The Taj mahal complex is a fusion of Indian and Persian architecture, it is a huge complex of buildings, gardens and water devices, build symmetrically with each element unique in itself.
Taj mahal : forecourt area
The three entry gates lead to a huge courtyard, also known as the forecourt or jilan khana which means "in front of the house", true to its meaning the jilan khana, a paved open square, leads to the main gateway.
The western gate : It is the main entrance of the Taj mahal and it faces the Agra city.
The eastern gate : It faces towards Fatehbad. Entry for night viewing of the Taj is through this gate.
The southern gate : It faces the old Mumtazabad(modern Taj ganj).
It is meant for pedestrians or the pedlers only. Outside this gate is the colony of marble artists, and shops for buying souvenirs made of marble and limestone.
The Taj Museum :
For the history buffs, inside the taj complex the western water device building(jaal mahal) now houses a small museum. You have to buy a seperate ticket for the museum.
Here you can see interesting articles of the Mughal era, including original court orders, weapons, currency and maps.