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Breathtaking TAJ MAHAL
The Taj rises on a high red sandstone base topped by a huge white marble terrace on which rests the famous dome flanked by four tapering minarets. Within the dome lies the jewel-inlaid cenotaph of the queen. So exquisite is the workmanship that the Taj has been described as "having been designed by giants and finished by jewellers". The only asymmetrical object in the Taj is the casket of the emperor which was built beside the queen’s as an afterthought. The emperor was deposed by his son and imprisoned in the Great Red Fort for eight years but was buried in the Taj. During his imprisonment, he had a view of the Taj. 
 
Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Shahjahan- the fifth Mughal emperor, in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. he showed little interest in exercising his polygamous rights with the two earlier wives Akbarabadi Mahal and Kandahari Mahal.  
 
This magnificent monument is set around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, which is split by watercourses - a reflection of the Persian style. The Taj Mahal itself is not set within the Charbagh but is located towards the far end of the enclosure near the bank of river Yamuna.


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