Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is almost synonymous with all things romantic and beautiful. It is more than a beautiful structure in marble. It is almost haunting in its beauty. Located in Agra on the River Yamunna, its history is etched in love, betrayal, and blood shed. Though we get to hear only the romantic side of it the gory part is as intense. The Taj is best viewed on a moonlit night. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built it in the memory of his lady love Mumtaj Mahal who died during child birth. The serenity and purity of the structure will awe you. Moreover the geometric precision and compactness of the structure is a great engineering feat. But the most distinguishing feature of the Taj Mahal is its painting made from precious and semi precious stones on the inside of the Mahal. Continue reading “Taj Mahal” »

Great wall of China

Great Wall of China

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Great Wall of China was listed as an UNESCO site in 1987. This winding pathway over mountain, plateaus, grasslands and deserts is one of the most fascinating man made structure in human history. Its very breadth – 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) is unimaginable. Records of it go back to 2000 years. While some of the sections are in derelict conditions others are well preserved. Some of the most scenic landscape can be viewed from its upper reaches. One of the interesting  Great Wall of China Facts is that it was built by the laborers, farmers, and soldiers in China and continued from the Warring States Period to the to Ming Dynasty. The wall starts from Hushan in Liaoning and ends in Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu in the western zone. It passes through nine provinces namely the Liaoning, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Gansu. According to Chinese history 20 or more dynasties added to the Great Walls. Initially it was under the military and access to it was tough by tourists. Now most of the sections have been opened to visitors. Continue reading “Great Wall of China” »