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Old Feb 17, 2011, 8:15 PM   #1
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The tomb of I'timad Ud-Daulah, or "The Pillar of the State", a title given to Mirza Ghiyas Beg who served Emperor Akbar as the Treasurer. He was the father of Nurjehan - wife of Jahangir, and grandfather of Mumtaz in whose memory the Taj Mahal was built. This building marks the transition of architecture from primary red stone buildings with a little marble work here and there, to fully marble-clad buildings. Built around 1620 by Nurjehan, this houses the tomb of her parents and other relatives. Going by the extraordinary art work on marble, this can easily said to be the model or inspiration for Taj Mahal. If you happen to visit Agra, make it a point to ask for "Baby Taj" as this is colloquially known here. You will not be disappointed. A few pictures..













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Old Feb 18, 2011, 3:09 AM   #2
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Very nice shots! And everything is so perfectly centered (or was that done afterwards?)
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Old Feb 18, 2011, 5:41 AM   #3
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Thank you. Of course, balancing is done afterwards!
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Nice and sharp, it looks like a beautiful place.....
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Raghu, beautiful shots. What an amazing place. I believe those windows are also carved marble? What amazing skills.
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These buildings are so beautiful i would love to visit a place like this
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beautiful photos Raghu, i have lived so near to these places yet never visited them
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i have lived so near to these places yet never visited them
It happens to everyone, I think. In spite of the long dream, I have never been to the Kanchipuram temples within 100km of where I live. Even during the Agra trip, I had not known of this place before. The credit for these photos should partly go to our driver Surendar Sharma as it was he who suggested visiting this place. Having visited, I now strongly recommend including this in the itinerary to all those who have plans to visit Agra.
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