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Beautiful Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal became a center of activity in Agra. In the market quarter, shops sold medicine, food, perfumes, jewels, and silk. Traveling merchants stayed at the caravanserais while doing business at the bazaar. There was even room for the merchants’ camels and horses. At night, visitors enjoyed the gardens in the cooling air. The garden paths were lit with small lanterns. Water splashed in the fountains. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his tomb was placed next to Mumtaz Mahal’s. It was also covered in inlay. The emperor and empress at last rested together. In 1803 the British government gained control over the part of India that included Agra. British control made it easier for travelers from Europe to visit India. One of the most popular tourist sites was the beautiful Taj Mahal.

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