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Taj Mahal From River Yamuna Side – Old Photo 1865

This is an old 1865 photo of the great Taj Mahal from the River Yamuna side. The greatest Mughal monument ever created. A gem that never disappoints the visitor, and lives up to the epithet “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. The Taj Mahal was built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz.

Who, by her beauty, her grace, her intellectual ability, and her winning ways, had obtained such power over Shah Jahan. That he promised to build the most beautiful mausoleum while she was on her deathbed.

Mumtaz died in 1631, and immediately the bereaved Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan set about the task of fulfilling his promise and built the most beautiful monument the “Taj Mahal”. Completed by 1653, today it is a UNESCO heritage site and one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This old photograph of the Taj Mahal seen from the riverside was taken in 1865. It shows a pristine river unlike what you see today.

See the same view after 150 years later A drying Yamuna could endanger Taj.  See my post Taj Mahal View From Agra Fort – Old Photograph 1880.

Did you know- it took 22 long years to build the Taj Mahal (1632-1653). Although not fully completed because of finishing work, it continued even after that.

From the collection- Vintage Postcard Raja Ravi Varma’s Portrait., Old Book – City Of Gold The Biography of Bombay., Madras Fort St George – Old Print 1840., The French Colonies In India – Vintage Card 1920

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.





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8½ x 6 inches

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Samuel Bourne