The Garden Guide

Book: C.M Villiers Stuart Gardens of the Great Mughals
Chapter: Chapter 3 The Gardens of the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Agra India

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I sometimes think that never blows so red The Rose where some buried Caesar bled; That every Hyacinth the Garden wears, Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head. RUB-IY-T OF OMAR KHAYYAM THE 'Paradise-like Orchard' of the Lady Arjumand Banu, Begam, is more familiar to us as the garden-tomb of Mumtaz Mahal-the Crown of the Palace and Lady of the Taj. So much has been written in praise of this famous building, and photographs and pictures have made it so familiar, that it might seem needless to add any impressions of my own, were it not that most writers are too enchanted with the beauty of the actual tomb to realise the close connection of the whole group of buildings, and that the garden as originally planned formed an integral part of one great design.