The journey through India’s Golden Triangle would be left incomplete without a visit to one of the greatest wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
Following the celebrations of my friend’s wedding and exploring all the marvels that Jaipur had to offer, we made our way to Agra, the city most famous for one of the greatest love stories in the world that lead to the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Taking twenty two years to build, The Taj Mahal was commissioned by the grief-stricken Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to contain the tomb of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal after she died during childbirth.
Making your way to this monument is quite a feat as you begin with a queue for your entrance ticket, towards the entrance gates and then again through security. But once through, you are greeted by the Great Gate made of red sandstone and adorned with Mughal designs and Arabic calligraphy which leads you into the grand site of the Taj Mahal.
Intricate, rare stones and carvings make up these beautiful patterns at the entrance.
Making your way through the Great Gate and past the plethora of people, you’re given a sneak peak into the all white vision that awaits you!
And then, there it stands, so majestic and proud right in front of your eyes. This giant edifice in all its glory!
It felt somewhat like when I visited Machu Picchu. I was struck just by the pure beauty of the structure and at the same time didn’t think I’d ever be able to take it all in, no matter how long I stood there looking at it!
Oh and the crowds! I know India is one giant hustle and bustle but the sheer number of people visiting this place was just incredible!
The complex is set around a Mughal garden with a long, rectangular pool going through the middle which reflects the image of the Taj Mahal.
No matter how many photos I took, I was still left in complete awe of its beauty!
Made out of white marble, it’s considered to be one of the best examples of Mughal architecture, intertwining Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish as well as Indian architectural styles. The walls are once again embellished with colourful stones, all carved and polished to enhance the white marble.
Inside the structure lie the tombs of both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal which is what the entire complex is centered around. It’s dark, yet cool and unfortunately, no photography is allowed.
Yes, the Taj Mahal is a wonder but the entire complex is in itself is extremely captivating! Despite the masses of people, there is a certain calm that you feel when inside. Years and years of history and a love story so pure and untouched, kept alive for generations to come.
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