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A room with a view

The Taj Mahal as viewed from Agra Fort across the River Yammuna, standing splendid in its natural surroundings as it was intended.

 

The Taj Mahal as many know was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took over 20 years to build and required over 30,000 workers. She was buried inside in the mausoleum where Shah Jahan was also laid to rest when he died 30 years later.

 

However, what many people do not know is that Shah Jahan fell ill 1658 in and was usurped from power by his son Emperor Aurangzeb in the kept in an apartment in Agra fort until his death in 1666. The view above his from Shah Jahans balcony from his imprisoned balcony at Agra Fort.

 

Shah Jahan would spend early evening (sunset time for Magrib namaaz) on his balcony gazing at his beloved Taj Mahal and thinking of if lost love Mumtaz. The balcony was supported by 10 broad based marble pillars from floor to ceiling. Each pillar had 50 or so huge diamonds encrusted within them. Written records document that balcony was a hypnotising and magical place as due to the many reflections of the Taj through over 500 diamonds, the Taj could be seen from ever angle of Shah Jahans view.

 

Sadly, the diamonds were all taken by British soldiers at the end of the British Raj and the room lost much of its previous splendour .... but nobody could steal the view ... it is possible the room with the finest view in the world today.

 

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Taken on September 29, 2010