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Day Trip to Agra
The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art” in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of world heritage. Make it a priority to spend an afternoon admiring the site because, beyond being stunningly beautiful from afar, up-close the place is evocatively romantic and full of intricate details—in architecture, ornamentation, and history. Before going read up on Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the white marble mausoleum in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Guests of the Leela Palace, New Deli should take their Day Trip to Agra—the hotel's comfortable BMW sedan will take you from the hotel directly to the UNESCO site!
The Taj Mahal - I cant find enough words, or rather accurate words to describe it. Some may have heard of the greatest love story of all India - of how a love faithful King built a monument this majestic and grand to commemorate their love. His promises to his departed wife Mumtaj - to take care of all their kids, to never re-marry again, and to ensure their love story lives through generation to come throughout the whole world.
And so... after 22 years... the Taj Mahal was born. His wife Mumtajs tomb is placed there. He fulfilled all 3 promises. :)
Architecture wise, its amazing that its symmetrical from ALL angles, the 4 pillars surrounding it is slightly tilted out in case of an earthquake, so that it will not collapse on Mumtajs tomb, the inscription from Quran on the main entrance are perfectly the same size from the naked eye of a person standing in front of it (so it was carefully measure to be bigger in size as they were placed high - but from our view..it looks as if it is all the same size!). This is indeed an architectural marvel. TOo many to mention... pls google to know more!
The Taj Mahal is beautiful. Not so spiritually charged, but a beautiful site. You would think that the Taj itself would be the most photographed object when you're visiting the Taj in Agra, India. But seriously, I felt like I was on display. I timed it. Less than every 2 minutes, I had someone asking to come take a photo with me! Me. Just random white girl. I wanted to roll the jet black windows of my Escalade up to avoid the Paparazzi. LOL!
These two girls were so curious. Talk about beauty. I just love their expressions. They marveled at the photos we just took and lingered for a little bit. We laughed awkwardly. Not much to say as I didn't speak Hindi and they didn't speak English. But what a lovely exchange.
Taj Mahal in Agra, India. One of the wonders of the world, i oftel thought it was over-rated and over-hyped. That is until i visited the Taj Mahal during my golden triangle trip up north of India. Golden triangle for reference is Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
One word to describe Taj Mahal is "Breathtaking".
Getting to the magnificent tomb was easy enough after a long train ride from Jaipur to Agra-Cantt Station, hired a rickshaw taxi and found a cheap motel close to Taj Mahal, i had to check a few before settling for a small one room stay that only had a bed and a wash basin, it was clean enough i just needed somewhere to keep my bag pack. That done i walked 10mins i was paying the 1500 rupee fee for foreigners on entry into Taj mahal. It was worth every penny, the sight of the Taj shimmering in white marble inviting, tempting you to come for a closer look, the towers standing in perfect symmetry, its easy to find yourself staring blankly at the awesome structure and getting lost in its wonder. i remember sitting cross legged on the eastern side bathing in the sight of the perfectly arched windows, walls inscribed in beautiful calligraphy in urdu, symmetrical carvings, optical illusions and expert craftsmanship, i'm a love sceptic, but looking at what love can inspire someone to do, its hard not to be a believer. Next time your in india, spend the better part of your day in the ultimate icon of love, Taj Mahal. Sure to make your trip memorable and unforgettable.