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THE TAJ MAHAL COMPLEX

The main entrance is from the west, but there are also two other entrances from the east and from the south. The majestic main gateway completed in 1648, is a large three-floored red sandstone structure, 50ft wide and 100ft high with an octagonal central chamber and a vaulted roof, with smaller rooms on each side. The gateway consists of a lofty central arch with doubles storied wings on either side. Above the central portal in the north and south side, there is a series of 11 attached chattiris (umbrellas) with marble cupolas, flanked by pinnacles. The walls are inscribed with verses from the Quran in Arabic and are done in black calligraphy.

A fine feature of the gateway is that the lettering appears to be the same size from top to bottom. This was done by heightening the letters as the distance from the eye increased. The small domed pavilions on top are Hindu in style and looks regal. The gate was originally lined with silver, now replaced with copper and decorated with 1,000 nails whose heads were contemporary silver coins

The ornamental gardens through which the path leads are planned along classical Mughal 'char bagh' style. Two marble canals studded with fountains, lined with cypress trees emanating from the central, raised pool cross in the centre of the garden dividing it into four equal squares. In each square there are 16 flower beds, making a total of 64 with around 400 plants in each bed. The feature to be noted is that the garden is laid out in such a way as to maintain perfect symmetry. The channels with a perfect reflection of the Taj, used to be stocked with colorful fish and the gardens with beautiful birds

The main tomb hall of the Taj Mahal is centrally placed within the mausoleum, with the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal in the central position. The tomb of Shahjahan was placed asymmetrically to one side of it, upon his death in 1666. The real sarcophagi are kept underground, their places marked by marble cenotaphs. Both the sarcophagi and the cenotaphs above are finely carved and inlaid with colored marbles and semi-precious stones including amethyst, coral, jasper, onyx, jade, lapis lazuli, and turquoise. A carved latticed marble screen surrounds the tomb area.


 
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Distances From Agra
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   Delhi (203 km)
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