Wednesday, October 13, 2010



The Mughal emperor ShahJahan had this Monument Made in Memory of his lovely wife Mumtaz Mahal.
THE TAJ MAHAL, designed and constructed by Ustaad Ahmed Lahauri in 1653, is a Majestic Marvel of Man-Made architecture and stands Mute testimony to the Mighty emperor’s love and devotion for his beautiful wife.

Oh! We Must not miss Mentioning that we are playing ABC WEDNESDAY with Denise and her Marvellous team.
This week’s letter is M and we are Mulling over our favourite Monuments.
If you Mean to Meet More ‘M’s, you Might as well click HERE

The Taj Mahal in Agra, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is considered the Most recognised Monument in the world and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.
It is not possible to go into all the Minute details of this Majestic Mausoleum in just one post but if you are interested, you Might want to click Here to know more.
The pictures we have borrowed from Mummy’s album today will, we hope, Manage to interest you.
(Darwaza-i rauza - The Great Gateway to the Taj and the Mughal Garden)

IMAG0013 (Part of the Garden)
(The Taj Mosque)

(Daddy insisted on this backdrop for his portrait!)

(Please ‘bigify’ to read inscription)
(The Jamat-Khana)

(A few different angles)
(Daddy with his friend’s son)

(Aah Haa ha..!)

(One of the Minarets)

(A Squirrel in the Mughal Garden!!!
Oh! How lucky! They won’t let US in, can you believe that??)

(What a backyard! It overlooks the river Yamuna)

(Can you feel the breeze?….!!)

 Our Second Monument of interest today is The Agra Fort.
Considered the Most important fort in the country, it was the Mainstay of Mughal rule in India. All the Major Mughal emperors stayed here, many were born and crowned here and almost all governed the country from this fort.
Located about 2.5 km north-west of the Taj Mahal, this illustrious fort has been witness to many important events in history.
Most Mentionable of all is the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 also called the First Indian struggle for Independence. This Mutiny against the East India Company lead to direct century long British rule in India.
The Agra Fort is actually a walled city which houses a number of magnificent structures and constructions inside its walls.
Emperor ShahJahan, during the final years of his life was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb and kept captive in the Agra Fort.
Many believe that the Emperor spent the last seven years of his life and died in the Muasamman Burj, a beautiful Marble tower inside the fort, with a view of the Taj Mahal.

 (Do you see the Taj at a distance? How poignantly romantic, don’t you think?)
(The balcony, with the Taj at a distance)
(Just Breathtaking!)
The Diwan-e-aam or Hall of Public Audience was used to seat common subjects and to resolve their grievances and petitions.

The Jahangiri Mahal, constructed by the Greatest of all Mughal Emperors, Akbar for his son Jahangir.

The Khas Mahal is a Marvelous Marble Palace, an exquisite example of painting in Marble.
The Sheesh Mahal or The Mirror Palace which served as the queen’s dressing room. It has extensive mirror work and embellishments on its walls that are a treat to view.

(Please excuse the blurry image. The photograph was taken through a glass window as the Mahal was closed for maintenance work during Mummy’s visit).
Phew! Wasn’t that a Massively lengthy post?
We wanted to talk about a couple of more monuments but decided it would be too taxing to try and fit those into one post. Maybe soon, Mummy will manage to find some time to help us again.
Thank You very Much for staying with us till the end, Mon Ami…


the booker man said...

hey there BFF's!!!
wowsers! ya'll used like 50 gazillion M's!! i am super duper impressed, and it was way nifty to learn about the taj mahal and the agra fort with all its cool buildings inside! you know i'm a silly doggie, so my favoritest picture was the one with your friend "holding up" the taj. teeheehee.

the booker man

pee s -- oh, you know i'm gonna have vanilla cake at my pawty! also some pumpkin spice cake, too! mmmmmmm.

the booker man said...

ginger and buddy,
a most magnificent monument montage! i find your post delightfully educational and a feast unto the eyes. thank you kindly for sharing the history of the taj mahal and the agra fort.
i surely would love to participate in this meme again, and i will dedicate my friday post to the majestic M!


Maggie Mae said...

My oh My...aMazing and Most beautiful! MoM would luv to visits that Most Majestic site soMe day!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What absolutely beautiful photos! It is totally gorgeous there!! We love the pictures very much..thanks for sharing them with us. Lots of love, Holly and mom

Mariodacat said...

I love reading your bloggy cuz I learn so much about your country. Those pictures are very bootiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

photowannabe said...

Whew is right. This is a massive and well thought out post. Thank you for all the information on the Taj Mahal and other monuments.

sophie... said...

Thank you so much for this. It's so much more interesting and educational to learn about another country and it's people with a bit of imagination an flare. Bravo. Keep it up!

Roger Owen Green said...

multitudinous pictures! i feel that i really should go someday.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Lorenza said...

Those monuments are soooo beautiful!
Thanks for sharing them!
Kisses and hugs

Vernz said...

theres this actor and actress in my country Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez who eloped to India and get married in one of the mosques here.. this place is mighty awesome..

Have a nice time!
My ABC Wednesday Here

Pat said...

Wonderful photos of the beautiful Taj Mahal. And thank you for including the Agra Fort also. We learned so much ! xx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Both buildings are breathtakingly gorgeous! What a wonderful post today! Thank you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Gramma Ann said...

Thanks for the up close and personal tour of the Monuments.

jabblog said...

Such beautiful monuments but isn't your daddy strong? Wow!

Gattina said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour ! I wished I could see this once life !

Gattina from the ABC team

Remington said...

Thank you for taking my on the tour! I was great! Love the pics!

Cocorue said...

awwwwww, that was a wonderful tour.....thanks for taking us along. we love visiting you guys and we will learn how to type so we will not have to depend on mumster!!!

coco and tiffy

ForPetsSake said...

Just beautiful!!