Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Women at the Taj Mahal Mosque, Agra, India


While I was staying in New Delhi, India in November 2005, a couple of friends and I decided to take a day trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. A UNESCO Heritage Site, the contruction of the building was started in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to build a tomb for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died in childbirth at a young age. The site also incudes several other tombs and outlying buildings, inculding the Taj Mahal mosque known as a masjid where this photo was taken. The women were a group of friends enjoying a day out and their laughter and the colorful silks of their saris were in sharp contrast to the somber surroundings, the brilliant white of the Taj Mahal itself and the muted reds of the mosque.

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