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Magnificent Taj

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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