Thursday, 23 February 2012

TAJ MAHAL, INDIA


The Taj Mahal is a white Marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognised as the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. 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. Lahaur is generally considered to be the principal designer.

Visiting the Taj Mahal was one of the most memorable experiences we had in India. We viewed it at three times of the day: Dawn, noon and evening and the changing light presented it to us in different moods but always exquisitely beautiful!

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme.









19 comments:

  1. Just when I didn't think your captures could get any better!! These are stunning indeed, Nick!! As always, I love your composition! Magnificent buildings!

    Sylvia

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  2. Wonderful photos from India for SWF!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

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  3. WOW!!! These photos are impressive and stunning!

    SWF

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  4. Wow! Magnificient architecture! Love these shots! And the sky in the first shot is magnificient with the bird spreading its wings!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

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    Hope you are having a fabulous week****

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  5. Wow, your photos are exceptional gorgeous! My fondest wish to visit!

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  6. Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. on my list of must sees is this jewel. thanks for sharing

    My sky is here

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  8. Wow - your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank´s for sharing them with us!

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  9. Who can ever forget when Princess Diana sat all alone there...the beauty was so compelling then and your images are so wonderful!

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  10. Amazing captures. I love the way you see things differently

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  11. Great pictures! I haven't had the luck yet to visit the site.

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  12. Taj Mahal is in my bucket list. beautiful photos you captured. the details are awesome. it's gorgeous any time of the day.

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  13. A place of dreamed about going to...thanks for taking me there through cyberspace. Your photos are a delight to look at!

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  14. Beautiful post about magnificent Taj Mahal.

    Regards and best wishes

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  15. Beautiful shots of this gorgeous place! The reflection is wonderful and the colors are beautiful. Fantastic post and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

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  16. Gorgeous shots of a gorgeous place! The first shot is especially wonderful. Isn't it great when the sky complements the architecture?

    I visited the Taj Mahal in 1998 and am still kicking myself for not doing what you did, i.e. visiting the place three times in one day. My one visit had to suffice. Oh, well -- maybe I'll go back there one day...

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  17. What a coincidence! I posted on the Taj Mahal last monday. :-) Your shots are wonderful!

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