The Mini Taj in Agra

by Kathleen

IMG_3286 IMG_3290Our reporters are still in India at the mausoleum of Etimad-ud-Daulah or the {Mini Taj} built in 1622-1628. An exquisite marble tomb inlaid with semi-precious stones {carnelian, lapis lazuli, onyx and topaz}, exhibits a strong Persian influence and is placed on the bank of the Yamuna River.

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Details on the walls of the mausoleum of Etimad-ud-Daulah and the Cupola of minaret.

Commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, a Persian Amir in exile who was also the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal {the wife of the emperor Shah Jahan, for whom the Taj Mahal was constructed}.

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{Sean and Tony on the streets of New Delhi are now heading for Abu Dhabi}

The boys on the streets of New Delhi are leaving India for Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This photo taken at the crosswalks of Dariba Kalan & Chandni Chowk is bustling with people and shops!!

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