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Kids at the Taj Mahal
  Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal, an architectural marvel that sparkles, white marble inlaid with semi precious stones. What a romantic building, built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his (favorite) wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  And seeing it in person is truly memorable for children!
      What you don't see in all the photos is that during the day, it's a busy place, filled with Indian families making a pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal themselves. Here's what one of my boys wrote in his journal. "As we walked through the gate, we looked at the Taj Mahal. It looked as if it has perfect mirror symmetry but there were more people on left than on the right. We walked along the reflection pool, looking up at the shimmering images."
      Kids will love to take off their shoes (as is required) and slide around in sock or bare feet, feeling the smooth marble underfoot.
      Tip: You can visit the Taj Mahal as a day trip from Delhi, but don't rush, you'll want to spend time just soaking up the glories of this amazing landmark.
  Agra Fort – This massive red sandstone Agra Fort was the heart of the Mughal empire, and it's just boggling to look at, with cupolas, crennelations, double fortified walls, courtyards and royal palaces and pavillions. Home of Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, and their wives and palace retinue, this fort is a "don't miss" on your visit to Agra.
childrens books taj mahal
     
 
Taj Mahal
Elizabeth Mann

Comprehensive overview of the Taj Mahal life in Mogul India, love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, how the Taj Mahal was built, details of exquisite inlay work and calligraphic designs in the tomb. Two page spread of the complex and rich historical illustrations. (Chapter book)

 

     
Taj Mahal
Caroline Arnold, Madeleine Comora, Rahal Bhughan

The story of the prince who fell in love with an enchanting young woman; they married, and Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal became emperor and queen of the Mughal empire. When she died, Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, a pardise on earth. Fabulous illustrations with marvelous detail in the miniaturist paintings. (Picture book)

 

 
Taj Mahal kids books
     
Nur Jahan of India kids books  
Nur Jahan of India
Shirin Yim Bridges, Albert Nguyen

Before you visit Agra Fort, find out about Nur Jahan, Jehangir's most important wife. Nur Jahan, "Light of the World," helped run the empire, hunted for tigers, designed architecture, wrote poetry, and invented perfume. (Picture)

 

     
A Crazy Day with Cobras (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie are whirled back in time to Moguls, where they meet Shah Jahan and search for an emerald shaped like a rose. (Easy reader)

 

 
A Crazy Day with Cobras
(More children's books on other India pages)
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