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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 6, 2013: Taj Mahal - India’s architectual jewel


Just completely breathtaking and so beautiful. No matter how many times you may be lucky enough to see this beautiful white domed mausoleum, it is just one of the finest and most beautiful masterpieces in the world’s heritage that you will ever see. When viewed early in the morning, just before the crowds start to assemble and with the early pink light of dawn, it is just spectacular and so magnificent. I felt in awe and honoured to be here, in this space, in front of such beauty.

Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Maha, who died giving birth to their 14th child, it’s construction was started around 1632 and completed around 1653 having employed thousands of the finest artisans and craftsmen in it’s building. The white marble tomb is the central focus of the entire complex and the marble dome above the tomb is 35 meters high (115 ft).

The 40 meter (130 ft) high minarets at each of the 4 edges of the tomb were constructed to lean slightly out of vertical, away from the tomb, so that in the event of a collapse, they would fall away from the tomb.

Just to be there in front of such a fantastic scene is a "lifetime's event". I love India, it's history, vibrant life, majestic architecture and endless stories!!!


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  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India: Built by Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Maha

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Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:


Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.

Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;

And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.

In this world this edifice has been made;

To display thereby the creator's glory.


Sounds like he was a great man in his time !

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Taj Mahal is India’s one of the most beautiful heritage which is appreciated for its legendary history and wonderful architecture all around the globe. It is amazing epitome of love and truly makes a source of inspiration for everyone. Throughout the year tourists comes here in a flocked and really mesmerized by seeing this magnificent sight. Lots of tours operators conduct journey to this beautiful place; you can easily find them at and many other websites too. I think to experience its architectural beauty; one visit is must for everyone.

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