The Mini Taj in Agra

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.

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}.

{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!!


Taj Mahal and Red Fort {Agra}

Taj Mahal #2 IMG_3279My brother Sean and dearest family friend Tony have been traveling throughout the Middle East over the last week and have been transmitting captivating photographs with regular write-ups regarding their adventures. As two on the spot reporters for Stylish Heath I will share a bit of their correspondence with you from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar and India.

The Taj Mahal located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India is a white marbled mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan out of an unending and undying love for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The structure is a fine example of Mughal architecture, which combines style elements from the Persian, Islamic, Ottoman {Turkish} and Indian empires.

IMG_3283 IMG_3285The Red Fort (Agra) was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for many centuries and is located in the center of Delhi. Built as a fortified palace and home to Shah Jahan {fifth Mughal Emperor} was named for the red sandstone used in constructing its massive walls. The Red Fort’s innovative architectural style included garden designs and pavilions reflecting the fusion of Timurid, Persian and Hindu traditions.

Stay tuned!!