Monday, March 15, 2010

India: The country no. 66 (VU3DJQ)

I have just received an eQSL from Indian station VU3DJQ (operator Raman) from Narela, Delhi, for a QSO on the 15m band using my Yaesu FT857D. It is a great satisfaction to receive this card not only because of its beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, but also because it means a new country for my eDX100 award (no. 66) and a new zone (no. 22) for my eZ40 award.
The Taj Mahal (English pronunciation: /ˈtɑːʒ məˈhɑːl/) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal (also "the Taj") is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.[1][2] In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."
While the white domed marble mausoleum is its most familiar component, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. Building began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, and employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen.[3] The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.[4][5] Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.[6]

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