Taj Mahal

Arrive at  6am for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. To see the colours change as the rays go from pinkish to golden to primrose yellow across this serene Mughal facade is enthralling. Words like majestic and beautiful do not really suffice.

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The exterior balances restrained ornamentation with fine symmetry.

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The interior of the Taj Mahal features wonderful shadows cast by the delicate, ornate, marble tracery screens. The borders feature inlaid semiprecious stones in a technique known as Parching Kari or, in Italian as pietra dura. This skill was bought to India by Mughal craftsmen.

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The tracery shadows make you feel like being inside a giant marble Faberge Egg.

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The white marble pavements are traditional in Indian Palaces and are mentioned as far back as the Mahabharata where Duryodhana mistakes the marble for water and makes a fool of himself by lifting his robes.

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Deep red terracotta pavilions surround the Taj Mahal and feature delicate geometrics scored, etched and frescoed into their ceilings. The geometric and floral designs are highly sophisticated.

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Mughal architecture uses geometrics and repetition to create magical spaces.

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The skills and methods used in the Taj Mahal are still practised today by the defendants of the original craftsmen.

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