Indias other Taj Mahal in ruins

by bharathi 2010-12-10 09:53:53

Indias other Taj Mahal in ruins

Did you know there is a second Taj Mahal in India? While the imposing Taj in Agra has captivated the world for centuries, its less famous counterpart here is lying in ruins.

Nawab Shah Jahan Begum, Bhopal's 11th ruler, was a connoisseur of art. Reigning between 1868 and 1901, the Begum built several buildings in the city, the Taj Mahal included.

However, unlike Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal of Bhopal was built as the Begum's residence, not as a mausoleum for her spouse.

The huge palace took 13 years to come up, from 1871 to 1884, at a cost of Rs.70 lakh. Indias other Taj Mahal in ruins

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