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Magnificent Taj

The Taj Mahal, considered the greatest achievement in the world of Indo-Islamic architecture, was originally conceived as “a masterpiece for ages to come”.
The Taj Mahal.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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The Taj, a white marble mausoleum, with the red sandstone mosque on the western side.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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Itmad-ud Dalulah's tomb in Agra, also known as Baby Taj, seen from the pavilion along the Yamuna.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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Chambers flanking the cenotaph chamber inside the mausoleum.Photo: SHANSHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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Pietra Dura, in this case marble inlaid with flowers, cypresses, vases, and so on, flanking flowering plants.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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The heirarchical arrangement of designs, with geometrical motifs at the bottom and floral motifs at the upper levels.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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At Fatehpur Sikri, red sandstone structures built during Akbar's reign.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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The gateway, with its minars, that marks the entrance to Akbar's tomb at Sikandra.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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Humayun's tomb, Delhi.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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The Taj complex as seen from the Yamuna around sunset with the Mihman Khana to the east and the mosque to the west.Photo: Courtesy Aakash Chakrabarty
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The Darwaza-i-Rauza, or the great gate, the garden, the water channels and fountains as seen from the Taj.Photo: SHASHANK SHEKHAR SINHA
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