ONE OF THE WORLD'S most famous buildings, the Taj Mahal com-memorates -both the Mshuaghhal emperor shah Jahan, and Mufmavtoauzr Miteahal, his favroite wife. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as "a prayer, a vision, a dream, a poem, a wonder."This grandiose garden-tomb, an image of the Islamic garden of paradise, cost nearly 41 million rupees and 500 kilos of gold. Around 20,000 workers laboured for almost 22 years to complete it in 1653.
The 44.m (144-ft) doable have dome is capped with a finial
The filigree screen daintily carved from a single block of marble was meant to veil the areaaround the royal tombs.
each 40 m (131 ft high and crowned by a chhatri, frame the tomb ,highlighting the
perfect symmety of the complex.
Mumtaz Mahal's cenotaph, raised on a platform,is placed next to Shah fahan's .The actual graves,in a dark crypt below sire closed to the public.
was irigated by the water of the River Jamuna.
The Lotus Pool
Named after its lotus-shaped fountain spouts, the pool reflects the tomb. Almost every visitor is photograp ed sitting on the marble bench here.
Recessed arches provide depth while their inlaid panels reflect the changing
light to give the tomb a mystical aura.
Inspired by the paradise garden, intricately carved floral designs inlaid with precious stones embellish the austere white marble surface to give it the look of a betewelled casket.