A quick drive from Agra Fort and we found ourselves in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal. This is it folks, the moment I've been waiting for! Wheee!
This is the gateway to the gardens. People know that the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum but it is actually part of a much larger complex which consists of gardens and several tombs for the wives of Emperor Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, you'll see why a little later.
To better illustrate, here's a bird's eye view of the complex.
The gateway features inscriptions from the Qu'ran on the outside and the structure is made of red sandstone. Shah Jahan practiced religious tolerance during his reign and as such, the Taj Mahal features designs with Christian, Hindu and Islamic influences.