If there’s one thing I learned from this trip, it’s that traveling is good for the soul. Especially when you get to visit a once in a lifetime destination. The Taj Mahal, one of the new 7 wonders of the world, is too beautiful for me to even try to portray.
Let’s recap the day. We got up super early that morning (around 7 A.M.) to try to beat the crowds and heat. Right before we walked in there was a line of photographers asking if we wanted them to take our pics and we could purchase them at the end. At first we were like, nah we got this, but then I told C might as well. Which looking back, I am so glad we did! We didn’t have to fool with the hassle of stopping every couple of minutes and interrupting our tour to get pictures. Plus I consider these a keepsake that will last forever!
Overall we spent about two hours exploring the gardens and the Taj Mahal. It was so nice because it wasn’t super busy and we could take our time. Inside we got to really admire the marble, stones, and architecture. Our tour guide told us from October to April it’s normally so packed you can’t even stand inside. We went when it was considered their off season. Lucky us!!
They also just happened to be cleaning the Taj Mahal when we were there. This is normally a 4 year process, that they complete every 25 years. So if you notice the scaffolds in the back that’s what those are for! It still didn’t take away from the beauty of this palace. Pictures honestly don’t do it justice. When you are up close, witnessing it all, it’ll leave in you in awe. The marble is the most fascinating part. Inside everything is symmetrical. All the designs you see with stones and settings had to be done twice. Think about how long it would take to cut the blood stones, turquoise, onyx, jade, and etc. into the same shape multiple times. Years and years and year. That’s why it took approximately 20 years to complete, with over 20,000 workers!
Did you know that the king built this just for his wife? He wanted to have something in memory of her. The sad part is he was thrown in prison (Agra Fort), by his son, because he was spending too much money on building the Taj Mahal. Therefore, he never got to witness the palace. He only saw it from afar. Inside the Taj Mahal, in the very center, there are two marble stone tombs. One for the king and one for the queen. The kings tomb is actually a little taller than the queens. That’s the only thing that isn’t symmetrical about the Taj Mahal.
I could probably ramble on all day about the history of the Taj Mahal and share tons of facts with you all, but I’ll keep it short! If you have any questions just send them my way! And if you haven’t inferred, this is a sight I totally recommend seeing in your lifetime!
I’m adding the 7 wonders to my bucket list now! But I have a feeling this might be my all time fav! When you plan a trip and need suggestions, let me know! I’m all yours!