Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The exquisite Taj Mahal, Agra


From a speed of 100 km/h we slowed down to a snail’s pace of 20km/h….From vast spaces of nothing, speeding cars zooming past ours, we entered the space where cows, auto rickshaws, bullock carts and honking cars shared the roads with a peculiar sense of understanding. The smell of freshly made samosa and khasta kachori on every other nook and corner along with the fetid smell of cow dung welcomed us as we entered the narrow lanes of the Agra city, once the seat of the Mughal emperors.

We were not here as tourists but on a visit to my grandfathers’ paternal home, to pay our respects to bade Nana (grandfather’s elder brother) and family. However, Agra is incomplete without touring the mystical, magical and magnificent white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal. And we squeezed out some in the early sunrise hours to view the enigmatic Taj!!

Sir Edwin Arnold, the English poet has rightly descried Taj Mahal as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones”.

Here's a tour through my lens...


As we enter (From L to R: Hubby, Pa, Sis, Ma)




The Great gate (Darwaza-i rauza)—gateway to the Taj Mahal
Incised painting in the main gateway

    Calligraphy on the main gateway
     Taj Mahal as seen from one of the gates

Motifs on the main gate

    I found this quite interesting...a kind of balcony on the tower. Taj Mahal and its 
    entire surroundings have been so intelligently designed is proved from the fact that
    these minarets were built slightly offside the plaform so that in the event of any collapse, 
    they would fall away from the tomb
On the west of the Taj Mahal is the mosque. Built entirely in red sandstone, its structure and design is identical to the Taj Mahal. Here you can see the painting on the entrance of the mosque...Beautiful isn't it?






Marble design below the main dome














My Princess

























Lil birdie too is looking for its mate :)



































The topmost ornament on the dome quite fascinated me as it seems a malgamation of Persian as well as Hindu elements. Do you also see some inspiration in the style from Lord Shiva?

Charbagh Garden
                                                                                                                        












































Love is certainly in the Air :) (with hubby)
                                                                                                                           
No image of the Taj, neither in books nor onscreen, can rightly express what one feels in that moment.... Love, solemnity, harmony and purity. One should definitely visit the Taj Mahal to discover all this and more....

29 comments:

  1. Nice post with lively pics... Please do add watermarks on pics (may be your name or blog name) so that it cant be used by others as their own.

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    1. Thanks a lot dear for this suggestion... Now u tell me how do I go about it...m a completely dud when it comes to anything related even remotely to techno...u got me!! ;) no seriously pls tel me hw to add watermark on pics....thanks a lot!! U can mail me at kaushiva.aditi@gmail.com

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  2. unique captures from Taj i must say the last snap was indeed packed with love and the princess an the bird snaps were equally stunning :) God Bless dear friend !!

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    1. :) :) thanks so much!! The princess is my darlin sis...

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  3. Amazing pictures. I remember very little from my trip to Agra, I was this little kid then, but this stirred up a lot of memories I didn't know I had. Thanks for that :)

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  4. Beautiful beautiful pictures...I have been there and you have captured the beauty very well.

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  5. Lovely!I loved the close-up pics.The Hindu inspiration is something I have pondered about especially afer reading 'Krishna's Key' by Ashwin Sanghi.

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    1. Thanks dear n welcome to my space....Oh yes 'Krishna Key' ...was wondering where I'd read abt this connection!!

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  6. Kudos for capturing such amazing pictures!

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  7. Great series of lovely pictures. Indeed, Taj Mahal is a World Wide popular historical monument in Agra (India) where every year million of tourists visit in Agra and explore the beauty of Taj Mahal. if you want to find more informative post related to Taj Mahal then please visit.

    thanks for sharing your travel experience.

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  8. Amazing shots! loved the shots which showed details..

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    1. Thank u...will surely chk out Damdama lake.

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    1. Glad you found this informative! Thanks!

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  11. Thanks for visiting and commenting n my blog (http://masabicou/beaumes-de-venise). I love this post on the Taj Mahal. Visiting here is definitely on my bucket list! Thank you for the wonderful pictures and story, Jina

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    1. Welcome to my humble abode Jina!! Glad you liked this! Sure this a must visit when in India and don't forget to ping me when you're here! :)

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  12. Very beautiful pics. The epitome of love and romance, Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a dedication to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum). It is a mausoleum of the queen, splendidly created in her memory. Check out best Agra tour packages also for memorable vacations.

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