A Walk Around the Taj Mahal

AGRA, India — It’s almost too much to view all at once.

Visitors could easily spend a week — or more — examining the Arabic script, inlaid precious stones, delicate symmetry and subtle beauty of the Taj Mahal. But I had never seen photos of other parts of the 17th century Mughal mausoleum.

The iconic structure sits 42 acres on the southern bank of the Yamuna, the longest and the second-largest tributary of the Ganga, or Ganges River.

Just a few steps from the tomb’s front entrance, around the building’s eastern side, visitors can catch a glimpse of the river below, providing a sense that the entire complex is floating above the water.

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