated seven times their number, capturing; five guns and a large quantity of ammunition and stores.
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.At the end of the 19th century, British viceroy Lord Curzon ordered a massive restoration project, which was completed in 1908.[31][32] He also commissioned the large lamp in the interior chamber, modeled after one in a Cairo mosque.^ Interiors: 19th Century Houses of Mahdia .
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^ Dimmed by; the lapse of centuries and disfigured by the vandalism of the Moslems,; this noble interior, by the harmony of its coloring and its impressive; grandeur, is one of the masterpieces of all time (Fig.
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^ Nearby the fort is this historic mosque in marble, modeled on the pattern of the one is red fort of Delhi.

.During this time the garden was remodeled with British-style lawns that are still in place today.^ After breakfast drive ; into the Nilgiri hills to Ooty (Queen of Nilgiri ; hills), a popular hill station during the British Raj, ; with its tea plantations, gardens and bungalows.

^ The place got its name changed from Talwandi Rai to Nankana in recognition of the teaching and services for humanity by Sat Guru, Nanak Dev Ji during his life time.

^ These gardens are the nice example ; of the Mughal style of constructing attractive places.

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Threats

Protective wartime scaffolding
.In 1942, the government erected a scaffolding in anticipation of an air attack by German Luftwaffe and later by Japanese Air Force.^ The unmanned spy planes will be supplied to the German Air Force that will see action in Afghanistan early next year.

^ Incidentally, if the government is unwilling to use the capability its air force has of shooting down drones, as was demonstrated to the PM recently, why are we acquiring such expensive systems?

^ Washington does not even bother to ask the impotent Islamabad government’s permission to launch air attacks inside Pakistan.

.During the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, scaffoldings were again erected to mislead bomber pilots.^ This pattern stayed in place even during the two wars with India (1965 and 1971).

^ But the new generation who were born after the war and comprise the biggest chunk of camp-dwellers don't have any affiliations with either India or Pakistan.
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^ During his visit to Pakistan, President Karzai said, “India is a close friend of Afghanistan but Pakistan is a brother of Afghanistan.

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.More recent threats have come from environmental pollution on the banks of Yamuna River including acid rain[34] due to the Mathura Oil Refinery,[35] which was opposed by Supreme Court of India directives.^ Evening, ; enjoy to sit on the bank of river coming down from the ; Ridzong side.

^ Come with clenched fists and punch the air and go straight to Supreme Court and then entertain us with your shock, when you hear the verdict.

^ Reflections from the Yamuna River onto the jewels chiseled in the Taj Mahal created changing hues, a symbol of the transitions and contrasts of India.
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.The pollution has been turning the Taj Mahal yellow.^ Dust ; pollution at the Taj Mahal - A case study.

^ Alarming rise in air pollution level around Taj Mahal .

^ A well equipped laboratory is functioning at Agra to study the effect of Air Pollution ; on Taj Mahal and other historical monuments.
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.To help control the pollution, the Indian government has set up the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ), a 10,400 square kilometer (4,015 square mile) area around the monument where strict emissions standards are in place.^ Area, 3024 square miles.
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^ Area, 1560 square miles.
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^ Area, 30 square miles.
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[36] .In 1983, the Taj Mahal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.^ UNESCO, World Heritage Center.

^ PRIMARY KEYWORDS: world heritage list; natural sites; archaeological sites; prehistoric sites; Australia; plans.

^ Visit world famous "Taj Mahal", the monument of love ; immortalized in marble.

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Tourism

Then President of Russia Vladimir Putin and wife Lyudmila Putina visiting the Taj Mahal in 2000.
.The Taj Mahal attracts from 2 to 4 million visitors annually, with more than 200,000 from overseas.^ But India is so much more than the Taj Mahal!
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^ Obama’s Afghan `surge’ of 30,000 new troops will cost an additional $33 billion - more than Germany’s total defense budget.

^ The farmers and cultivators have none of their stock equal in value to more than _half the amount of the annual rent of their lands_.
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.Most tourists visit in the cooler months of October, November and February.^ "It will continue for four months in Paris, the most visited city in the world," Hossain says.
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^ May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 .

^ The eighth month of the Hindoo luni-solar year, corresponding to part of October and part of November.
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.Polluting traffic is not allowed near the complex and tourists must either walk from parking lots or catch an electric bus.^ He pulled the car into a parking lot and explained that this was all the further he could go since his car was not "pollution free."
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The Khawasspuras (northern courtyards) are currently being restored for use as a new visitor center.[38][39] .The small town to the south of the Taj, known as Taj Ganji or Mumtazabad, originally was constructed with caravanserais, bazaars and markets to serve the needs of visitors and workmen.^ A small town in the Bulandshahr district of the North-Western Provinces, seventy-three miles south-east of Delhi.
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^ Joseph Marie Jacquard ot Voltaire's Works^ which is known from the small German town it was printed at as the Kehl Edition.
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^ Then quickly pass through Maulvi Bazaar, built on the untraceable ruins of Mukim Katra caravanserai, constructed in the 1600s, into further caravanserai territory.
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[40] .Lists of recommended travel destinations often feature the Taj Mahal, which also appears in several listings of seven wonders of the modern world, including the recently announced New Seven Wonders of the World, a recent poll[41] with 100 million votes.^ Discover the royal history of Taj Mahal, one of the modern wonders of the ; world.

^ Taj Mahal, in Agra, ; is one of the modern wonders of the world.

^ We viewed one of the wonders of the world: sunrise at the Taj Mahal.
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.The grounds are open from 6 am to 7 pm weekdays, except for Friday when the complex is open for prayers at the mosque between 12 pm and 2 pm.^ March 26, 2008 12:41 PM good evening, sir i want opened new iti(ncvt)center at jagatpura, jaipur in rajasthan.
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^ If interested then pls call me on 011-26692072 only from Monday to Friday between 10 TO 6 PM.AND FORWARD YOUR cv.
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.The complex is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after,[42] excluding Fridays and the month of Ramzan.^ He had been caught, full-grown, two years before, and, in the hands of a skilful man, was fit for the chase in six months.
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^ At the suggestion of our Agra travel agent the day before, we had agreed to view the "baby Taj."
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^ Couples from South Africa, and India joined us and the two sisters at a table and we talked about everything for a long time before retiring for the night.
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.For security reasons[43] only five items—water in transparent bottles, small video cameras, still cameras, mobile phones and small ladies' purses—are allowed inside the Taj Mahal.^ I loved seeing and experiencing the Taj Mahal - my reason for going to India!
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^ Only 50 specimens of this endangered species are still living in the marine waters threatened by the proposed new base near less populated Nago.

^ The Taj Mahal in Agra, India Nagara Falls in Niagara, Canada Venice, the city on water (was there once, but still “Hae daikhnay ki cheez issay bar bar daikh!”).

Myths

.Ever since its construction, the building has been the source of an admiration transcending culture and geography, and so personal and emotional responses have consistently eclipsed scholastic appraisals of the monument.^ Criterion (iii): The building of defensive towers was a local tradition in the Kaiping area since Ming ; times in response to local banditry.

^ Extension: The Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang consists of 114 buildings, ; constructed between 1625-26 and 1783.

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Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, one of the first European visitors to the Taj Mahal
.A longstanding myth holds that Shah Jahan planned a mausoleum to be built in black marble across the Yamuna river.^ Taj Mahal / Le Taj Mahal - Criteria (i) ; An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal ; emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India ; and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ Built by Akbar and extensively added to by his grandson Shah Jahan, the differences between building styles is huge.

[45] .The idea originates from fanciful writings of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a European traveller who visited Agra in 1665. It was suggested that Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb before it could be built.^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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^ This edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal and took 20,000 workers to build.
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^ Asaf Jah became prime minister on the death of his father; and, in spite of his sister, he managed to secure the crown to Shah Jahan, the third son of Jahangir, who had married his daughter, the lady over whose remains the Taj was afterwards built.
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.Ruins of blackened marble across the river in Moonlight Garden, Mahtab Bagh, seemed to support this legend.^ He had ascertained that the Kabul river; was not fordable for Infantry except at a point which was commanded; by the enemy's camp, and was too far from support to warrant piquets; being pushed across at night.
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.However, excavations carried out in the 1990s found that they were discolored white stones that had turned black.^ And they think back now, “well, we carry it out, even though the Americans wanted a change.” .

^ The streets of this city were crowded with men, all carrying arms; of some sort; they showed no signs of hostility, however, and even pointed; out to Stewart the house of which he was in search.
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^ In order to bring out a contrast in the portrayal, the sculptor has used a blackish stone for the dress but a pinkish white for the head and hands.
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[46] .A more credible theory for the origins of the black mausoleum was demonstrated in 2006 by archeologists who reconstructed part of the pool in the Moonlight Garden.^ Considering the honours which were bestowed on others; who took more or less conspicuous parts in the Mutiny, he was very; insufficiently rewarded for this timely act of heroism.
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.A dark reflection of the white mausoleum could clearly be seen, befitting Shah Jahan's obsession with symmetry and the positioning of the pool itself.^ Later visit the elegant Fort ; and the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by the ; Mughal King Shah Jahan in the loving memory of ; his queen.

^ It was built by Shah Jahan, entirely of white marble; and completed, as we learn from an inscription on the portico, in the year A.D. 1656.
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^ It was too dark at first to see anything in front of the walls, and; orders were given to reserve fire until the advancing masses of the; assailants could be clearly made out.
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.No evidence exists for claims that describe, often in horrific detail, the deaths, dismemberments and mutilations which Shah Jahan supposedly inflicted on various architects and craftsmen associated with the tomb.^ There is no good evidence for my book’s claim that bin Laden died in 2001.

^ No inscription of the reign of Shah Jahan at Dholpur is recorded.
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^ There is "NO" historical evidence that the Ashwamedha as described in Yajur Vedas was ever performed.
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.Some stories claim that those involved in construction signed contracts committing themselves to have no part in any similar design.^ And from this it clearly follows that legislation can be applicable to none but those who are equals in race and capacity ; while for persons so exceptional there is no law, as they are a law in themselves.
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^ Those who occupy positions of respectability claim to be regarded as Kayasths, and call themselves by that name, asserting that they have regained their caste by abandoning agriculture.
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^ I have no doubt that in; the reign of Shāh Jahān ordinary offences committed by; ordinary criminals were ruthlessly punished, and to some extent; suppressed.
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.Similar claims are made for many famous buildings.^ Many dazzling buildings— ; palaces, mosques, colleges, hospitals, and various royal buildings—were designed by ; the famous court architect, Sinan Pasha.
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[48] .No evidence exists for claims that Lord William Bentinck, governor-general of India in the 1830s, supposedly planned to demolish the Taj Mahal and auction off the marble.^ Taj Mahal, India (WHC 252) ; ACCESSION NO: 9806.

^ Lord Auckland appointed Governor-General for India.
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^ No other biography of Lord William Bentinck; exists.
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Bentinck's biographer John Rosselli says that the story arose from Bentinck's fund-raising sale of discarded marble from Agra Fort.[49]
.In 2000, India's Supreme Court dismissed P.N. Oak's petition to declare that a Hindu king built the Taj Mahal.^ Taj Mahal, India (WHC 252) ; ACCESSION NO: 9806.

^ I loved seeing and experiencing the Taj Mahal - my reason for going to India!
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^ Indeed, "baby Taj," or Itimad-ud-Daulah, was built four years before construction of the Taj Mahal was started.
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[48][50] .Oak claimed that origins of the Taj, together with other historic structures in the country currently ascribed to Muslim sultans pre-date Muslim occupation of India and thus, have a Hindu origin.^ Mualana Abdul Kalam Azad was education minister for 17 years and he created anti-hindu psyche in the country by creating anti-hindu but glorifying Mughals in India.
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^ Buddhism has ; 46 ; ; ; AUTHORS: Farah & Dyck ; SUBJECT: Social Science ; disappeared from India, its country of origin, with the exception of Tibetan refugees ; living in India.
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^ Inter-faith service held for Manekshaw Hindu - Chennai,India Parsi, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christianity priests offered prayers.

[51] .A more poetic story relates that once a year, during the rainy season, a single drop of water falls on the cenotaph, as inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's description of the tomb as "one tear-drop...upon the cheek of time". Another myth suggests that beating the silhouette of the finial will cause water to come forth.^ This over-confidence in the good faith of our frontier; neighbours caused us serious embarrassments a few years later during; the Umbeyla campaign.
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^ He gives as one of the chief causes of the "disturbances" the hatred of the "Mussalmen" for Christianity and their working "upon the prejudices of the Sepoys - the large majority of whom are Brahmins".
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^ This first wife died at Sardhana during the rainy season of; 1838.
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To this day, officials find broken bangles surrounding the silhouette.[52]

Replicas

.Among the buildings modeled on the Taj Mahal are the Taj Mahal Bangladesh, the Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, and the Tripoli Shrine Temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.^ The Taj Mahal exceeded all expectations and is the most beautiful building I have ever seen.
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^ Pagoda system of architecture, ; which Nepalese claim to have ; developed, can been seen in these cities, full of palaces, wooden carved buildings, ; shrines and magnificent temples.

^ A visit ; to the immortal Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur and the ancient temples of Khajuraho, adds to the richness of this program.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Hasan, Parween (November 1994), "Review of Mughal Architecture: Its outline and its history", The Journal of Asian Studies 53 (4) 
  2. ^ Lesley A. DuTemple, "The Taj Mahal", Lerner Publishing Group (March 2003). pg 26: "The Taj Mahal, a spectacular example of Moghul architecture, blends Islamic, Hindu and Persian styles"
  3. ^ a b Tillitson, G.H.R. (1990). Architectural Guide to Mughal India, Chronicle Books.
  4. ^ History of the Taj Mahal Agra, Retrieved on: 20 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Anon. "The Taj mahal". Islamic architecture. Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization. http://www.islamicart.com/library/empires/india/taj_mahal.html. Retrieved 22 may 2009. 
  6. ^ UNESCO advisory body evaluation.
  7. ^ "Public Broadcasting Service". PBS. http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/a_nav/taj_nav/main_tajfrm.html. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Taj Mahal History". http://www.ourworldwonders.com/TajMahal/History.htm. 
  9. ^ Muhammad Abdullah Chaghtai Le Tadj Mahal D'Agra (Hindi). Histoire et description (Brussels) 1938 p. 46.
  10. ^ 'Abd al-Hamid Lahawri Badshah Namah Ed. Maulawis Kabir al-Din Ahmad and 'Abd al-Rahim u-nder the superintendence of Major W.N. Lees. Vol. I Calcutta 1867 pp384-9 ; Muhammad Salih Kambo Amal-i-Sal\lih or Shah Jahan Namah Ed. Ghulam Yazdani Vol.I (Calcutta) 1923 p. 275.
  11. ^ Mahajan, Vidya Dhar (1970). Muslim Rule In India. p. 200. 
  12. ^ Chaghtai Le Tadj Mahal p. 146.
  13. ^ Copplestone, p. 166.
  14. ^ Taj Mahal Calligraphy.
  15. ^ a b Koch, p. 100.
  16. ^ "Public Broadcasting Service". PBS. http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/taj_mahal/tlevel_2/t4visit_3calligraphy.html. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  17. ^ Begley, Wayne E. (March 1979). "The Myth of the Taj Mahal and a New Theory of Its Symbolic Meaning". The Art Bulletin 61 (1): 14. 
  18. ^ "taj-mahal-travel-tours.com". taj-mahal-travel-tours.com.. http://www.taj-mahal-travel-tours.com/garden-of-taj-mahal.html. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  19. ^ Wright, Karen (July 2000), "Moguls in the Moonlight — plans to restore Mehtab Bagh garden near Taj Mahal", Discover, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1511/is_7_21/ai_63035788 
  20. ^ Allan, John (edition = First). The Cambridge Shorter History of India. Cambridge: S. Chand, 288 pages.  p. 318.
  21. ^ The Taj by Jerry Camarillo Dunn Jr.
  22. ^ a b Koch, p. 139.
  23. ^ Chaghtai Le Tadj Mahal p54; Lahawri Badshah Namah Vol.1 p. 403.
  24. ^ Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq.
  25. ^ Who designed the Taj Mahal.
  26. ^ William J. Hennessey, Ph.D., Director, Univ. of Michigan Museum of Art. IBM 1999 WORLD BOOK.
  27. ^ Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p. 223.
  28. ^ ISBN 964-7483-39-2.
  29. ^ It Never Disappoints; The Taj Mahal has the sort of majestic beauty that catches you unawares
  30. ^ Gascoigne, Bamber (1971). The Great Mughals. New York:Harper&Row. p. 243.
  31. ^ Lord Curzon's Brass Lamp.
  32. ^ Yapp, Peter (1983). The Traveller's Dictionary of Quotations. London:Routledge Kegan & Paul. p. 460.
  33. ^ Taj Mahal 'to be camouflaged'.
  34. ^ Acid Rain and the Taj Mahal.
  35. ^ Oil Refinery Impact on Taj Mahal.
  36. ^ "UNESCO". UNESCO. 1997-04-30. http://www.unesco.org/courier/2000_07/uk/signe.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  37. ^ Taj Mahal World Heritage Site Page.
  38. ^ Koch, p. 120.
  39. ^ Koch, p. 254.
  40. ^ Koch, pp. 201-208.
  41. ^ Travel Correspondent (2007-07-09). "New Seven Wonders of the World announced". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2007/07/09/etsevenwonders109.xml. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  42. ^ "Archaelogical Survey of India: Night Viewings of Taj Mahal". Asi.nic.in. 2004-11-28. http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_agratajmahal_night.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  43. ^ DNA India: Going to the Taj? This is all you can carry.
  44. ^ Koch, p. 231.
  45. ^ Asher, p. 210.
  46. ^ Koch, p. 249.
  47. ^ Warrior Empire: The Mughals of India (2006) A+E Television Network.
  48. ^ a b Koch, p. 239.
  49. ^ Rosselli, J., Lord William Bentinck the making of a Liberal Imperialist, 1774-1839, London Chatto and Windus for Sussex University Press 1974, p. 283.
  50. ^ Supreme Court Dismisses Oak's Petition.
  51. ^ Oak, Purushottam Nagesh. "The True Story of the Taj Mahal". Stephen Knapp. http://www.stephen-knapp.com/true_story_of_the_taj_mahal.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  52. ^ Koch, p. 240.

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.Agra [1] is a city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 km from the Indian capital city of Delhi.^ Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

^ He took Delhi and Agra and made Agra his capital.
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^ Know your location » North India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra .
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.Agra has the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings and tourist destinations in the world, and two other UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby.^ Agra    ; ; X ; Agra ; Agra is world famous as home to one of the the New 7 Wonders of the world - the impressive Taj Mahal, one of three World Heritage Sites in Agra, the others being Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
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^ Visiting the monumental heritage of Fatehpur Sikri.
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^ This means we got in late to Agra, the city that holds the Taj Mahal.
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The city has little else though. .Pollution, especially smog and litter, is rampant and travellers are pestered by swarms of touts and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace.^ This beautiful destination is filled with wonderful historical sites including monument, stunning mosque and temple and opulent palaces.
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^ Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Mandwa, etc in Rajasthan are known for magnificent historical & cultural monuments like forts, palaces, havelis, temples, etc.
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^ Even though it is a second tier city that is plagued by pollution and filth, the monuments and palaces have been well preserved and protected.

.That said, the sites are some of the wonders of the world and no trip to India is complete without at least one visit to the Taj.^ No trip to India is complete without a visit to this place that houses the Taj Mahal and other monuments and palaces of historical importance.

^ Whatever it is, it’s beautiful, and no visit (even as fleeting as ours) can be complete without a trip to the Taj.
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^ It is one of the most visited monuments of the world.
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.The earliest reference to Agra is in the ancient epic, the Mahabharata, while Ptolemy was the first person to call it by its modern name.^ Agra finds mention in the epic Mahabharata when it was called Agrabana are Paradise.
  • Agra, India - Hotel Reservations / Vacation Packages 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.allworld-vacation.com [Source type: News]

^ The first person who referred Agra by its modern name was Ptolemy.
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^ The earliest reference of Agra can be found in the Mahabharata, when the city was referred as Agravana.
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.Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi of the Lodhi dynasty, Delhi Sultanate, in the 16th century.^ About Agra The dream destination Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi belonging to the Lodhi dynasty in the 16th century.
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^ Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi of the Lodhi dynasty of the Sultanate of Delhi in the 16th century.
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^ It is believed that Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate founded Agra in the year 1504.
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.Agra reached its golden age when it served as the capital of the the Mughal rulers of India at the peak of their empire from 1526 to 1658. They built many monumental buildings in the Mughal architectural style (a distinctive mix of Indian and Islamic styles) and Agra has some of the finest examples.^ The monument presents a finest example of Mughal architecture, an architectural style that combines elements of Indian and Persian architectures.
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^ It's a fascinating combination of Islamic and Indian architectural styles.
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^ Visit the Agra fort and examine the exquisite architecture of the Mughal empire.
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.The Agra Fort, originally built by Rajput rulers of Agra, was rebuilt by the emperors Akbar and Shah Jahan, and it served as a model for the Red Fort in Delhi.^ Also visit Agra Fort, built of red sandstone and marble.
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^ The Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the Agra Fort until his death.
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^ In the afternoon tour the massive Agra Fort , which was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar .

.The lovely tomb, Itmad-ud-Daulah (1628), built by empress Noor Jahan, is a wonderful mix of Persian and Indian architecture and ornamentation.^ Itmad-ud-Daulah Ornamentation .
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^ Itmad-Ud-Daulah ; The city of Agra is full of architectural wonders.
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^ Itmad-ud-Daulah's tomb is a sensory delight.

.Mughal architecture's crowning achievement, the Taj Mahal (1648) is the centerpiece of any visit to Agra.^ The Taj Mahal, /Crown of the Palace/, was completed in 1648.
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^ Taj Mahal means "Crown of the Palace".
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^ Agra Taj Mahal map .
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.Ironically, Agra's greatest builder, the Emperor Shah Jahan, was also responsible for the subsequent decline of the city.^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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^ Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan.
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^ In 1612, Emperor Shah Jahan married.

.His decision to move the capital to the new city of Shahjahanabad in Delhi marked the beginning of the eclipse of Agra.^ The capital then moved to Agra.

^ Its propinquity to New Delhi (the capital city of India) is an added advantage.
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^ Shahjahanabad, or New Delhi, 504.
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.Despite its importance as a military town during the days of the British Empire as well as in independent India, Agra lapsed into a second tier town on the banks of the Jamuna, and that is what it remains to this day.^ We maintain very good professional relationship with all the major hotel chains and independent properties in India including Agra.
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^ The Mughal ; contribution to India will be seen at Agra, Fatehpur Sikri ; and Delhi, while New Delhi will display British power.

^ Day 03 / Delhi - Departure After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire.
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Literature

.Anyone interested in reading a novel based on the remarkable story behind the Taj Mahal's creation should consider Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors.^ LEGO Creator: Taj Mahal (10189) .
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^ Home » Taj Mahal - A beauty in marble .
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^ The tomb Base The focus of the Taj Mahal is the white marble tomb.

.Beneath a Marble Sky is an international bestseller, has won multiple awards, and is being made into a movie by Hollywood.^ To facilitate mutual interaction ; between these organizations they have been divided into 15 groups ; & attempts are being made to organize group wise programmes.
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^ The marble was cold and smooth beneath my feet as I made my way straight to the mausoleum entrance.
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^ It is only beneath an intensely blue sky that one can realize the full and exquisite elTect of pure white marble.
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.Other book (historical fiction) is The Taj by Colin De Silva.^ He claims that the origins of the Taj, together with all the other historic structures in the country currently ascribed to Muslim sultans, pre-date the Muslim occupation of India and have a Hindu origin.
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^ No trip to India is complete without a visit to this place that houses the Taj Mahal and other monuments and palaces of historical importance.

^ It contains the famous personal library of philanthropist Niranjan Zamindar and has over 28,000 books and other artifacts of historical importance.
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Get in

.Agra is 200 km southeast from Delhi and is one of the points of the tourist's Golden Triangle of Agra-Delhi-Jaipur.^ Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra .
  • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the most popular tourist circuits in India is the Golden Triangle tour - comprising of stints in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
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^ Golden Triangle is one of the busiest   most popular Tourist Destination our India & consists of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur.
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.Agra is also very well connected via rail and road with other nearby cities and tourist destinations.^ These destination are excusrions of Agra city.
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^ This is well connected with those cities by train route and by road also .
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^ It is well connected to Delhi, Jaipur and other nearby major cities of India.
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By plane

.Service to Agra's Kheria Airport (IATA: AGR ICAO: VIAG) is seasonal.^ Service to Agra's Kheria Airport is seasonal.
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^ Real Travelers This Oberoi hotel is conveniently located approximately 600 meters from The Taj Mahal at Agra and eight miles from Agra Kheria Airport.
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^ The Agra airport or the Kheria airport has all the major domestic airlines having their services to this place of the Taj.
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.As of November 2008, the city is served by Kingfisher Airlines and Air India Regional, who both fly on the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur tourist triangle route.^ The golden triangle travel circuit covers Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
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^ This is the region made up of three significant (and nowadays highly touristic) cities: Delhi , Agra and Jaipur .
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^ This morning fly to the “Pink City,” Jaipur.
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.The flight time to either is less than an hour.^ In less than one month’s time.

^ Less than an hour’s drive from Agra, this enchanting, historic complex was once the capital of the Mughal Empire.

^ It's residents receive barely two hours of water supply daily and the antiquated sewage system caters to less than half the population.
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By train

.Agra is on the main train line between the Delhi-Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi-Chennai routes, and many trains connect Agra with these cities every day.^ These destination are excusrions of Agra city.
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^ This is well connected with those cities by train route and by road also .
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^ Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi.
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.Some east-bound trains from Delhi also travel via Agra, so direct connections to points in Eastern India (including Kolkata) are also available.^ Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi.
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^ It comes before Agra if travelling from Delhi.
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^ Day 3 Delhi to Agra ; Morning train to Agra.

.There are close to 20 trains to Delhi every day, and at least three or four to both Mumbai and Chennai.^ There are close to 20 trains to Delhi every day, and at least three or four to both Mumbai and Chennai.
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^ Day 3 Delhi to Agra ; Morning train to Agra.

^ Day 17: Delhi Amritsar (By train) .
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.Agra and Delhi are notorious for their thick winter fog which reduces visibility to almost zero.^ Supposedly we should be able to see the Taj from the walls of the Fort, but with the fog and thick pollution commingling, visibility was a whopping 200 meters at the height of the afternoon.
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^ Instead, let me take you on the journey I took through Delhi and Agra this winter with my family, visiting the landmarks of Mughal history.

^ That and the heat in Delhi does reduce visibility in the summers.
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.If traveling in late December or early January (the fog season), travelers should be aware that, because of the reduced visibility, all trains slow down and travel time goes up.^ What goes up must come down.

^ We plan to conduct an extensive business planning process that will be completed in early December, at which time all five projects will have more detailed plans to guide project implementation.
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^ "It is high time that the tourist influx into the Taj Mahal was slowed down in the interest of the ageing monument.

.The Bhopal Shatabdi, for example, may arrive in Agra well after 10AM, and might return to Delhi well after midnight.^ Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi.
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^ By Rail: Agra is well connected by excellent train services to Delhi such as The Shatabdi Express (2 hrs), Taj Express (2.5 hrs), Intercity Express (3 hrs).
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^ For those coming from; Delhi, the Shatabdi Express (which arrives in Agra at 9 am and returns at 8.15 pm) is very; convenient.
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There are three stations in Agra:

Stations

.
  • Agra Cantt (Station Code : AGC) is the main railway station and lies southwest of the Taj and Agra Fort, both of which are a short ride from the station by car, auto-rickshaw, or cycle rickshaw.^ There are three stations in Agra: * Agra Cantt (Station Code : AGC) is the main railway station and lies southwest of the Taj and Agra Fort, both of which are a short ride from the station by car, auto-rickshaw, or cycle rickshaw.
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    ^ Station Road Agra Cantt, Agra, 282001 .
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    ^ It is 3 km from Agra Cantt railway station and 6 km from Agra airport.
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    .There is a prepaid taxi stand right outside that charges a flat Rs 120 to any hotel in the city.The station has a pretty good Comesum food court that also sells cheap, hygienic takeaway snacks (sandwiches, samosas, etc).
  • Agra Fort station (Station Code : AF) near Agra Fort, is infrequently serviced by the interstate express trains.^ Most of the hotels in Agra are located near the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
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    ^ There's a prepaid taxi stand right outside that charges a flat Rs.120 to any hotel in the city.
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    ^ Description: Visit the Agra Fort and the city.

    .The station serves trains to the east (Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Kolkata) some of these trains also stop at Agra Cantt.
  • Raja Ki Mandi (Station Code : RKM) is a small station.^ Some of the trains which stop at Agra Cantt also stop here.
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    ^ Station Road Agra Cantt, Agra, 282001 .
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    ^ Raja Ki Mandi (Station Code : RKM) is a small station.
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    .Some of the trains which stop at Agra Cantt also stop here.^ Some of the trains which stop at Agra Cantt also stop here.
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    ^ The Agra Cantt train station is 5km to the west, so it will cost you around Rs 50 to bring you there.
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    ^ The luxury trains - the Palace on Wheels, and the Royal Rajasthan On Wheels also stop at Agra on their eight day round trip of tourist destinations in Rajasthan and Agra.
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    .The station has a laid-back and lazy atmosphere, but springs into life at the arrival of Intercity exp and Taj express.
  • Agra City is in the heart of Agra.^ This is the reason, that Agra is also known as the city of Taj.
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    ^ It is a very laid back station and springs into life at the arrival of Intercity Express and Taj Express.
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    ^ By Rail: Agra is well connected by excellent train services to Delhi such as The Shatabdi Express (2 hrs), Taj Express (2.5 hrs), Intercity Express (3 hrs).
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    A relic of the meter gauge era, this station is not particularly useful.

Lines

.
  • Delhi to Agra - Close to 20 trains connect Delhi and Agra each day with journey times varying from 2 hours to 5 hours.^ Day 20 : ; Agra / Vrindavan tour .
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    ^ Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi.
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    ^ Need train Schedule from delhi to Agra.
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    .The best options are the Bhopal Shatabdi Express (departs New Delhi at 0615 arriving Agra Cantt at 0812; departs Agra Cantt at 2030 arriving New Delhi at 2230, daily except Friday) and the Taj Express (departs Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin at 0715 arriving Agra Cantt at 1007; departs Agra cantt at 1855 arriving Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin at 2200, daily).
  • Agra to Jaipur - The journey to Jaipur (Station Code : JP) takes around 4 hour by train no.^ The fastest and most comfortable train to and from Delhi is the daily AC Shatabdi Express (two hours).

    ^ Description: Drive to Jaipur This journey will take 5-6 hours.

    ^ This journey will take 5-6 hours.

    2988 which leaves Agra Fort Railway Station at 6:25 PM and reaches Jaipur at around 10:20PM.
  • The Luxury train - Palace on Wheels stops at Agra on its eight day round trip of tourist destinations in Rajasthan and Agra.

A Day's Excursion from Delhi to Agra

.It is easy to visit Agra as a comfortable day trip by train from Delhi.^ Need train Schedule from delhi to Agra.
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^ Optional : Day return trip to Agra by road or by train.
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^ Day 1 Delhi to Agra ; Drive by car to Agra.

.Rise early in the morning and hop on to an AC chair car seat on the Bhopal Shatabdi (6:15AM) at New Delhi Railway Station (conveniently close to the backpacker hangout of Paharganj).^ Early morning transfer to Railway Station to board train to Lucknow.

^ Morning embark on a tour of New Delhi.
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^ Board the early morning flight to Delhi.

.Breakfast is served on the train (included in the fare), usually an omelet with a couple of slices of bread and coffee or tea.^ Breakfast and dinner included on board the train.

^ Tea and biscuits on train before breakfast .
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^ The off-season rates we got were good (approx.C$45) Breakfast included, which was served on their rooftop garden restaurant.
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.Arrive refreshed in Agra and, depending on your budget, either rent a car for the day or use rickshaws to get around.^ Day 1 Delhi to Agra ; Drive by car to Agra.

^ Your day ends in Agra.
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^ Same day Trip to Agra by Car .
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.A visit to the Taj, followed by Agra Fort does not take a great deal of time.^ Description: Visit the Agra Fort and the city.

^ So visit India and visit the Taj Mahal in Agra.
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^ We next visited the Agra Fort.
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.Add a visit to Akbar's tomb and/or itmad-ud-daulah (auto-rickshaw or taxi required), and you will still have time for a comfortable lunch and some r&r before catching the return train at 8:30PM where you can dine in the comfort of your seat (dinner is included in the fare).^ Breakfast and dinner included on board the train.

^ You suggest some training in Hlite.
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^ I'd love to visit India some time...
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.With a hired car, it is even possible for the hardy soul to swing by for a visit to Fatehpur Sikri for the complete Agra visit!^ En route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

^ Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

^ Morning proceed to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
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By bus

.A number of buses connect Agra with Delhi.^ Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi.
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^ Access Agra is connected to Delhi by air.
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^ By Rail: Agra is well connected by excellent train services to Delhi such as The Shatabdi Express (2 hrs), Taj Express (2.5 hrs), Intercity Express (3 hrs).
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.It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Agra by bus.^ A bus to Khajuraho takes about 10 hours from Agra.
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^ It takes around 4 hours by car from Delhi to Agra depending on the traffic.

^ The city of Agra is surounded by various other places of historical significance and can be visited in the day by taxis or by taking a bus.
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There are basically three interstate bus stands:
  • Idgah Bus Stand is the primary bus stand for intercity travel, in the heart of the city, 8 km from the Taj.
  • Bijlighar Bus Stand (also called Powerhouse Bus Stand) located near the Red Fort, 6 km from the Taj.
  • New Bus Stand at transport nagar, 12 km from the Taj, is only for other state's bus services (i.e. all except U.P. Roadways).
  • From Delhi: NH2, a modern divided highway, connects the 200 km distance from Delhi to Agra. .The drive is typically 4-5 hours, a large chunk of which includes navigating the clogged roads around Delhi to get to the highway.^ It takes around 4 hours to get there from Delhi by road.
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    ^ Return to Delhi around 2130 hours stopping midway for refreshments.
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    ^ TRANSPORT: Agra, city of the Taj Mahal, on the Bank of river Yamuna, is only 2.5 hours away by train, four hours by road and 30 minutes by air from Delhi.
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    .The primary access to the highway is along Mathura Road in Delhi but, if coming from South Delhi or Delhi Airport, it is easier to take Aurobindo Marg (Mehrauli Road) and then work up to NH2 via Tughlakabad.^ Mathura-Delhi road .
    • List of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains of Agra -;Archaeological Survey of India 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: News]

    ^ Day 01: Arrival Delhi Arrive delhi international airport & meet on assistance and pick up A/c car with driver, transfer to hotel, chek in hotel.Night stay in Delhi.
    • Rajasthan Countryside Tours, Indian Countryside Tour, Rajasthan India Countryside Tours 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.rajasthantour.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We will also ; take short trips to conservation projects in ; Agra, Fathpur Sikri, Jodhpur, and Nagaur for ; comparison with the work in Delhi.
    • akpia aktc 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC web.mit.edu [Source type: Academic]

    While the highway is divided, it is important to keep an eye out for trucks, cars, and bullock carts heading the wrong way!
.It is possible to hire a car with a driver (a big car for five persons from/to the Delhi airport costs Rs 3500).^ Arrive at Delhi and you are greeted at the airport by your personal driver.

^ Arriving from Delhi by air-conditioned car on the Taj Express (2-3 hours) ; will run you only about $10 a person.

^ I hired a car with a driver, which might not be the fastest way to get there, as trtaffic on Indian roads are quite hectic.
  • Out of Delhi-Taj Mahal- Delhi, India - VirtualTourist.com 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

But beware! .If you need to get from Agra to the airport in order to catch a flight, be sure to allow plenty of time for the trip, as traffic conditions may increase the drive time significantly.^ In time transfer to the ; airport for flight to Delhi.
  • TRAVEL CORPORATION ( INDIA ) LTD. 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ryalsmeet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Transfer to airport to catch flight for Srinagar.

^ Next, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Varanasi.
  • Best of North India Tour, Best of North India Trips, Best of North India Tour Packages 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.indianluxurytours.com [Source type: General]

Also, it is wise to know your driver. .There are situations when he may take over five hours to cover the distance, and you cannot force him to drive any faster than an autorickshaw (tuk-tuk).^ There may be no opposition, but you; cannot count on this.
  • 41 Years in India - From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief - Lord Roberts of Kandahar 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This drive takes approximately five hours.

^ Then, take a 3-hour drive to Wasgamuwa.
  • IndIa: Through The eyes of a TIger 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.stlzoo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.
  • From Jaipur: National Highway 11, a two lane undivided highway, connects Agra with Jaipur via the bird sanctuary town of Bharatpur.^ Lunch at the ; Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

    ^ Day 18 Jaipur to Bharatpur ; After breakfast leave for Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

    ^ Road: Agra has the National Highway Numbers 2, 3, and 11 passing through it.
    • Taj Mahal Agra Tours Package City Tour To Agra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.travelchacha.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The distance of around 255 Km can be covered in around 4 hours.
  • From Gwalior: A distance of around 120 km, takes around 1.5 hours on the National highway 3 (Agra- Mumbai Highway)
  • From Lucknow / Kanpur: NH2, the divided modern highway, continues on to Kanpur (285km, 5 hours) and from there to points East ending in Kolkata.^ Covering a distance of 88 kms.

    ^ SO 200 km ; or 120 miles takes on the average, 4-5 hours.
    • 25 January On the way to Agra and Jaipur 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.siue.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ It takes around 4 hours to get there from Delhi by road.
    • Taj Mahal 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC maniza.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    From Kanpur, NH25 heads for the city of Lucknow (90 km, 2 hours).

Get around

.Tongas, electric buses and electric tempos are readily available, and the best way to get to the Taj where no cars are sllowed.^ The Taj Mahal pictures were meant to be viewed in the order I uploaded them, but there appears to be no way to reorder galleries in posterous once they've been sent.
  • Rina and Jim's Travels - Filed under 'Agra' 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC jimmyjoe.posterous.com [Source type: General]

^ Reaching Vrindavan from Mathura is very easy as there is frequent buses, shared tempos and taxis that are available throughout the day.
  • Agra Blog - The City of TAJ 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.agramycity.com [Source type: General]

^ Electric buses and tempos run at regular intervals to carry tourists close to the complex.
  • Agra travel, Agra hotels transportation 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.agra-hotel.in [Source type: General]

.Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available every where, remember to agree on fares clearly in advance.^ Auto-rickshaws rarely charge by the meter, and the normal practice is to bargain and fix the fare before the ride to save any later unpleasantness.
  • Agra travel, Agra hotels transportation 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.agra-hotel.in [Source type: General]

^ Treat every auto-rickshaw driver as a cheat and a liar (because they are).

^ You can travel to Taj Mahal by making use of taxi, tempo, auto-rickshaw or cycle rickshaw.
  • Taj Mahal Facts, Taj Mahal India, Taj Mahal Information, Taj Mahal Agra, Taj Mahal History, Taj Mahal Architecture 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC india.mapsofindia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The best way to experince the city is to take a walk on the Mall Road (Sadar).^ The best way to see Old Delhi is on Rickshaw, unless you can walk.
  • TRAVEL CORPORATION ( INDIA ) LTD. 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ryalsmeet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Located on the main Mall road, the hotel is conveniently located in the centre of the city.
  • Hotels in Agra - India | Book Agra Hotels On Cleartrip 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.cleartrip.com [Source type: General]

^ The piece of land, which is part of GOR-I, is next to College Road and Upper Mall on city canal, near the Naval War College.
  • Lahore: Progress News & Updates [Archive] - SkyscraperCity 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.skyscrapercity.com [Source type: News]

.The street is full of handicraft and leather goods shops.^ You will be taken to the local markets where you can bargain for artistic handicrafts and leather goods as well as the embossed work on marble.
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^ Visit the ; vibrant shopping complex of Connaught Place, the Delhi Haat for handicraft goods ; and delicious food and excellent Mughal architecture.

^ Advantages: Opens until 8.00pm weekdays, good range of high street shops Disadvantages: Out of town, shops not under one building.
  • The Fort - Review - The Fort Shopping Centre 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC travel.ciao.co.uk [Source type: General]

.You will also find plenty of food items quite unique to the city.^ In many case, you would find that the price finally paid by you ultimately was quite below the original price demanded by the seller.
  • India - Wikia Travel 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC travel.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Quite naturally, this city attracts plenty of Indian tourists as well as foreign tourists who come to experience the Taj and the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Agra.
  • Agra Airport,Airport of Agra,Airport in Agra,Agra;; 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sometimes, you will find a pure Goan atmosphere if you are able to spot a joint which is just a part of a house, a room or a hall, serving a variety of drinks and foods.
  • India - Wikia Travel 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC travel.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

By car

.Cars are not allowed near the Taj Complex, but the rest of Agra is easily discovered by car.^ Taj Mahal complex (Agra) .
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ Hotels near Taj Mahal in Agra .
  • Hotels in Agra, Agra Hotels, Online Booking of Agra Hotels, List of Hotels in Agra, Taj Mahal Agra 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC hotelsinagra.net [Source type: General]

^ Located close to the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas is also near Agra City and Agra Cantonment Railway Station.
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.Rental is available from the following companies, Enterprises Car Rental and Hertz.^ You can visit all these places in a luxurious way by hiring car from the any of the car rental in rajasthan Company.
  • triangle - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: General]

^ But the best way to visit these tourism destinations is through hiring the car from any of the Car rental in Rajasthan companies.
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^ Many car rental companies also have special weekly or weekend deals and offer special discounts.
  • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

.You can either book a taxi from hotel or directly book one outside the railway station.^ Are you looking for Hotel Booking ?
  • Agra Blog - The City of TAJ 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.agramycity.com [Source type: General]

^ On arrival at Varanasi railway station you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • Unexplored Rajasthan India,Rajasthan Tour,Rajasthan Destination Holidays,Rajasthan India ,Desert and Heritage Trip to Rajasthan India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.travelntoursindia.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ It uplifts you – one feels more significant as a human being within its confines than outside it.
  • Taj Mahal,Taj Mahal India Travel,Taj Mahal Travel India,Tajmahel India Travel Agra 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.indiasite.com [Source type: General]

.There is government authorized taxi stand.^ There was a taxi stand near the hotel and I had talked with a few of the drivers earlier.
  • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

^ There was a small man standing on a box at the taxi queue, directing people to their designated cabs as if he were sending troops to war.

.950Rs/day for 12 hours.^ DAY 10 : UDAIPUR - MUMBAI - GOA ; DAY 11 : GOA ; DAY 12 : GOA ; DAY 13 : GOA - MUMBAI ; DAY 14 : MUMBAI ; (3 HOURS) ; (1 HOUR) ; Transfer to airport to catch flight for Mumbai and then ; connecting flight to Goa (there is no direct flight from ; Udaipur to Goa).

^ It’s like shift work – individuals each day waking up, driving into work, going to war for 12 hours, coming back home, years on end.

^ DAY 11 : NUBRA - KHARDUNG LA - LEH ; DAY 12 : LEH - DELHI ; DAY 13 : DELHI ; ( 130 KM, 5 HOURS) ; (1¼ HOURS) ; After breakfast at the camp, departure to Leh with lunch ; box.

.It maybe more costy to book through hotel.^ As I say, I booked through hotels.com, and got a great deal.
  • Trident Agra, Agra, India - Reviews and Hotel Information - VirtualTourist.com 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

^ If you just stick with one Hotel Booking site, you could be paying more for the same reservation.
  • India Budget Travel Guide | AsiaExplorers with Timothy Tye 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.asiaexplorers.com [Source type: News]

^ Be aware that many travel agencies in India are merely commission men who book through more reputable agencies and pocket the extra money you give them.

It is better to negotiate with the driver directly

See

.Agra's top two sights by far are the incomparable Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.^ Krishna at the Agra Fort, with the Taj Mahal in the distance .
  • Picasa Web Albums - Jason - India- Summer... 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC picasaweb.google.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The Taj Mahal is around 1.5kms from the hotel and Agra Fort, 5kms away.
  • Trident Agra, Agra, India - Reviews and Hotel Information - VirtualTourist.com 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

^ Afternoon city tour includes ; Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.

.When planning your sightseeing, take heed of the convoluted entry fee system: for Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmud-ad-Daulah, Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri, you must pay a Rs 500 levy to the Agra Development Authority in addition to the prices mentioned below.^ Site plan of Agra Fort.

^ Account of Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri with photographs and plans.
  • Verandah Books - India, Central Asia & The Himalayas 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.verandahbooks.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The Taj Mahal is around 1.5kms from the hotel and Agra Fort, 5kms away.
  • Trident Agra, Agra, India - Reviews and Hotel Information - VirtualTourist.com 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

.Once paid, the levy is valid for all sights, but only for one day.^ Once paid, the levy is valid for all sights, but .
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ And this was only one day of our trip.
  • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

^ "If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!"
  • Uttar Pradesh India - Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Uttar Pradesh Tourism Information Guide, Tourist Destinations in UP 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.joy-travels.com [Source type: News]
  • Agra Travel Guide, Agra India Travel Information Guide, Places to See in Agra Tourism, When to Go Agra, How To Reach Agra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.joy-travels.com [Source type: News]

.However, If you are not going to the Taj Mahal or happen to turn up on a Friday, then you do not have to pay the Rs 500 levy but a smaller one if you are going to the other sites.^ This was not going to happen however.
  • Project Mayhem 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.sinickas.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If you visit the Taj Mahal on the same day you can get a Rs 50 discount however!
  • Agra Fort Reviews and Photos, Agra - IgoUgo 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

^ Taj Mahal and other magnificent buildings.
  • INDIA - The Mughal Empire 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

Eg Rs 50 for Red Fort
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal
Grand Entrance Building to the Taj Mahal Complex
Grand Entrance Building to the Taj Mahal Complex
Gate to the Taj Mahal Complex showing intricate work and Quranic passeges in Arabic
Gate to the Taj Mahal Complex showing intricate work and Quranic passeges in Arabic
Agra Fort, as seen from the Taj Mahal
Agra Fort, as seen from the Taj Mahal
Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed every Friday
.The Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife.^ He build the Taj Mahal (1654) in her memory.
  • Timeline India 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.timelines.ws [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In startling contrast to Akbar’s red sandstone palaces are the white marble palaces built by his grandson Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal.

^ Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife's memorial.
  • World Mysteries - Wonders of the World: Taj Mahal, history, construction and controversy 28 January 2010 0:58 UTC www.world-mysteries.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Taj Mahal means Crown Palace; one of the wife's names was Mumtaz Mahal, Ornament of the Palace.^ TAJ mean crown.
  • Taj Mahal - Panoramic Pictures - FunOnTheNet 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.funonthenet.in [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Taj Mahal (meaning Crown Palace) is a Mausoleum that houses the grave of queen Mumtaz Mahal in the lower chamber.
  • Out of Delhi-Taj Mahal- Delhi, India - VirtualTourist.com 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

^ It’s Trump Taj Mahal where one name says it all!
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.The Taj is one of the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tombs in the world, one of the masterpieces of Indian Muslim architecture, and one of the great sites of the world's heritage.^ It is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.
  • The Taj Mahal- Agra, India - VirtualTourist.com 28 January 2010 0:58 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

^ It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
  • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

^ The complex has been declared a World Heritage Site.
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.The Taj Mahal has a life of its own that leaps out of marble, provided you understand that it is a monument of love.^ Different people have different views of the Taj but it would be enough to say that the Taj has a life of its own that leaps out of marble, provided you understand that it is a monument of love.
  • Who built Taj mahal? - Yahoo! Answers India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC in.answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Taj Mahal - The symbol of love .
  • Taj Mahal - Panoramic Pictures - FunOnTheNet 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.funonthenet.in [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Visit world famous "Taj Mahal", the monument of love ; immortalized in marble.

.The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore called it a teardrop on the cheek of eternity, while the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, said it was Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones. It is a celebration of woman built in marble and that is the way to appreciate it.^ It is built with marble n stone.
  • Who built Taj mahal? - Yahoo! Answers India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC in.answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ It is a celebration of woman built in marble and that’s the way to appreciate it.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore called it "a teardrop on the cheek of eternity", while the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, said it was "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones."
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

.Although it is one of the most photographed edifices in the world and instantly recognisable, actually seeing it is awe-inspiring.^ It is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.
  • The Taj Mahal- Agra, India - VirtualTourist.com 28 January 2010 0:58 UTC www.virtualtourist.com [Source type: General]

^ It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
  • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

^ Despite being one of the most photographed edifices in the world and being instantly recognisable, its physical presence is awe-inspiring.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

Not everything is in the photos. .The grounds of the complex include several other beautiful buildings, reflecting pools, and extensive ornamental gardens with flowering trees and bushes, and a small gift shop.^ The grounds of the complex include several other beautiful buildings, reflecting pools, and extensive ornamental gardens with flowering trees and bushes, and a small gift shop.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ The complex consists of two buildings, one being the mausoleum and the other a gigantic gate, connected to each other via a wide paved walkway.
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^ These include snack bars, duty-free shopping centers, medical services, lost property office and luxurious comfortable lounges among other facilities.
  • Agra Airport,Airport of Agra,Airport in Agra,Agra;; 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Taj framed by trees and reflected in a pool is amazing.^ The Taj framed by trees and reflected in a pool is amazing.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ Measuring 320 m × 300 m, the garden has sunken parterres or flowerbeds, raised pathways, avenues of trees, fountains, water courses, and pools that reflect the Taj Mahal.

^ Not a large structure, but framed by reflecting pools, it transcends all ordinary architecture.
  • ; ;Trade and Cultural Mission to India, Sept. 5-14, 2003;; 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.sos.wa.gov [Source type: News]

.Close up, large parts of the building are covered with inlaid stonework.^ Close up, large parts of the building are covered with inlaid stonework.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ Color close-ups of semi-precious stones inlaid in white marble, intricate carvings, decorative patterns, and calligraphy enchant the readers.
  • World Mysteries - Wonders of the World: Taj Mahal, history, construction and controversy 28 January 2010 0:58 UTC www.world-mysteries.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If you look up at the Taj Mahal, with the main gateway at your back, the mosque is the large red building on your left.
  • Agra: Been There, Done That - IgoUgo Agra Journal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

.There is an apocryphal tale that Shah Jahan planned to build an exact copy out of black marble on the opposite side of the river.^ Shah Jahan wanted to build another Taj Mahal…one with black marble!
  • Taj Mahal - The Symbol Of Eternal Love! 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is an apocryphal tale that Shah Jahan planned to build an exact copy out of black marble on the opposite side of the river.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ So for 8 years Shah Jahan peered out from the Agra Fort (also a beautiful 16th century remnant of Muslim Mogul rule) gazing upon the Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River, grieving for his lost wife.
  • ; ;Trade and Cultural Mission to India, Sept. 5-14, 2003;; 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.sos.wa.gov [Source type: News]

.His plans were foiled by his son, who murdered three elder brothers and overthrew his father to acquire the throne.^ His plans were foiled by his son, who murdered three elder brothers and overthrew his father to acquire the throne.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ Akbar started its construction himself but it was completed by his son, Jehangir who significantly modified the original plans which accounts for the somewhat cluttered architectural lines of the tomb.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ A son succeeds, but is murdered by Ghiyas-ud-din, who usurps the government.
  • Full text of "The chronology of Modern India, for four hundred years from the close of the fifteenth century, A.D. 1494-1894" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

.Shah Jahan is now buried alongside his wife in the Taj Mahal.^ Shah Jahan is now buried alongside his wife in the Taj Mahal.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ Shah Jahan was buried in the Taj Mahal, alongside his beloved Mumtaz.

^ Shah Jahan's beloved wife.
  • Taj Mahal India, Taj Mahal History, Agra Taj Mahal India, Golden Triangle Tour 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC jnraoindia.com [Source type: General]

.If you are taking a camera, beware that because the Taj is white your camera may underexpose your photos.^ And be sure to take your camera!; .
  • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

^ If you're taking a camera, beware that because the Taj is white your camera may underexpose your photos.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ If you like your photo to be taken in front on the Taj (where Lady Di's picture was taken), there's several professional photographers that will take your picture and have it developed by the time you leave the compound.
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.If it is a film camera you will not find out until it is too late.^ If it's a film camera you won't find out until it's too late.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

^ Can you please find out where is he and let me know.
  • Indian Culture : Glorious Myths 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But, of course, as soon as other players foresee this happening, you soon find out who your friends are!
  • Funagain Games: Taj Mahal (#3 ALBS, English language edition of Tadsch Mahal) 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.funagain.com [Source type: General]

.Overexposure by 1 or 2 stops is recommended.^ Overexposure by 1 or 2 stops is recommended.
  • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

.The Taj is open from 6 AM to 7:30 PM every day except Friday.^ The Taj Mahal is open between 6am and 7pm every day except Friday when it's closed for prayers.
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India | World Reviewer 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.worldreviewer.com [Source type: General]

^ The Taj is open from 6 AM to 7:30 PM every day except Friday .
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^ Except Monday open every day from 10-00 to 17-00.
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.Entry costs Rs 250 (plus levy of Rs 500) for foreigners and Rs 20 for Indians.^ Entry to the fort is Rs.250 (plus levy).
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^ Entry costs Rs.
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^ The entrance fee for the Taj Mahal was 20 Rupees for the Indians and 750 Rupees for the foreigners.

.Get there as early as possible to beat the crowds, and plan to visit the Taj at least two different times during the day (dusk and dawn are best) in order to experience the full effect of changing sunlight on the amazing building.^ Last time I ate there, I was full for the entire freakin' day.
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^ Get there as early as possible to beat the crowds, and plan to visit the Taj at least two different times during the day (dusk and dawn are best) in order to experience the full effect of changing sunlight on the amazing building.
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^ Taj Mahal changes its moods with the seasons and the different times of the day.

.It is also utterly stunning under a full moon.^ It is also utterly stunning under a full moon.
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^ A third — the utterly incongruous "Oh Sexy Mama" — gets the full treatment and runs under the closing credits.

.The Taj is located pretty much in the middle of town.^ The Taj is located pretty much in the middle of town.
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^ I found it odd that in many locations there would be streets lined with shops and establishments all selling side by side pretty much the same products or services.
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.Expect a line to get into the grounds.^ He will, I expect, strike away north into; Khakrez, on which line a vigorous pursuit will give us his guns.
  • 41 Years in India - From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief - Lord Roberts of Kandahar 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.There are three gates.^ Formerly there was a walled enclosure in front of this gate, called the Tripulia, or Three Gates, which was used as a market.
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.The western gate is the main gate where most tourists enter.^ The western gate is the main gate where most tourists enter.
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^ It is a masterpiece of symmetry, Seeming to be floating in the air from a distance, and each revealed as an illusion experienced as one enters through the main gate.
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^ We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years.
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.A large number of people turn up on weekends and public holidays and entry through the western gate may take hours.^ A large number of people turn up on weekends and public holidays and entry through the western gate may take hours.
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^ Precautions for Swine Flue while Traveling [27/09/09] The scare of Swine flu has panicked a large number of people that are tested with H1N1 virus and even its growing casualties.

^ You can thank your mind.And while you are looking up at the night sky, notice both the large number of stars, and the vastness of space that separates each star.

.The southern and eastern gates are much less busy and should be tried on such days.^ The southern and eastern gates are much less busy and should be tried on such days.
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^ This was as much as three such weak columns; should have tried, or been asked to accomplish.
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^ Since; that time the army has been reorganized, and depends on Oudh for; its recruits much less than it did in the author's day.
  • W. H. Sleeman - Rambles and Recollections of an Indian;Official 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Security is tight, so leave behind any pocketknives, as well as chewing gum, cigarettes, or anything that could mark the building.^ Security is tight, so leave behind any pocketknives, as well as chewing gum, cigarettes, or anything that could mark the building.
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^ They cause a lot of pollution and leave a lot of stinking cloud behind them as well as the rikshaws by the way.

^ 'And what security have you for the land of your grove in case the landholder should change his mind, or die and leave sons not so well disposed.'
  • Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official / Sleeman, William, 1788-1856 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

Tripods are also not allowed. .Strangely, even iPods and similar MP3 and music players are also not allowed.^ But what was even worse, I was missing my two vouchers the company gifted me due to my good work I provided ;-) and my mp3-player was disappeared as well.

^ When we reach the Western Gate of the Taj, we’re frisked, and discover that even my camera remote and Neeti’s iPod aren’t allowed.
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.But you can leave them at a locker service available for tourists (of course, at your own risk).^ Eat at your own risk.
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^ Do you have any ideas of your own?
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^ They'll have a heart attack if you even try to carry your own suitcases or even open a public door for yourself.
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.Cell phones are allowed inside the complex, providing they are on silent.^ Babu passed his cell phone to Devesh who then passed it to me, explaining that they didn’t believe I had booked Devesh from Toronto.
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^ If anyone is allowed in, then they cannot cook non-veg food inside their own houses.
  • Indian Culture : Glorious Myths 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Cell phones are not permitted inside the main enclosure area: you have to check them in first at a booth nearby.
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.Guidebooks are to be left at the booths on either side of the entrances.^ The terrace provides a view of the garden below; it is accessed by staircases from the ground floor that lie on either side of the entrance to the mausoleum.
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^ At the head of the bay, and two miles east of Agoada lighthouse, is the entrance to the Mandovi river, which is narrowed by sandbanks on either side to only about one cable.
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^ Pathar Massjid, Srinagar, District Srinagar.— The arches on the left-hand side of the ; entrance and front facade were cleaned with dilute ammonia solution.
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.Do this before you get into the line to get in.^ Do this before you get into the long line to get in.
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^ An Elex & Communication Engineering Graduate by education,I'm right now into SQA.Drop me a Line whenever you wanna....

^ Before all of that occurred, however, I had to wait in a long line to get into the Taj Mahal complex.

.There are night viewing sessions on the nights of a full moon and the two days before and after (so five days in total).^ Five nights around the full moon day are great days for viewing the eternal beauty of the Taj Mahal.
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^ There are night viewing sessions on the nights of a full moon and the two days before and after (so five days in total).
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^ Some feel the Taj is best seen on a full moon night, others find it ethereal at dawn while some insist that it is sensuous at sunset.
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.Exceptions are Fridays (the Muslim sabbath) and the month of Ramadan.^ Exceptions are Fridays (the Muslim sabbath) and the month of Ramadan.
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.Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance, starting at 10am, but do not always sell out, so it can be worth looking into it when you arrive even if well after 10am.^ Have you ever looked into an elephant's trunk?
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^ While I was looking out the front window, I held my breath multiple times as we appeared to be driving straight on into oncoming traffic.

^ They would start airing their views 24 hours without break.
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.Tickets only allow viewing from the red sandstone plaza at the south end of the complex, and only for a 1/2 hour window.^ Built in red sandstone the fort complex is known for its architectural excellence.
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^ Outside is a small garden, and at one end, a chhatri —a domed pavilion—of red sandstone, overlooking the river.
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^ View the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind), the intriguing facade built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to view the city and bazaar from the windows.

.Make sure to wear mosquito repellent.^ Also make sure you have a pair of stockings you can wear, what they give you to wear is very uncomfortable.
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^ Cover your feet, legs, arms and head (either with clothes or repellent) and wear bright clothing (mosquitoes love emos).

^ Make sure windows shut properly or you could end up being eaten alive by mosquitoes.

Entering the palace within Agra Fort
Entering the palace within Agra Fort
The Taj and the Yamuna River from the ramparts of Agra Fort
The Taj and the Yamuna River from the ramparts of Agra Fort
.The fort is similar in layout to the Red Fort in Delhi, but considerably better preserved, as much of Delhi Fort was razed by the British after the Mutiny.^ Red Fort, Delhi, 1638-1648 .

^ Agra Fort should not be confused with the much smaller Red Fort at Delhi.
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^ Entering the palace within Agra Fort The Taj and the Yamuna River from the ramparts of Agra Fort The fort is similar in layout to the Red Fort in , but considerably better preserved, as much of Delhi Fort was razed by the British after the Mutiny.
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.As much as palace as a defensive structure, it is also constructed mainly from red sandstone.^ As much as palace as a defensive structure, it is also constructed mainly from red sandstone.
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^ A ; brilliant red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah ; Jahan (who also built Agra's Taj Mahal) as his ruling palace.
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^ We begin by visiting the Jahangiri Mahal , a long palace of red sandstone, its façade decorated with arches picked out in white marble.
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.Emperor Akbar, king at 14, began consolidating his empire and, as an assertion of his power built the fort in Agra between 1565 and 1571, at the same time as Humayun's Tomb in Delhi.^ AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.
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^ AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is ; predominantly of red sandstone.
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^ Agra Red Fort, built by Akbar, is known for architectural brilliance.
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.Emperor Shah Jahan added to the fort and ended up a prisoner in it.^ The grave of Shah Jahan was added to it later.
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^ Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan.
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^ In 1612, Emperor Shah Jahan married.

.The fort has a beautiful view of his masterpiece, the Taj Mahal, on a clear day.^ The beauty of Taj Mahal is unparalleled.
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^ All the units ; offer an uninterrupted view of the beauty of Taj Mahal.
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^ Up close with the beautiful Taj Mahal .
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.You can get to the fort by a cheap city shuttle bus from the north gate of the Taj or Rickshaw from Taj Mahal for around 25-30Rs.^ The Taj Mahal is around 1.5kms from the hotel and Agra Fort, 5kms away.
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^ Afternoon city tour includes ; Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.

^ Anyhow, it is the city of the Taj Mahal.

.Entry to the fort is Rs 250 (plus levy of 50 Rupees if you have not already paid the 500Rs fee for Taj Mahal).^ You must have heard of the Taj Mahal .

^ You do however, have to start with the Taj Mahal.
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^ We then bring you to Taj Mahal.
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.There are left luggage services at Agra Fort where you can stow your bags at no cost.^ Agra Fort is no mausoleum.
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^ The Agra Cantt train station is 5km to the west, so it will cost you around Rs 50 to bring you there.
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^ The fort houses various beautiful palaces and mansions that you can visit on your tour of Agra Fort .

.A fine of Rs 5,000 applies if you lose your luggage ticket.^ Indian girls This afternoon, lose yourself in the local marble and leather markets where you should do your best to bargain for the marble products and high quality leather wallets.
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^ You ; must accordingly check your tickets very carefully ; immediately on receipt to ensure you have the ; correct flight times.

^ As you deplane keep the following ready: ; • passport ; • Disembarkation Card ; • your flight ticket with luggage tags ; • pen ; When you leave the airplane you arrive at the immigration counter : show your passport with the ; Disembarkation Card which you have filled in.
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.
  • Swami Bagh, (10 km north of Agra).^ Soami Bagh , 10 km north of Agra.
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    ^ Fast Facts for reaching Sariska: Location: 214 km from New Delhi and 1 10 Km from Jaipur, 207 kms from Agra, .
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    ^ Next we drove to Sikander which is about 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Agra.
    • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

    .The white marble samadhi of the Radah Soami religion is currently under construction.^ The white marble samadhi of the Radah Soami religion is currently under construction.
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    ^ The Bari Khwabgah, or 'large sleeping room', has been attached to emperor Jahangir, and afterwards Shah Jahan enhanced grandeur by constructing a white marble Choti Khwabgah in the fort.
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    ^ It has many of the stylistic elements of the Taj Mahal and, like the Jama Masjid, it was constructed of red sandstone and white marble.
    • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

    .It was started in 1904 and is nor expected to be completed until sometime next century.^ It was started in 1904 and is nor expected to be completed until sometime next century.
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    ^ Significant waves of emigration from Arab lands did not start until the middle of ; the 19th century.
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    ^ The first completely Gothic castle or palace; was not built until 1280, at Marienburg (Prussia), and was; completed a century later.
    • History of Architecture: Chapters I-XIX 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You can see pietra dura inlaid marblework actulally being worked on.^ You can see pietra dura inlaid marblework actulally being worked on.
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    ^ The art work is floral pietra dura patterns on the columns of the structures, with precious stones and gilding.
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    ^ Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable.
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    .Soami Bagh is 2km north of Agra and can be reached by bus or cycle.  edit
  • Ram Bagh.^ Soami Bagh is 2km north of Agra and can be reached by bus or cycle.
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    ^ Soami Bagh , 10 km north of Agra.
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    ^ Chattries on the Yamuna bank to the north of Ram Bagh .
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    .The first Mughal gardens, built by the first Mughal Emperor Babar, 500 m North of the Chini Ka Rauza.^ Chini ka Rauza .
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    ^ The first Mughal gardens, built by the first Mughal Emperor Babar, 500 m North of the Chini Ka Rauza.
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    ^ Ram Bagh - One of ; the earliest Mughal gardens, it was laid out by Emperor ; Babar - the founder of the Mughal dynasty.
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    .Ram Bagh Crossing.  edit
  • Mehtab Bagh, (directly across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal, the trip takes about 30 minutes from the center of town by autorickshaw and will cost about Rs 200).^ We will invest about Rs 30 crore in addition to the land cost.
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    ^ The cross-section of Taj Mahal is also not produced.
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    ^ The trip takes about 30 minutes from the center of town by autorickshaw and will cost about Rs 200.
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    .These botanical gardens give you an opportunity to view the Taj at a remove from the crowds of tourists..^ These botanical gardens give you an opportunity to view the Taj at a remove from the crowds of tourists.
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    ^ View of TAJ and Garden from Fountain, illus.
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    ^ Since this will be your second last day with us, we will give you the opportunity to plan your tour according to your wish.
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    .Alternatively, walk past the entrance and straight to the sandy banks of the river: the view of the Taj is every bit as lovely (perhaps more so, since the barbed wire fence surrounding the gardens will be behind you), although you may have to deal with aggressive touts. Entrance to the park is Rs 100 for foreigners.
    ^ They ; ; may be seen from the river bank.
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    ^ They may be seen from the river bank.
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    ^ The Garden appeals more to the beholder, since it ; stands as a symbol of love.

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  • Balkeshwar Temple, (At Balkeshwar, at river side of Yamuna).^ These are ; the city of Agra and the holy cities: the cities of ; Varanasi, Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar and Allahabad, ; by the sacred rivers — the Ganga and the Yamuna ; are all located in the state.
    • Uttar Pradesh India - Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Uttar Pradesh Tourism Information Guide, Tourist Destinations in UP 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.joy-travels.com [Source type: News]

    ^ During the last few centuries the ; ; residents of Agra had to be content with ; ; worshipping at only four prominent Shiva ; ; temples viz., Balkeshwar , ; Prithvinath , ; ; Manakameshwar and ; Rajarajeshwar .
    • Taj Mahal - A Hindu Temple-Palace 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.flex.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was quite refreshing to see the beautiful mango groves on the Dholpur side of the river, after passing through a large tract of country in which no tree of any kind was to be seen.
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    .A temple of Lord Shiva  edit
  • Kailash Temple, (at Sikandra, at the river Yamuna).^ Balkeshwar Temple located on the banks of River Yamuna, Kailash Temple placed at Sikandra, Mankameshwar Temple at Rawatpara, Prithvinath Temple situated at Rajpur Chungi and Mahakali Temple located at Sikandra are some of the important temples in Agra.
    • AGRA Travel Guide, Tourist places, Agra Hotels, Agra Tourism 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.mustseeindia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The magnificent Temple was built in 7th century ; A.D. Its beautiful polygonal dome enshrines Lord Vishnu ; and Shiva.

    ^ It is not far fetched that an idol of Lord Shiva could have been placed in the pre-islamic Kaaba, but I disagree with Mr. Oak on calling it an Hindu temple.
    • Jihadists threaten to blow up Taj Mahal - Jihad Watch 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.jihadwatch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .A Lord Shiva Temple.  edit
  • Mankameshwar Temple, (At Rawatpara, near Agra Fort railway station.).^ Site near Aonla railway station .
    • List of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains of Agra -;Archaeological Survey of India 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: News]

    ^ Monument near Kilah railway station .
    • List of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains of Agra -;Archaeological Survey of India 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: News]

    ^ The famous temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva.
    • Islam Watch - "Aurangzeb as he was according to Mughal Records" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC islam-watch.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Prithvinath Temple, (At Shahganj.^ During the last few centuries the ; ; residents of Agra had to be content with ; ; worshipping at only four prominent Shiva ; ; temples viz., Balkeshwar , ; Prithvinath , ; ; Manakameshwar and ; Rajarajeshwar .
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    ^ Leave a comment To See All SperlingViews for Agra Click Here .
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    ^ During the last few centuries the residents of Agra had to be content with worshipping at only four prominent Shiva temples viz., Balkeshwar, Prithvinath, Manakameshwar and Rajarajeshwar.
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    • Distortion of Indian History for Muslim Appeasement, Part 6A | Islam | FaithFreedom 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.faithfreedom.org [Source type: Original source]
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    On road to Jaypur.
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  • Rajeshwar Temple, (At Village Rajpur.^ During the last few centuries the ; ; residents of Agra had to be content with ; ; worshipping at only four prominent Shiva ; ; temples viz., Balkeshwar , ; Prithvinath , ; ; Manakameshwar and ; Rajarajeshwar .
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    ^ Balkeshwar Temple located on the banks of River Yamuna, Kailash Temple placed at Sikandra, Mankameshwar Temple at Rawatpara, Prithvinath Temple situated at Rajpur Chungi and Mahakali Temple located at Sikandra are some of the important temples in Agra.
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    On road to Shamshabd.
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  • Shyam Ji Maharaj Temple (At Bijlighar).^ In Vrindavan city, we would watch ISKCON temple and then return back to Agra city.
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  • Mahakal And Mahakali Temple, (At Sikandra railway crossing on Sikandra Bodla road).^ The railway line is laid more or less on the same ; alignment as the Hill Cart road, which criss-crosses the line at several ; locations.

    ^ Balkeshwar Temple located on the banks of River Yamuna, Kailash Temple placed at Sikandra, Mankameshwar Temple at Rawatpara, Prithvinath Temple situated at Rajpur Chungi and Mahakali Temple located at Sikandra are some of the important temples in Agra.
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    ^ Since Sikandra is on the way into Agra, we decide it makes sense to stop by and see it now.
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  • Rawli Maharaj Temple, (At Collectrate crossing, beside the railway track).^ The Sindhia State Railway leaves the Rajputana line at Agra, and, after crossing the Utanghan and Chambal, proceeds to Gwalior, via Dholpur.
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    ^ In Vrindavan city, we would watch ISKCON temple and then return back to Agra city.
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    .Very old temple.  edit
  • Sikandra, (10 km north of Agra on the Agra Delhi highway).^ DELHI AGRA (203 kms.
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    ^ Soami Bagh , 10 km north of Agra.
    • Discover Agra: Photos and hotspots on Google Maps, no need to book a flight or hotel 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC wiki.worldflicks.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Lolita - posted 15th April 2010 East of Agra 60 kms from Taj Agra is a peaceful temple complex of 108 temples of Siva called "BATESWAR".
    • Taj Mahal, Agra, India | World Reviewer 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.worldreviewer.com [Source type: General]

    .Open from sunrise to sunset.^ Open : Sunrise to sunset.
    • Agra Travel Guide, Agra India Travel Information Guide, Places to See in Agra Tourism, When to Go Agra, How To Reach Agra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.joy-travels.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Akbar's mausoleum is open from sunrise to sunset.
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    ^ Open daily from sunrise to sunset, entry is 10/250 rupees Indians/foreigners.
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    .The tomb of Akbar lies here in the centre of the large garden.^ The tomb of Akbar lies here in the centre of the large garden.
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    ^ The Tomb of Babur in Kabul is a much more modest affair where a simple cenotaph, exposed to the sky, is laid out in the centre of a walled garden.
    • Origins and architecture of the Taj Mahal - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Likewise, the tomb and gardens of that great queen, Nur Jahan, are largely invisible in today’s Lahore, despite the fact that she ruled a vast empire for decades.
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    .Akbar started its construction himself but it was completed by his son, Jehangir who significantly modified the original plans which accounts for the somewhat cluttered architectural lines of the tomb.^ Otherwise it was originally constructed by Akbar.
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    ^ Akbar himself planned; his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it.
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    ^ Akbar started its construction himself but it was completed by his son, Jehangir who significantly modified the original plans which accounts for the somewhat cluttered architectural lines of the tomb.
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    .Four red sandstone gates lead to the tomb complex: one is Muslim, one Hindu, one Christian, and one is Akbar's patent mixture.  edit
  • Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb.^ Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb .
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    ^ Four red sandstone's gates lead to the tomb complex: one is Muslim, one Hindu, one christian and one is Akbar's patent mixture.
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    ^ Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb .
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    .Empress Nur Jehan built Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, sometimes called the Baby Taj, for her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir.^ Empress Nur Jehan built Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, sometimes called the Baby Taj, for her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir.
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    ^ Khwaja Ghias-ud-din, 326.
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    ^ It is the tomb for the first minister of Emperor Jehangir.
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    .Small in comparison to many other Mughal-era tombs, it is sometimes described as a jewel box.^ Small in comparison to many other Mughal-era tombs, it is sometimes described as a jewel box.
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    ^ Agra has many shops selling various ; stones products, from jewellery to small boxes and plaques ; with inlay work resembling that on the Taj.
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    ^ Outside the wall are several additional mausoleums, including those of many of Shah Jahan's other wives, and a larger tomb for Mumtaz's favourite servant.

    .Its garden layout and use of white marble, pietra dura, inlay designs and latticework presage many elements of the Taj Mahal.  edit
  • Mariam's Tomb, (West from Akbar's Tomb on Agra-Delhi highway).^ Taj Mahal Sheer poetry in marble.
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    ^ Taj Mahal complex (Agra) .
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    ^ Inside was a garden with a white marble tomb in the center.
    • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

    .Constructed by Jahangir in the memory of his mother Mariam Zammani a title bestowed upon her,.^ Constructed by Jahangir in the memory of his mother Mariam Zammani a title bestowed upon her,.
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    ^ This tomb is the memorial of Jodh Bai, daughter of Udai Singh, _alias_ Moth Raja, who was married to Jahangir in A.D. 1585, and was the mother of Shah Jahan.
    • Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official / Sleeman, William, 1788-1856 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Zafar-ud-daula had died in the meantime and his title was bestowed upon his son.
    • The Gazetteers Department - AKOLA 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.maharashtra.gov.in [Source type: Original source]

    .The grave is made of white marble.^ The grave is made of white marble.
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    ^ From a distance it appears as it this too is made of white marble.
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    ^ Day 5 (Sat) Jodhpur ; Morning sightseeing of Jodhpur, known for its ; rock solid Meharangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and ; group of Royal Cenotaphs made of White marble.

    .Though this building is in a ruined condition, yet it has in its vicinity, a Christian Mission School and a church.^ Though this building is in a ruined condition, yet it has in its vicinity, a Christian Mission School and a church.
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    ^ The Christians are chiefly Roman Catholics, although the American, Danish Lutheran, and Scotch Church missions have stations in the District.
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    ^ Though parts of Raigad are in ruins, yet they inspire an aura of grandeur.
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    .It is also said; Akbar himself made that it in the memory of his Christian wife.  edit
  • Jama Masjid.^ It is also said; Akbar himself made that it in the memory of his Christian wife.
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    ^ Mariyam's Tomb - This ; unique tomb in red sandstone was built in 1611 A.D. ; in memory of Emperor Akbar's Goan-Christian wife - Mariyam.
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    ^ The King's son was not unnecessarily cruel however, and he made sure the King lived in luxury, with a view of the memorial he had built for his wife.
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    .A large mosque attributed to Princess Jahanara Begum, built in 1648 during the reign of the father Shah Jahan.^ This truly magnificent mosque was built in the 1650's by Shah Jahan.
    • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

    ^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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    ^ Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan.
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    .Notable for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.  edit
  • Chini Ka Roza.^ Notable for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.
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    ^ Chini ka Rauza isn’t remarkable seen from afar; it’s a dull grey building with a shallow dome and four minaret-like structures (known in Indian architecture as guldastas ).
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    .A memorial dedicated to the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz, notable for its dome of blue glazed tiles.  edit
  • Gurudwara Guru ka Taal, (at Delhi-Agra Highway, located between Transport Nagar and Sikandra), [2].^ A memorial dedicated to the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz, notable for its dome of blue glazed tiles.
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    ^ During that negotiation Shah Jahan was at Agra.
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    ^ Shah Jahan also built or renovated forts in Delhi and in Agra.
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  • Adlabs multiplex.^ Leave a comment To See All SperlingViews for Agra Click Here .
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    .Interactive Theatre, which is the first ever interactive cinema theatre in the world, each viewer holds a wireless remote unit with push buttons and a small LCD screen, enabling them to participate in a trivia game about the theme of the film.^ Parsi fire temple to be shown in Little Zizou Oneindia - Tamilnadu,India Folks, we are talking about the first ever Bollywood film that has an entire sequence in a Parsi fire temple.

    ^ Before watching the film about the First African World War in ; Congo, just a little background on Rwanda.

    ^ John scores for football Times of India - New Delhi,India “It was a sweet film about a little boy's love for the game apart from being about Parsis.

    .The show is called India in Motion, a 25 minute show where the audience will pass through today's India in, or on, a variety of typical vehicles and see the historical events at sites like Mohenjo Daro, Indraprastha and the Taj Mahal, experiencing the bumpy elephant rides with the wind blowing through their hair, or the swaying boat with salty spray on their faces.^ I loved seeing and experiencing the Taj Mahal - my reason for going to India!
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    ^ August 2009 Taj Mahal-India .
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    ^ I hope you liked Taj Mahal – its quite a sight to see!
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    .Before the actual show there is a interactive quiz on various topic relating to India. Rs 150 for a Hindi Show & Rs 450 for a show in English.
    ^ Before the actual processes of purification begins, there is a need to ; prepare the body in prescribed methods and encourage the body to let go of the toxins.

    ^ The company also plans to put up 50 more screens in the next 6 months all over India with an estimated investment of Rs 150 crore.
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    ^ Brahmi Hindi English Happy 60th India!

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  • Taj Mahotsav, [3].^ TAJ REMAINS CLOSED FOR PUBLIC ON FRIDAYS ; Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Agra Fort.
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    ^ With the annual 10-day Taj Mahotsav that began Feb 18, Agra has invited a large number of foreign tourists.

    .10 day festival held in February every year at Shilpgram, near the Taj Mahal.^ Festivals Two-day Hemis festival is held every ; year in June/July.

    ^ It is white marble and semi-precious stones on the dome of the Taj that make Taj Mahal change colour during the day and on moonlit nights.
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    ^ Tourism The Taj Mahal attracts 2 million visitors every year of whom 200,000 come from overseas, making it one of the most popular international attractions in India.
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    .It start from 18th of every February and continues till 27th of February.^ The struggle continued till the death of Auiangzeb on February 20, 1707.
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    It is a festival of art, craft, culture, etc.
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.Agra has many shops selling various stone products, from jewellery to small boxes and plaques with inlay work resembling that on the Taj.^ A pleasant town with comparatively ; slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on ; marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of ; those who worked under the Mughals.
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^ A pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals.
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^ We navigate the narrow streets of Old Delhi, faced with rows of small shops devoted to one type of product, e.g.
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.The best of these are wonderful, and even the run-of-the-mill ones are rather pretty.^ The best ; of these are wonderful, and even the run-of-the-mill ; ones are rather pretty.
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^ From: labgeek ; ; Description: I'm pretty sure everyone who reads these blogs tries to stay in perfect health(as best as they can).
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^ It is one of the best places in India where visitors will have the most wonderful time traveling and visiting these great wonders of the golden state.
  • triangle - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: General]

.Agra is also famous for its leather goods.^ Agra is also famous for it leather ; Shoes and other leather goods and there are few very ; good manufacturers all round the city.
  • Agra Travel Guide, Agra India Travel Information Guide, Places to See in Agra Tourism, When to Go Agra, How To Reach Agra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.joy-travels.com [Source type: News]

.Consider spending time in Sadar Bazaar for some shopping and enjoying cheap food.^ Spend some time at the Jag Mandir.
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^ On a warm Sunday morning, people ; who rarely spend time together were taking time to ; enjoy one another's company and have fun.

^ Spend some time strolling in a beautiful (but not quiet) atmosphere of Mount Abu.
  • Priceless Rajasthan Tour Package: India Line Travel 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.indialine.com [Source type: General]

Beware of being overcharged. .Do not let anyone lead you to a shop, lest the price go up to cover their commission, typically 50%.^ "Please, let me take you to shop.

^ I knew about the crooked taxis that would zip you off to a hotel of their choice where they collected a sweet commission, which was, of course, charged back to you, and I wasn't going to let that happen to me.
  • Welcome to another plannet called "India" - Delhi-Varanassi-Agra-Jaisalmer, India Travel Blog 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.travelpod.com [Source type: General]

^ It's not us who stink, it's you guys who cover up your stinking body by spraying loads of perfume all over.
  • Indian Culture : Glorious Myths 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

.Be very wary of the promises these people make.^ It's a very complex issue because a lot of ambivalence from the majority population that is skeptical about these people's loyalty to the country they want to be citizens of.
  • arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.sos-arsenic.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Still,; 70% of the population lives in rural areas where the people are very poor.; These families feel that they must have a boy to survive.

^ PEOPLE- While I found the people in India very nice and helpful, I had the feeling that they are all struggling to make a decent living in a country which is very overpopulated.
  • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

Bargain hard. .Be prepared to walk away, you can nearly always get the same items in another shop.^ Shopping and walking in Chandni chowk lanes will be a totally new experience for you.
  • Heritage India Tour Package with Taj Mahal,Indian Taj Mahal Heritage Tour,Heritage Tour Packages to Tahj Mahal Agra, India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.indiasite.com [Source type: General]

^ Sometimes it takes more strength to walk away from a fight you shouldn’t be involved in than to display a false sense of macho and a false sense of courage by engaging in that fight.

^ If they walk away, then you know you've offered too little.
  • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

.Also remember that in these globalized times, you can always order stuff you liked in your visit over the internet after you return.^ Scammers always ask you if this is your first time in India.

^ 'You like your present Government, do you not?'
  • W. H. Sleeman - Rambles and Recollections of an Indian;Official 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official / Sleeman, William, 1788-1856 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thank you for your time and consideration.

Eat

.Agra specialities are petha, a type of very sweet candy, and Dal Moth, a spicy lentil mix.^ Get a packet of delicious ‘petha’ (typical Agra sweet) made from cucumber and in varied flavours.
  • Rajasthan Province Tour With Wildlife Safari : Shubh Yatra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.shubhyatra.com [Source type: General]

Both are also popular souvenirs.
Chaat. Agra is a heaven for any Chaat lover. .Chaat can be of various types but there is one thing common among them all is that they are spicy and you will find crowd outside virtually every chaat stall, especially popular places like Double Phatak (near Sikandra) for Mangores.^ I'd like to thank you all for coming.
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^ You forget they are the blessed ones.
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^ One more thing, I would like to share with you.
  • FunPen 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC funpen.org [Source type: Original source]

.You'll find quality Bhallas and Panipuri at Sadar and Belangunj.^ Less than 2 kilometers from the Taj Mahal, on the same river bank, you'll find the impressive Agra Fort.
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^ Whatever class you fly in with Virgin Atlantic, you'll always experience that little bit extra - a quality that sets Virgin Atlantic apart.

^ You'll have more luck finding a sign that ; says "Veg-Nonveg" than their actual restaurant sign.
  • Integrated Rural Planning & Development Focusing on Community Based Tourism Early Fall 2009 (August 28-September 22) UW-Exploration Seminar 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC courses.washington.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Samosa and Kachori are found at every sweet shop that flood the city. .Some typical chaat items are Aloo Tikki (made by roasting mess made out of boiled potatoes), paneer tikka (cubes of cottage cheese baked in a tandoor with spices), pani puri or golguppa (small round hollow shells filled with a potato-based filling and a spicy sweet blend of sauces), mangores, Samosaes, Chachori etc.^ You get many types of parathas -- for example, aloo parathas and gobi parathas, made of potato and cauliflower respectively.

^ Over the weekend we both learned how to make genuine Indian food - we started by learning how to cook a Matah Paneer (a classic Indian dish made with cottage cheese) and then supplemented this by whipping up some chippati and puri - pancake-like rolls which accompany the main curry.

^ Get a packet of delicious ‘petha’ (typical Agra sweet) made from cucumber and in varied flavours.
  • Rajasthan Province Tour With Wildlife Safari : Shubh Yatra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.shubhyatra.com [Source type: General]

.If you want to savour the typical Agra Breakfast do remember to have a bite of one of those spicy Berahi and round it off with sweet Jalebies.^ "It was something you don't want to remember.

^ I do remember how the guys are interesting in clicking photos with you, but appreciate about your long patience to make every one happy and felicitous by giving a sweet simple smile.
  • Taj Mahal, Agra — Matt Mullenweg 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC ma.tt [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Those of you that want a fight need to consider the impact on your jihadi goals.
  • Fitzgerald: What would have followed? - Jihad Watch 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.jihadwatch.org [Source type: Original source]

Sweets. .There are quite a few good sweets shops all round the city.^ As I looked to my left I immediately noticed that in the next building on the ground floor was a shop advertising worldwide shipping of all sorts of goods and articles.
  • My India: A 2004 Journey Home, a journey back home 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC people.virginia.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ There are many moving companies in this city offering complete solution to your all kinds of relocation needs.
  • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

^ Our best officers have; always understood this quite well; and they have never tried to; flog and harass men out of all that we find good in them for our; purposes.
  • W. H. Sleeman - Rambles and Recollections of an Indian;Official 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.The best stores for buying the famous petha of Agra are at Hari Parwat, a short ride from Agra Fort.^ The Taj ; Mahal is the most notable heritage structures in Agra along with Agra Fort ; and Fatehpur ; Sikri being other famous structures.
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^ The Taj Mahal is the most notable heritage structures in Agra along with Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri being other famous structures.
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^ According to Bentinck's biographer John Rosselli, the story arose from Bentinck's fund-raising sale of discarded marble from Agra Fort and of the metal from a famous but obsolete Agra cannon.

Amongst the well-known stores are Panchi's , Bhimsain BaidyaNath and The Pracheen Petha store. .There are many types of petha available but, for the authentic experience, try either the plain one (ivory white) or Angoori Flavored (rectangular and yellow pieces soaked in sugar syrup).^ So, if you arrive early morning, then either you have to wait for ; couple of hours to get rooms (although we try our best to get you ; rooms as early as possible after 8 am but this is subject to availability ; and cannot be guaranteed).

^ Contrary to this there are many who believe the script is agglutinative and hieroglyphic, much older than the one found in Egypt and Sumer.

^ In cases where one industry has many distinct branches, there are several guilds.
  • Full text of "The imperial gazetteer of India" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

.Other stores in Agra include: Bikanervala, Deviram, Munnalal Petha, Gopaldas, and Ajanta Sweets, Kamla Nagar.^ Get a packet of delicious ‘petha’ (typical Agra sweet) made from cucumber and in varied flavours.
  • Rajasthan Province Tour With Wildlife Safari : Shubh Yatra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.shubhyatra.com [Source type: General]

^ Day 04 : Agra Sikandra - Bharatpur Highlights: Guided sightseeing of Red Fort in the morning Pick up world famous ‘petha’ sweet and other items for home decoration Continue journey to Bharatpur.
  • Rajasthan Province Tour With Wildlife Safari : Shubh Yatra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.shubhyatra.com [Source type: General]

.Do remember to round off your meal with a Joda(Pair) of Pan unique to the city.^ Re-connected with A, and we went off to the City Palace, which was quite a let down, but it did have a pair of Guiness-book winning largest silver urns.
  • GriffJon's World Tour: September 2007 Archives 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.griffjon.com [Source type: General]

^ Enjoy the afternoon exploring the city on your own Overnight: Kathmandu Meals: Breakfast .
  • Spiritual Tours: Varanasi India with Tour Reviews - Ruba.com 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ruba.com [Source type: General]

^ The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own Overnight: Khajuraho Meals: Breakfast .
  • Spiritual Tours: Varanasi India with Tour Reviews - Ruba.com 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ruba.com [Source type: General]

.There are several restaurants in the Taj Ganj area, catering for the many tourists staying around the Taj Mahal.^ There are several extensive forest areas.
  • Full text of "The imperial gazetteer of India" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There are many limekilns In the area.
  • A Small Diary of me!: 05/08/08 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC vilekhari.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Overnight stay at Hotel Taj ; Mahal.

.
  • Treat Restaurant, South Gate Taj Mahal, 9319697497 ().^ If the chief architect were; the one who conceived and designed the Taj Mahal, it is unlikely that he would; be treated at par with the chief mason and the calligrapher.
    • The Question of the Taj Mahal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.stephen-knapp.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Thomas Daniell, R.A., painted his "South View of the Taj Mahal."
    • Timeline India 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.timelines.ws [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A raised marble water tank at the center of the garden, halfway between the tomb and the gateway , and a linear reflecting pool on the North-South axis reflect the Taj Mahal.
    • Origins and architecture of the Taj Mahal - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .breakfast, lunch and dinner.^ J ;  All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at the hotels ; indicated below during the program dates, starting with ; dinner on October 31 and ending with dinner on ; November 13, 2009.
    • IndIa: Through The eyes of a TIger 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.stlzoo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ J ; All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as indicated on the itinerary.
    • IndIa: Through The eyes of a TIger 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.stlzoo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Package Inclusions: Accommodation , breakfast, lunch, dinner, c hildren upto 5 years free on the package without extra bed sharing parent's room .
    • Destinations near New Delhi for weekend holidays or getaways. 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.caravantraveltalk.com [Source type: Academic]

    .20-60 for main dish, great Indian food..^ So since I moved blocks from Little India/Curry Hill in Manhattan to LA's westside, I have been eluded with anything resembling "great Indian food".
    • Agra Indian Kitchen - Venice - Venice, CA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ajmere is now connected with three great main lines : with the East India Railway at Agra ; the Bombay Baroda Railway at Ahmadabad; and the Great Indian Peninsula Railway at Khandwa\ Administration.
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    ^ This evening we ate more delicious Indian food – the kind of food that tastes great going down, but you know will cause problems later….
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     .'eat', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Treat Restaurant">edit
  • Silk Route Restaurant, 18-A/7-B Fatehabad Road (Opposite Howard Park Plaza), 0562 4002786, [4].^ Tourist Complex Area Fatehabad Road Uttar Pradesh Agra 282 001 India, Agra, 2… .
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    ^ Hotel Amar Hotel Mandakini Villas Hotel Yamuna View Howard Park Plaza Hotel ITC Mughal Hotel .
    • ; Agra Hotels - LOWEST DISCOUNT RATES for all Hotels in Agra with Map; 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Hamilton Bower, an Indian Army intelligence officer, returned to Calcutta with 51 birch-bark leaves of a manuscript acquired from a treasure hunter in Kucha, along the northern route of the Silk Road.
    • Timeline India 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.timelines.ws [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

     .'eat', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Silk Route Restaurant">edit
  • Only Restaurant, 0562-2364333 / 2266508, [5].^ The Yamuna was an artery for riverine trade, and Agra also had direct land connections linking it to the Silk Route.
    • Agra: Been There, Done That - IgoUgo Agra Journal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

    600-800 for main dish of 2.  edit

Drink

.Most hotel staff will be happy to find you a warm bottle of Indian beer for around 70-100 rs, but there is virtually no nightlife in Agra outside of cultural shows at some of the larger hotels and restaurants.^ (There were some female reception staff at the hotel, though.

^ Now there is no such thing like Indian culture.
  • Indian Culture : Glorious Myths 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Here you find some of the most beautiful motifs in Agra Fort.
  • Agra Fort 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.hampi.in [Source type: Original source]

.After getting off the streets of Agra and into your hotel, you will not want to go back anyway.^ Go if you want to be a target."
  • Welcome to another plannet called "India" - Delhi-Varanassi-Agra-Jaisalmer, India Travel Blog 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.travelpod.com [Source type: General]

^ On arrival at Agra check into hotel.
  • 5 Nights / 6 Days Economical Golden Triangle(Delhi - Agra - Jaipur) Tour Package - TravelMarg.com 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.travelmarg.com [Source type: General]

^ Reach Agra and check into hotel.
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Sleep

Budget

.The main number of the budget hotels is situated around Taj-Mahal.^ Originally built in 1905, this heritage building is close to all important historical sites around Agra, including the Taj Mahal.
  • Trident Agra Hotel Agra India - BEST DISCOUNT RATES Hotel Deals 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

^ Making an booking at Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi is easy with our secure online form; just enter your dates and click.
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^ Located in downtown Agra, this well-appointed, modern hotel represents excellent value less than ten minutes from the Taj Mahal.
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.From one point of view it is very convenient, but at the same time it is the most dirty district of the city (with monkeys on the roofs, rats inside the buildings and waiters who can not read and write).^ The city is in Uttar Pradesh, which happens to be one of India's busiest financial districts.
  • Agra Airport,Airport of Agra,Airport in Agra,Agra;; 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Akin Adesina, who is the vice president for policy and partnerships at AGRA, and who has been one of the ; major motive forces, again, behind getting us to this point today.
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^ 'Fīrōz Shāh, who reigned from A.D. 1351 to A.D.; 1385 [ sic , 1388], is said to have placed a roof to the; building, but it is doubtful if there ever was one, as there are no; traces of the same.
  • W. H. Sleeman - Rambles and Recollections of an Indian;Official 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.While choosing where to live, be very careful!^ My wife and I had experienced some of the most enriching moments of our lives in very good and caring company.
  • My India: A 2004 Journey Home, a journey back home 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC people.virginia.edu [Source type: Original source]

.In the most places there is no hot water (you will get it only by ordering beforehand).^ Most places you have to order these separately.
  • Agra Indian Kitchen - Venice - Venice, CA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ When you were not in the region there was no problem.” .

^ Here there are no big malls, the shops are lined together in one stretch and you might have to bear the bumpy and exahausting roads.
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It is necessary to check everything, including the presence of bed-linen.
.
  • Dayal Lodge, 25 New Agra, Dayalbagh Road (Towards Dayalbagh), +91-9219606365, +91-562-2524560 (, fax: +91 562 2524560), [6].^ D.E.I., Dayalbagh, Agra, on Simulation Model of HIV infected Population , in Training ; Camp organized by National Service Scheme on 25 Dec.
    • Teaching Assistant at D.E.I., Dayalbagh, Agra 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC works.bepress.com [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Phone: 033-2563 5421(R) / +91-98832 93865(M) E-mail: mailkaro.sandip@gmail.com / mailkaro_sandip@yahoo.com .
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    ^ Fax: 91-80-26790517 Email: ibmtedu@vsnl.com Website: http://www.ibmtedu.org .
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    checkin: 12 Noon; checkout: 12 Noon. .Established in the early 60s, with 10 well furnished AC rooms/and Dormitories equipped with basic amenities.^ It is quite serious and may cause death even if treated in well equipped centres.; 10.
    • Is the Gujarat police so impotent that it had to kill a woman in cold blood? 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ General ; This property comprises 3 well-appointed conference rooms, catering from ; 10 to 130 delegates.
    • Elegant India Taj Mahal Energy Enhancement Meditation Course and 5 Star Holiday Tour 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

    ^ It will also have a state-of-the-art mall, well-equipped gymnasium and other amenities.
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    24 Hrs. made-to-order kitchen, in-house laundry facilities, local airport/railway station transfers.
    Rs 450-750.  .'sleep', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Dayal Lodge">edit
  • Hotel Jaiwal, 3 Taj Road, Sadar Bazar, +91 562 2363153.^ As it was already dusk when we reached Agra again, we simply decided to have dinner on another hotel’s roof top while again starting to stare at the Taj Mahal.

    ^ Ten minutes from the Taj Mahal, this mid-range hotel offers budget-conscious travelers a handy base from which to explore historical Agra.
    • Trident Agra Hotel Agra India - BEST DISCOUNT RATES Hotel Deals 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Taj Home Stay Hotel Agra .
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    Rs 75-325.  .'sleep', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Hotel Jaiwal">edit
  • Hotel Kamal, (by the south gate of the Taj Mahal), 0091-562-2330126 ().^ AGRA and the TAJ MAHAL ; Day 10 :- Full day at Leisure to Practise EE. .
    • Elegant India Taj Mahal Energy Enhancement Meditation Course and 5 Star Holiday Tour 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

    ^ In the Mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built.
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    ^ As it was already dusk when we reached Agra again, we simply decided to have dinner on another hotel’s roof top while again starting to stare at the Taj Mahal.

    Rs 300-850.  .'sleep', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Hotel Kamal">edit
  • Hotel Neel Kanth, Fatehabad Road, +91 562 2362039.^ Tourist Complex Area Fatehabad Road Uttar Pradesh Agra 282 001 India, Agra, 2… .
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    ^ Taj Ganj Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 ; 001  .
    • Elegant India Taj Mahal Energy Enhancement Meditation Course and 5 Star Holiday Tour 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]
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    ^ Tourist Complex Area Fatehabad Road Agra 282 001 India Located in the city centre, approximately ten minutes by car to the Taj Mahal.
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    Rs 100-00.  .'sleep', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Hotel Neel Kanth">edit
  • Youth Hostel, Sanjay Place, M. G. Road, +91 562 2154462.^ TAJ REMAINS CLOSED FOR PUBLIC ON FRIDAYS ; Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Agra Fort.
    • TRAVEL CORPORATION ( INDIA ) LTD. 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ryalsmeet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Click the ' Footnote No.: ' to return to the appropriate place in the text.; PUBLISHED JANUARY 4, 1897.
    • 41 Years in India - From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief - Lord Roberts of Kandahar 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    Rs 50-125.  .'sleep', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Youth Hostel">edit
  • Tourist Rest House, Balu Ganj,, +91 (562) 23514903.^ The Tourist Rest House, the place I was planning to stay, had doubled their rates after appearing in LP. Damn.
    • The Great Out There - India Journals 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gonewalkabout.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ When foreign tourists visit Agra, particularly from Pakistan and other West Asian countries, they ask us about Ghalib’s house.
    • The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.tribuneindia.com [Source type: News]

    ^ En route accommodation is ; available at Bhojwasa in Tourist Rest House.
    • North India - Uttar Pradesh 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.asia-planet.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Recommended by Lonely Planet but will disappoint many travelers.^ Heinrich in Nepal had recommended a place he had stayed at, one not mentioned in Lonely Planet.
    • The Great Out There - India Journals 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gonewalkabout.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Are available from private "government approed" travel offices throughout Delhi but many in Paharganj or CP. None are recommended at this time.

    ^ At about 10pm we reached Jaipur and took a rickshaw for the Evergreen hotel which was recommended by Lonely Planet and some other trainees who had already stayed there.

    .Does not have hot water or AC vents, TVs do not work and staff can be surly.^ It was a little hot, and lowering the temperature on the AC didn’t work: I spent quite a while tossing and turning.
    • Agra: Been There, Done That - IgoUgo Agra Journal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The facilities include running hot and cold ; water, telephone, TV, tea/coffee maker.

    Be prepared to bargain hard for rooms.
    Rs 50-125.  .'sleep', 'Agra');return false;" title="click to edit Tourist Rest House">edit
  • Saniya Palace, Chowk kajziyan, South Gate, Taj Ganj, +91 (0562) 3270199.^ The Tourist Rest House, the place I was planning to stay, had doubled their rates after appearing in LP. Damn.
    • The Great Out There - India Journals 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gonewalkabout.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Wilson watched the assault from the top of the house, and when he; was satisfied that it had proved successful, he rode through the Kashmir; gate to the church, where he remained for the rest of the day.
    • 41 Years in India - From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief - Lord Roberts of Kandahar 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Taj Ganj Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 ; 001  .
    • Elegant India Taj Mahal Energy Enhancement Meditation Course and 5 Star Holiday Tour 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]
    • Taj Mahal India Tour Meditation Techniques Menu 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

    .Good budget hotel with some A/C rooms.^ Taj Group subsidiary Ginger Hotel is also likely to set up a 100-room budget hotel in Chandigarh.
    • Projects in smaller cities [Archive] - SkyscraperCity 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.skyscrapercity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The hotel would soon send a bellboy up to our room and haul away some of our belongings.
    • My India: A 2004 Journey Home, a journey back home 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC people.virginia.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Besides this, a local chain of hotels ‘Orange’ promoted a BJP leader has also decided to promote two budget hotels of 36 rooms and 22 rooms each with the provision of conversion.
    • Projects in smaller cities [Archive] - SkyscraperCity 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.skyscrapercity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .24 hr room service.^ Laundry and 24 hour room ; service.

    ^ Air ; conditioning, ; 24 hour room service, ; telephone, television, computer ; dataport and minibar.

    ^ Attached bath and shower with hot and cold ; water, piped music, radio, telephone, 24 hour ; room and laundry service.

    .Friendly staff & fantastic views of the Taj mahal from the roof top restaurant.^ There is a roof top restaurant.
    • Projects in smaller cities [Archive] - SkyscraperCity 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.skyscrapercity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, see it by moonlight.
    • Taj Mahal India Tours | Taj Mahal Holiday Packages | Luxury Travel Packages to Taj Mahal | Taj Mahal Tour Packages India | Agra Taj Mahal India | Taj Mahal Holidays 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.holidays4india.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This is a full-size replica of the massive metal finial topping the Taj Mahal, and was put in by the British.
    • Agra: Been There, Done That - IgoUgo Agra Journal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

    ."Not recommended" after last visit in which we pre-booked a room then on arrival late at night they had given our room away.  edit
  • Hotel Mandakini Villas, Fatehabad Road, Purani Mandi, Taj Ganj (Next to Western Gate of Taj Mahal), Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, +91 5626453854, [7].^ Taj Mahal is the not only the attraction of Agra or India but also of the world tourism.
    • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

    ^ Stay at ; ; ; the Taj View Hotel in deluxe rooms facing the Taj Mahal ; a mile away.
    • IndIa: Through The eyes of a TIger 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.stlzoo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Tourist Complex Area Fatehabad Road Uttar Pradesh Agra 282 001 India, Agra, 2… .
    • Agra Hotels - Discount hotels in Agra at AsiaRooms.com 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Agra Hotels - Discount hotels in Agra at AsiaRooms.com 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    checkout: noon. .200 meters from the Taj Mahal's West Gate.^ When I arrive the east gate of Taj Mahal.
    • Taj Mahal on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, riding a tonga – or horse carriage – to the gates.
    • Spiritual Tours: Varanasi India with Tour Reviews - Ruba.com 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The body was taken out by the Mori Gate and hurriedly consigned to the grave in the Taj Mahal mausoleum.
    • Islam Watch - "Aurangzeb as he was according to Mughal Records" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC islam-watch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It offers air-conditioned rooms each with cable TV with 100 channels, broadband Internet connection, private bathroom with cold water and direct-dial phone.^ All ; rooms have attached modern bathrooms with hot and cold ; water.
    • IndIa: Through The eyes of a TIger 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.stlzoo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It was as cool as an air-conditioned room.

    ^ TV and direct dial telephone.

    .You might get a little bit warmer than cold water by requesting it from the reception a few times.^ The cold-weather rains of December and; January are variable and uncertain, and rarely last more than a few; days.
    • W. H. Sleeman - Rambles and Recollections of an Indian;Official 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The cold-weather rains of December and January are variable and uncertain, and rarely last more than a few days.
    • Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official / Sleeman, William, 1788-1856 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Whatever class you fly in with Virgin Atlantic, you'll always experience that little bit extra - a quality that sets Virgin Atlantic apart.

    .It is not possible to sleep without ear plugs in the first floor because of the noise coming from corridor and reception all night.^ Agra, February 20 ; To get to Agra, I had to back track to Delhi, spend the night, and then catch the morning train: all because the airport was closed.
    • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This review has been a long time coming...I went here recently because I had a coupon (yes, a coupon, it's a recession for crying out loud and I eat out all the time!
    • Agra Indian Kitchen - Venice - Venice, CA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You will need some rupies - because you are charged for every ATM transaction, get all you need at the first ATM! Forget travelers checks - we took them and didn't use.
    • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

    .Get a room from higher floors. Rates start at Rs 2,690.
    ^ Executive rooms are located on the higher floors and offer ; benefits as a dedicated Club lounge where you can enjoy complimentary ; snacks and beverages throughout ; the day.

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  • Laurie's Hotel, Mahatma Gandhi Road, +91 562 2364536 (fax: +91 562 2268045).^ Hotel Amar Hotel Mandakini Villas Hotel Yamuna View Howard Park Plaza Hotel ITC Mughal Hotel .
    • ; Agra Hotels - LOWEST DISCOUNT RATES for all Hotels in Agra with Map; 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Meharotra ; Care Taker ; 3/14,Asha Bhawan, 70-A, ; Mahatma Gandhi Marg,Opposite ; Subhashpark, Agra ; 134.
    • KENDRIYA HINDI SANSTHAN, AGRA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.hindisansthan.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Gandhi's stature as an Indian ; political and spiritual leader earned him the prestigious title of Mahatma ("Great Soul").
    • ASIAN-AMERICAN BASELINE ESSAY 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.pps.k12.or.us [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .An old colonial hotel from the British era (some say it hasn't been upgraded since!^ Stay at the Galle Face Regency Hotel, a grand, ; luxurious hotel built in colonial style with old world charm ; and modern comforts.
    • IndIa: Through The eyes of a TIger 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.stlzoo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It was highly ; significant in facilitating population movement and the social-economic development in the British ; colonial era.

    ^ In 1947, who ever was old enough to have experienced the British rule to hate it enough, would have been ,say, 15 yrs old.
    • Indian Culture : Glorious Myths 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

    ), .Laurie's retains some of the charm of traveling in India in days of yore.^ When you mark the travel to and from India checkbox (and we connect you with an agency specializing in travel to India), ask to arrive at least a day before your tour begins, and leave at least a day after the tour ends.

    ^ He was alive when I left India, and; although he resided some distance from the railway he always had himself; carried to see me whenever I travelled in his direction.
    • 41 Years in India - From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief - Lord Roberts of Kandahar 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A day thus spent at Amber is usually one of the most enjoyable which falls to the lot of the traveller in India.
    • Full text of "The imperial gazetteer of India" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Rooms with impossibly high ceilings (fans, no aircon), lead off from verandahs with nice lawns outside.^ Room amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, music ; system, Sitting area, telephone, mini fridge and open terrace.

    ^ We’re instructed to take off our shoes outside the rauza , and barefooted, we enter the vestibule that leads into the main tomb chamber.
    • Agra: Been There, Done That - IgoUgo Agra Journal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The person who lives in the last village of Maru Pradesh has to wait for three days to get supply of water from outside … [And] there are no roads that lead to his village.

    A swimming pool from yesteryears graces the lawn (unfortunately closed in the winter). .But you can get British era service with 'bed tea', excellent freshly made chicken curry and rice to order, and creaky plumbing.^ I ordered the Chicken Curry, Garlic Naan bread and rice with saffron.
    • Agra Cafe - Silver Lake - Los Angeles, CA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I ordered lamb curry, chicken korma, matar paneer, naan & raita.
    • Agra Cafe - Silver Lake - Los Angeles, CA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

    ^ At dinner; a variety was made by the chicken being curried, accompanied by an; unlimited supply of rice and chutney.
    • 41 Years in India - From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief - Lord Roberts of Kandahar 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Some people will love it, others hate it, but you can't be indifferent to Laurie's!  edit
  • Hotel Raj.^ Different people have different views of the Taj but it would be enough to say that the Taj has a life of its own that leaps out of marble, provided you understand that it is a monument of love.
    • Who built Taj mahal? - Yahoo! Answers India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC in.answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You'd be lucky if you got some of the really interesting people like Narayani Gupta, a historian, to take you around.

    ^ This was the perfect way to observe riverside temples, people taking a “holy” dip, people bathing in the river, some doing yoga, and others offering flowers to the river.
    • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

    .Directly in front of the central entry of the Taj Mahal, simple but clean. About Rs 200.^ Four forty feet high minarets grace the Taj Mahal's central structure, with balconies dividing it into three levels, and the top covered by a "chhattri".
    • Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal India - Taj Mahal Agra - Taj Mahal Information - Taj Mahal Tour India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.indiatoursguide.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Early in the year 1973, chance digging in the garden in front of the Taj revealed another set of fountains about six feet below the present fountains.
    • The True Story of the Taj Mahal 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.stephen-knapp.com [Source type: Original source]
    • Distortion of Indian History for Muslim Appeasement, Part 6A | Islam | FaithFreedom 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.faithfreedom.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Do they care about the topic when they say Islam is this and that, when the post is about Taj Mahal?
    • Davis: Confirmed! Islam Does Have Great Architecture! - Jihad Watch 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.jihadwatch.org [Source type: Original source]

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Splurge

.Thanks to heavy competition, Agra's five-star hotels are pretty good value compared to most other cities in India.^ Other 5 star hotels in mumbai.
  • Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai,5 Star Hotels in Mumbai,India 2 February 2010 9:57 UTC www.hotelsmumbai.com [Source type: General]

^ Visit to Agra one of the most beautiful city of India.
  • triangle - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: General]

^ Get to know about Agra city of India.
  • Agra India - Agra Tourism - Agra City - Travel to Agra - Agra India Vacation - Tourism in Agra 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.bharatonline.com [Source type: General]

  • ITC Mughal, Taj Ganj, +91-562-4021700, [8]. .Formerly the Sheraton Mughal, this is one of Agra's top hotels, with views of the Taj from the roof viewing pavilion.^ The hotel’s roof top is to have a great view to the Taj Mahal.

    ^ Late afternoon arrive Agra and check in at Mughal ; Sheraton / Taj View.
    • Rajasthan off The Beaten Track Tour Package,Rajasthan off The Beaten Track,off Beaten Track Tour Packages,Rajasthan off Beaten Track Tour,Rajasthan Beaten Track Tour Operator 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.rajasthantourismindia.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Perhaps the most famous Islamic struture is the Taj Mahal in Agra, india,built (1632–48) by the Mughal ruler.....” - History Channel .
    • Same Day Tour to Agra,Tours of Agra,Agra Tour Package,Agra Same Day Tour,Same Day Agra Tour,Taj Mahal Same Day Tour,Agra India Tour Package,Agra Tour Package India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.indian-tour-operators.com [Source type: General]

    Large pool. .The hotel's age is starting to show, but the rooms are in fine shape.^ Show available room types View hotel on map (4.1 km) .
    • Agra Hotels - Discount hotels in Agra at AsiaRooms.com 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Show available room types View hotel on map (3.0 km) .
    • Agra Hotels - Discount hotels in Agra at AsiaRooms.com 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.asiarooms.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Hilton Dubai Creek offers unique dining concepts ; with the Glasshouse, a contemporary dining room, and Verre, the hotel's ; signature fine dining restaurant.

    .Popular with tour groups Rooms from US$160.
    ^ And being there early, arrangements were made for us to tour a site that wasn’t on our group’s itinerary; that being the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab.
    • STS Tours - Ray's Space 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC sts-tours.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Working with OAT in Boston by phone enabled us to join our group and pick up on the tour with out skiping a beat.
    • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

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  • Oberoi Amarvilas, Taj East Gate Road, +91 (562) 2231515, [9].^ The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra Hotel .
    • Trident Agra Hotel Agra India - BEST DISCOUNT RATES Hotel Deals 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Itc Mughal, Hotel Agra .
    • Agra, India Hotels - Yahoo! Malaysia Travel 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC malaysia.travel.yahoo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Legends and theories ; ; [edit] Origins of the name ; The name Taj comes from Persian, the language of the Mughal court, meaning crown, and Mahal, also Persian, means place, area, or neighborhood.
    • Who built Taj mahal? - Yahoo! Answers India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC in.answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

    .The best (and most expensive) hotel in Agra.^ Holidays in Agra combine the best hotels in Agra (India) with journeys to the historic Mughal monuments of Agra and nearby destinations.
    • Agra Hotels, Hotels in Agra,Holiday in Agra, Agra Travel and Tour packages 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC hotelsagra.com [Source type: News]

    ^ We customize our holidays in Agra tour packages to suit your requirements and offer you the best hotels in Agra (India) and the most exciting tours around Agra - city of the Taj Mahal.
    • Agra Hotels, Hotels in Agra,Holiday in Agra, Agra Travel and Tour packages 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC hotelsagra.com [Source type: News]

    ^ It is now one of India's most stunning and expensive heritage hotels; doubles start at 19,800 rupees (£265), room only.
    • ; Traveller's guide: Indian palaces -; Asia, Travel - The Independent 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

    .Its is consistently rated among the top 10 hotels in the world  edit
  • Trident Hilton, Fathebad Road, +91 (562) 2331818, [10].^ The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok has been consistently rated as one of the best hotels in the world.
    • ; ;Trade and Cultural Mission to India, Sept. 5-14, 2003;; 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.sos.wa.gov [Source type: News]

    ^ India has also a number of luxury ; hotels rated among best in the world Raj Vilas in Jaipur, Amar Vilas in Agra, Udai Vilas & Lake Palace in Udaipur are few to ; name.

    ^ With a few less detours and bathroom stops; one being an emergency stop on the roadway, we made it to the ‘Trident Hilton Hotel’ later in the afternoon.
    • STS Tours - Ray's Space 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC sts-tours.com [Source type: Original source]

    Solid Hilton quality, but poor location. .Outdoor pool, gym. Rooms from US$89..^ The hotel brochure gives us an idea of the services: a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, swimming pool, shopping arcade, room service, laundry, even an astrologer (yes!
    • Agra: Been There, Done That - IgoUgo Agra Journal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.igougo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The other ; facilities include roof top swimming pool with sea view, gym, sauna ; and steam room.

    ^ The facilities include outdoor lap ; pool, the 16-station life-cycle gym, steam, sauna, ; jacuzzi, squash court, 6-hole golf course.

     edit

Contact

.Agra comes under Uttar Pradesh (west) circle as per TRAI. BSNL [11],Airtel [12] are the two main providers of terrestrial telephone lines in Agra, while BNSL [13], AirTel [14], Vodafone [15] and Idea [16] provide GSM (triband) and Reliance [17] and Tata [18]provide CDMA services.^ UTTAR PRADESH ; 17.
  • 1985 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UTTAR PRADESH ; 18.
  • 1985 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Lahore: Progress News & Updates [Archive] - SkyscraperCity 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.skyscrapercity.com [Source type: News]

Internet

.There are several internet cafes / Cyber Cafes from where you can access the internet for sending email or uploading your digital photos.^ There are internet cafes everywhere, and they are quite cheap.

^ Are you saying there were no mass protests before the advent of the internet ?
  • Is the Gujarat police so impotent that it had to kill a woman in cold blood? 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC o3.indiatimes.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If you have access to a library and time to spare, and three IQ digits to rub together, you can do the same thing.
  • Davis: Confirmed! Islam Does Have Great Architecture! - Jihad Watch 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.jihadwatch.org [Source type: Original source]

  • Reliance World[19] has broadband connectivity at many location across the city.
  • Sify Iway[20] also offers broadband connectivity at different locations spread all over the city.
Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri
Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri
Mosque in Fatehpur Sikri
Mosque in Fatehpur Sikri
Farehpur Sikri Complex
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Farehpur Sikri Complex
  • Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO world heritage site.^ Also visit the ; Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a world heritage sight.

    ^ It is one another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city.
    • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

    ^ Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra , India .

    .Built in the the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about 10 years.^ Also visit the ; Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a world heritage sight.

    ^ Jahangir was born in Fatehpur Sikri , the new capital city Akbar built west of Agra.
    • Agra Fort 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.hampi.in [Source type: Original source]

    ^ On the way we stopped in Fatehpur Sikri, a 16th century city built by Akbar and then abandoned after only 15 years.
    • India 1997 - Part one - Delhi, Varanasi and Agra - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC traveldoug.com [Source type: General]

    Then it was abandonded for reasons that are still something of a mystery. .It includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.^ The complex of monuments and ; temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama ; Masjid.

    ^ Other historical monuments in Delhi are India Gate (War Memorial), Rajghat (the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid (the larges mosque in India), Lotus Temple (one of the Seven Wonders of India), Old Fort, Akshardham Temple (the largest Hindu Temple Complex in the world), etc.
    • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

    ^ OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
    • Royal Heritage Tour of Rajasthan,Royal Heritage Tour Packages India,Royal Heritage Tours India,Royal Heritage Tour,Royal Heritage Holiday India 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.eindiatrips.com [Source type: General]

    .In order to get a full idea of this site it is better to take a guide (Rs 300 for 2 hours for its chargeless entrance part) or have a good printed guide, otherwise it is not very interesting to see it.^ On a trip to this magnificent monument, it is better not to rush into seeing things, but to linger in the gardens, admire the scenic beauty, and take your time.
    • Travel to Agra,Agra Travel,Agra Tour Packages,Travel Destinations in Agra,Agra Travel Packages,Tourism in Agra,Travel Packages Agra,Rajasthan Heritage Travel,Jaipur Agra India Travel Package 10 February 2010 10:55 UTC www.capertravelindia.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Mukhia, asserts from his two hour visit to the site that The parts of the walls still in tact do not suggest any particular structure: either a temple or a house or any other.
    • International Conference On Indian History - India Forum Discussions - Page 4 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.india-forum.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They also forgot to give me my mango lassi but when I pointed it out on the bill, I was too full so not only did they take it off the bill but they gave me a free order to go.
    • Agra Indian Kitchen - Venice - Venice, CA 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

    .The entrance to the site (even to the yard) is only without shoes.
  • Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna.^ It is customary in Hindu; Forts (for example, the Nagardhan Fort, Nagpur) to place an idol of Lord Ganesa; in a similar recess above the main entrance.
    • The Question of the Taj Mahal 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.stephen-knapp.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The site is believed to have been the birth place of the Persian prophet Zoroaster.

    ^ Located on the banks of the Baghamai River, the Pashupatinath Temple is believed to mark the site where Shiva worshipped in the form of Lingam (only Hindus are permitted entrance).
    • Spiritual Tours: Varanasi India with Tour Reviews - Ruba.com 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.ruba.com [Source type: General]

    .There are many beautiful temples in Mathura, including the one build at Shri Krishna's birth place.
  • Vrindavan is also a religious place around 50 km from Agra, and quite close to Mathura, there are many temples here devoted to lord Krishna, few of the more famous temples are Bakke Bihari & the Escon Temple (also known as 'Angrejo ka Mandir')
  • Nandgaon was the home of Shri Krishna`s foster father, Nand.^ It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
    • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

    ^ There is a famous mandir there, the Govind Deva Mandir, pictured here .
    • Obama on Pakistan: Focus on Civil Society and Military - Sepia Mutiny 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.sepiamutiny.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are many more monuments elsewhere.
    • The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Editorial 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.tribuneindia.com [Source type: Original source]

    .On the top of the hill is the spacious temple of Nand Rai, built by the Hat ruler Roop Singh.^ We stopped for lunch at a local venue in this village of medieval palaces and temples built by Bundela rulers.
    • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The Dehra of Keshava Rai was one of the most magnificent temples ever built in India and enjoyed veneration of the Hindus throughout the land.
    • Islam Watch - "Aurangzeb as he was according to Mughal Records" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC islam-watch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Built in 725 A.D, this temple is devoted to ; the family deity of the rulers of Mewar.

    .The other temples here are dedicated to Narsingha, Gopinath, Nritya Gopal, Girdhari, Nand Nandan, and Yasodha Nandan, which is located half way up the hill.^ Their legs were uncovered half-way up the thigh; but, as we passed, they all carefully covered up their faces.
    • Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official / Sleeman, William, 1788-1856 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This was the perfect way to observe riverside temples, people taking a “holy” dip, people bathing in the river, some doing yoga, and others offering flowers to the river.
    • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Despite other malls and shopping complexes opening up in the city, we see the serious customer coming here, which is a positive sign."
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    .Nandgaon springs into action every year around March for the festival of Holi, when many a tourist flock the city for the famous "lath mar holi".
  • Bharatpur is about 56 km from Agra and houses the Famous bird sanctuary in which you can see thousands of rare birds including the Sibarian Crane.^ The famous game reserves of Ranthambhor and the ; Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

    ^ That's about it for now, See you soon!

    ^ Lunch at the ; Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

    .There is the Lohagarh Fort, which remained invincible despite several attacks by the British.^ Since then the fort has remained in British possession.
    • Full text of "The imperial gazetteer of India" 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Inside the forts there are several striking forts, palaces and Jain temples which attract tourists from far and far.
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    ^ There is no proof, just circumstantial evidence, presumption… and we can`t think of anyone else, so: `al-Qaeda have launched several attacks`.

    .Just 32 km from Bharatpur, is the Deeg Palace.^ RAJASTHAN ; The gardens at Deeg Palaces in district Bharatpur, Anasagar Baradari, Ajmer and ; Chittor-garh Fort, Chittorgarh were properly maintained.
    • 1985 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This strong and massive fort was the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur and has many palaces and gardens.
  • National Chambal Sanctuary, (70 km away) is a natural sanctuary and the home of the endangered Indian gharial (a relative of the crocodile) and of the Ganges River Dolphin (also endangered).^ The development of garden in Bharatpur Fort was also ; reconsidered.
    • 1985 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC asi.nic.in [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ After breakfast, you are set to ; visit the world famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also ; famous as Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

    ^ Ranthambhore has world famous Ranthambhore National Park that offers tourists to see the majestic tiger in their natural home.
    • Local - Yoga Month Community - National Yoga Month and TITANS OF YOGA, Free Yoga Classes 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC communities.yogamonth.org [Source type: News]

    .The Chambal Safari Lodge (Tel.: +91-94126 51921, Mobile: +91-9837415512, Email : rpsjarar@chambalsafari.com; Agra office: Jarar House, Mathura Road, Agra 282 002, Tel.: +91-562-5534205) is the only place to stay and they can arrange yourit to the sanctuary.^ The gate of this fort leading out to the road we came is called, modestly enough, after Kumbhir, a place only ten miles distant; that leading to Mathura, three or four stages distant, is called the Mathura gate.
    • Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official / Sleeman, William, 1788-1856 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Tourist Complex Area Fatehabad Road Uttar Pradesh Agra 282 001 India, Agra, 2… .
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    ^ They claim to contain only herbal ingredients and are legal, but they are definitely not Vitamin C and it would be wise to stay away from them as you would any other drug.'
    • BBC - h2g2 - Published References to h2g2 Entries; - A46972182 25 May 2010 20:40 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Academic]

    .Take a cruise on the river, ride a jeep in the ravines, go for a camel ride along the sandy beaches, walk through sunlit fields or just laze around under the sun.^ Take an ; unforgettable experience of camel ride and ; the sun set view.

    ^ We walked along the lonely beach.
    • loving-bengal.net 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC sos-arsenic.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Take an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the ; sun set view.

    End the day looking up a starlit sky basking in the warmth of old-world hospitality.
This is a usable article. .It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels.^ Presumably, I assume we have no real information that some jihadis have died as well.

^ TOILETS: The toilets (outside the hotel) take some getting used to.
  • Heart of India (2010) | Traveler Reviews | OAT 13 May 2010 12:50 UTC www.oattravel.com [Source type: General]

^ Tourism of India offers complete information on the hotels in Agra.
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Proper noun

Singular
Taj Mahal
Plural
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Taj Mahal
  1. A monument located in Agra, India, constructed between 1631 and 1654, considered one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in the world.

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The Taj Mahal is a tomb built in the 17th century by Moghul ruler Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Republic of India. It was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.[1] Many people think it is one of the most beautiful buildings ever built. It is slowly being damaged by acid rain.[2] It is an example of Mughal architecture - a mixture of building design ideas from Islamic Indian, Persian (old Iran), and Muslim arts .

Many people go to India to visit the Taj Mahal and it is one of India's biggest tourist attractions.

Shah Jahan was going to build an identical black tomb for himself, but he died before he even began to build, and was entombed in the Taj Mahal with his wife.

The Taj Mahal was constructed using materials from all over the world and over 10,000 people were used to transport building materials.

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