India May 2007

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Place on the New Delhi - Agra road we stopped for a snack
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Courtyard of the lunch place
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Goddess statue with price tag
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Entrance to the Taj Mahal
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East Gate of the Taj Mahal
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Even the gate is seriously impressive. The 22 small domes on the top (two rows of eleven) indicate the 22 years the whole thing took to build
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Courtyard. These arches used to contain little boarding houses
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Getting close to the East Gate. Not pictured: 115F heat (that's 46C)
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Trees in the courtyard
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Blossom on the tree
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Tourists in the shade
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The Taj Mahal through the East Gate. It is completely breathtaking as you walk through the doorway.
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A less breathtaking picture, but just to prove I was actualy there
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First in slightly too many different views of the Taj Mahal
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It's pretty amazing however you look at it.
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The domes of the mosque to one side of the Taj Mahal
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You may be able to see that the four minaret towers lean slightly away from the main building. This is in case of an earthquake, so that they should fall away and not damage the building.
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Looking back at the gate
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Another picture of the gate
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Side building
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Tourists and cameras
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A bird taking in the view
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With the people nearby it gives you some idea of the scale
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Plaque near the main building telling the story of the buildings.
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Getting closer
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And closer
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The mosque next to the main building
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Looking out over the river towards the Agra Fort
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The marble floors were incredibly hot
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Looking along the river. It was all very peaceful