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The Taj Mahal is a huge marble mausoleum built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.


We arrived before dawn, to catch the sunrise. This is the gatehouse. 


The Mausoleum looked slightly eerie in the pre-dawn light 

















We're now moving around to the sunny side 


This was actually taken 20 minutes later, after going inside the mausoleum 












Last view - the heat haze is setting in and the crowds getting larger 


The above photo was taken from the gatehouse, which is slightly raised, allowing an uninterrupted view 


Closer Up

There are carvings, intricate patterns, and verses from the Koran around the mausoleum 






As well as the building being made of marble, so is the floor, and you wear paper overshoes to avoid marking it 



These were taken before dawn, when it was still quiet 







On one side of the mausoleum is a mosque, and the whole complex is closed on Fridays for prayers 






The river Yumana runs behind the site 


On the other side to the mosque is this 'guest house'. Again, the floor is marble 






I didn't take any photos inside, but yes, the gent's urinals are also made of marble 


These are the original servents quarters, outside the gatehouse 

On to Some Sights of Delhi

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Dr Neil Miller 2018