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"Plinths and platforms" Top 5 Page for this destination The Taj Mahal Tip by illumina

The Taj Mahal, Agra: 255 reviews and 620 photos

The main mausoleum, mosque and rest-house all stand on a red sandstone platform, the Chameli Farsh, or terrace, on the riverfront itself. It measures 997 ft by 373ft, and is approximately 43ft above the level of the river, and 4 feet high from the garden. The terrace has also, historically, been referred to as the 'kursi' or throne. Before ascending the steps onto this, you must remove or cover footwear.

The river-facing side of the platform originally had open archways, which are now filled in. These allowed light, and breezes from the river, to reach the inner tahkhana rooms within the platform; these galleries of rooms, connected by a corridor, were reached by staircases descending from openings in the plinth to east and west of the mausoleum. There are four chhatris, or domed pavilions at each corner of the platform, one of which you can see in the main photo.

The mausoleum itself stands on a Chhakka, a second platform of white marble measuring 320 feet square (93 metres) and is 18.6 feet high from the Chameli Farsh.


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