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Terry
03-02-2013, 07:38 PM
We just got back from touring India the last twelve days. I have to say that my first view of the Taj Mahal was stunning!
Looking through the archway in the morning hour, the sun glistening off of the white marble and the embedded gems, like it's hanging in the sky.

The Taj is a white marble (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble) mausoleum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum) located in Agra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra), Uttar Pradesh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttar_Pradesh), India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India). It was built by Mughal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mughal_Empire) emperor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mughal_emperors) Shah Jahan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_Jahan) in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumtaz_Mahal). The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage"

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It was an emotional experience seeing it for the first time.

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But when I got closer, it didn't seem that large. I felt like a giant in India.

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Sue did a fly by. Here she is jumping from her magic carpet. I found out they sell carpets in India too. I wound up bringing one home.

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The Taj Mahal at the end of the pools in front.
It was a fantastic trip visiting India. So much going on, and friendly people. We visited many temples there and places of worship. India is the birthplace of some of the world's major religious traditions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups); namely Hinduism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism), Buddhism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism), Jainism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism) and Sikhism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism). According to the 2001 census, 80.5% of the population of India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India) practice Hinduism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism). Islam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_India) (13.4%), Christianity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity) (2.3%), Sikhism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism) (1.9%), Buddhism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism)(0.8%) and Jainism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism) (0.4%)

DonL
03-03-2013, 08:59 AM
Very Nice.

Welcome Home.


I bet you are Happy too be back Home.

Terry
08-25-2013, 03:33 PM
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A view from the Agra Fort. This would be the view from the "house arrest" of the builder of the Taj Mahal. He's son imprisoned him at the fort.

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A close look

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The inlaid precious stone. This is why the Taj glows in the sunlight. It's picking up the reflection from the inlaid stones in the marble. All of this work was done by hand, and you can still find some artwork to take home done in the same way.

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