Short stay in India. Incredible Taj Mahal
After an extremely interesting expedition "Unknown Himalayas. In search of hunters for honey wild bees" I had a few free days and since I flew to Nepal through India, the first acquaintance with this amazing country arose by itself. I made a visa and made a plan - one day to see the Taj Mahal and one to study Delhi, it turned out something like a stover.
Photo 2. From Kathmandu flew in the evening and went straight from the airport to the railway station, where he took a train to Agra. After almost four hours, my train arrived in Agra, another 30 minutes and I fall asleep in a hotel room to get up at dawn and be in the Taj Mahal for the opening, hoping to have time to take pictures before the majority of tourists arrive.
In the morning, barely tearing myself off the pillow and not having time to have breakfast, I ran to one of the entrances to the complex. From the entrance to the building of the Taj Mahal are wide avenues, with canals and fountains:
Photo 3.A thousand times seen in the construction of the building, live makes a strong impression, especially when you consider the purpose of this truly grand building.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum on the bank of the Jumna River. Built by order of Tamerlan’s descendant, the padishah of the Great Mughal Empire, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the fourteenth child who died in childbirth.
The building began to be built around 1632 and completed in 1653, more than twenty thousand artisans and craftsmen worked on it. The Taj Mahal is considered the best example of Mughal style architecture, which combines elements of Indian, Persian and Arabic architectural styles:
Photo 4. Immediately after the opening of the complex, you have no more than two hours to take pictures with the minimum number of people in the frame, then it will be impossible, because from 3 to 5 million visitors visit the Taj year:
Photo 6. According to legend, Shah-Jahan planned to build another mausoleum, already from black marble, just opposite the Taj Mahal, across the river:
Photo 7. Now on the opposite bank is Mehtab Bagh or “Lunar garden” - one of the most beautiful parks of Agra:
Photo 8.Through the morning haze you can see the walls of Red Fort Agra:
Photo 9. Abandoned buildings on the banks of the Jumna River:
Photo 12. Inside the mausoleum are two tombs - the Shah and his wife, but in fact, their burial is below - underground, strictly under the tombs.
Photo 13. Wonderful decor on the facade of the mausoleum:
Photo 14. About the wrong geometry:
Photo 16. And people, everyone arrives and arrives:
Photo 19. The walls of the Taj Mahal are laid out of polished translucent marble inlaid with gems. Marble has such a characteristic that in bright daylight it looks white, pink at dawn, and silver at night:
Photo 21. Details:
Photo 24. A loving couple admiring one of the greatest monuments of love:
Photo 26. Despite the large number of foreigners, the main stream of tourists are Indians: