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The mystery of Taj Mahal under a blanket of fog

Published March 11th, 2012

In November 2011, two weary travellers travelled half way around the world to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, India and were greeted by the first fog of the winter. The fog added an extra layer of mystery to the magical structure

The Taj Mahal from afar

The majestic Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage

Cover your feet at the Taj Mahal

Since the Taj Mahal is essentially a mosque, you cant wear shoes inside it or you can cover your feet using these medical covers for your feet. Beam me up Scotty!

The intricate floral arabesques in the Taj

Each floral motif was individually carved into each marble stone and the various stones were joined together. It utilises bas-relief and pietra dura inlaid decorations. The entire floral decoration took decades to complete

The artisans who created the Taj

The artisans who crafted the delicate floral arabesques in the Taj passed their trade secrets for generations and this is the last line of the family of artisans. It is said that they will choose death before revealing the intricacies of their craft.

The Taj lives on

Here you can see the artisans hand craft a chess board. Each floral arabesque is hand carved and the coloured petal motifs are attached to it. The estimated time for completion of one such chess board is 2 days.

The Great Gate at the Taj Mahal

The Great Gate is considered to be the gateway to the Taj Mahal. The calligraphy on the Great Gate reads "O Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you. The guides can sit you down and recall the history of the gate for hours on end

Memories of the Taj Mahal under a fog

They say you can visit the Taj Mahal once and it remains etched in your memory forever. I would have to agree

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Alexandra Schneider  6 months ago
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Nice Story! And I thought we had bad luck with fog when we were there... but we could still see the Taj from that distance...
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Jeff Peters (inactive)  over 2 years ago
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Interesting Story
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Sid Das  over 2 years ago
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Thanks heaps Jeff!