The Stunning Taj Mahal

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Taj Mahal was the primary reason for my first visit to India.

I've detailed my tour through the Golden Triangle here.

We adjusted the itinerary to save the best for last.


The Taj Mahal is the second youngest of the 7 New World Wonders. Built in 1632, the Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum built by Emperor Shah of the Mughal era. The tomb is the resting place of Mumtaz Mahal, Indian royalty and the Emperor's "favorite wife"; she died at age 38 while giving birth.

We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but the queen and her emperor are both laid to rest inside by one another. The inside was cool and beautiful, but it's the outer structure that attracts 8 million visitors per year.

Fabulous marble galore outside of the palace
And the attention to detail, yessss!

Despite getting up early, the place was still crawling with tourists at 6am. In fact, I've since learned that 5am is the real "early" arrival time to beat the crowds (nope). Still easy to see its beauty nonetheless.

Took a while, but I got a nice shot on the "Princess Diana bench"
made famous by its namesake in 1992

People fighting over the Princess Diana bench at 6am 😏

There are photographers on site who will try to get you to purchase their "professional" photos and various packages. I did end up buying a few individual shots that I'll eventually place in an album somewhere. But my cameraphone pictures came out better than theirs. Honestly, if it's not real smoggy (and smog is a real problem in this area), then you should be just fine using your own camera. The photogs are there if you want to support the hustle, though, and they know where to take the best shots.

The site is also home to some magnificent guesthouses, a mosque, and palaces that have withstood time. One of my favorite photos on the trip was taken in front of one of the old royal guesthouses.

come on, colorssss

I spent about an hour there, and I would have stayed longer if the temps didn't soar. It is a peaceful and magnetic place. 

A trip to this region of India is incomplete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. It took 20,000 artisans and builders, the equivalent of 52 billion rupee and 22 years to build this magnificent structure. And she is definitely worth the journey.

5 world wonders down, 2 more to go!

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