My expectations were exceeded when I first saw the luminous tomb. It was bigger, grander and more beautiful than I had imagined. The word “awesome” is thrown around so loosely these day but it is truly awesome- awe inspiring.
It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his third and most beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She must have been an incredible woman for an emperor to honor her memory in such a way. Truly a testament of love that has withstood the ages.
I mentioned in one of my first posts about how Indians love taking pictures with white people. I had my first run in with this experience at the Taj Mahal. I posted a few pictures to show what I mean. I had fun with it but I learned why you can’t say yes to taking pictures.
One of the outer gates.
After saying yes to one picture I quickly gathered a crowd. I felt like a celebrity. I've never had people wait in line to take a picture with me. However, after this I said no to pictures throughout the remainder of the trip.
I have no clue who these guys are but they were quite happy to have a picture with me in front of the Taj. They all gathered around me before I could refuse or walk away. The whole experience was quite entertaining and funny.
I couldn't say no to the children but after this picture I had to turn down the remainder of about 20 people who still wanted their picture taken with me.
This is the entrance to the tomb however, pictures were not allowed to be taken once inside.
Front side of the Taj Mahal.
The mosque on the western side.
I was very curious to see the scenery behind the Taj because you never see it included in pictures. It's the Yamuna river and a view of Agra.
Taking a break from work. There was some construction going on in the underground chambers beneath the main level.
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