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Taj Mahal in Agra is the "the jewel of Muslim art in India"

We drove from New Delhi down to Agra to pay a visit to the Taj Mahal one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. The story of eternal love between The Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor and his wife Mumtaz Mahal is the story behind the inspiration to build this exquisite mausoleum.

Our ride to the entrance of the Taj Mahal which was about 10 blocks from our hotel 

The hotel was in festive spirits

the second entrance to the Taj Mahal

First view as we go through the entrance

Apparently 15,000 people visit the Taj Mahal a day, more during the high season: November through January

This picture was taken from far away, if you look really closely you can see Jodie sitting on the bench

The Mosque was build to perform the last prayer before burying the body of Mumtaz Mahal

Inlaid semi precious stones and hand carved white marble panels decorated with flowers so   would never be without flowers, are everywhere.

Intricate carvings symmetrical architecture inside the dome

oriental filigree marble carving surround the replica tomb upstairs 

The Crescent moon a muslim symbol is situated on top of this panel  

a beautiful corral protects the tombs

 A star shaped dome on the way out of the tomb

detail of the archways inside

The Moon Garden across the river

the back of the mausoleum looks identical to every other side

details of the building

details of the building

details of the building

exiting the viewing

symmetrical details abound this is the barracks where visitors stayed in the olden days

a view from a distance of the barracks

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