My Visit to the Taj Mahal Part Two

by Jey Pandian

In the previous post, I wrote a little bit about the history of the Taj Mahal. I shared the video that I watched as a little kid that sparked a twenty year desire to visit the Taj Mahal and how I finally got a chance to see it with my wife for the first time during our honeymoon.

In this post, I will share the photos from our trip to the Taj Mahal with a little commentary. :)

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Delhi. It was constructed in love by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Legend has it that when Mumtaz died, Shah Jahan locked himself in a room with grief for 5 days and when he came out, his once black beard had turned completely white.

The Taj Mahal was exactly the way that I envisioned it. It had four gleaming minarets (45 meters high) constructed of white marble that were surrounded by a palisade made of white interlocking stones while the outer wall was constructed out of red shale stone (and it was huge beyond reckoning).

Taj Mahal Doorway

The magnificent doorway to the entrance of the Taj Mahal.

If you click on the image above, you will be able to see the intricate flower designs wrought in red coral, emerald, enamel and topaz. The calligraphic text written in black marble on the sides of the doorway contain short verses from the Qur’an.

I’d show you what was inside the Taj Mahal but unfortunately cameras with flash were not allowed inside the Taj Mahal.

Stay tuned for part three (tomorrow) and I’ll share photographs of the Red Fort and the Tomb of Humayan (located to the west of the Taj Mahal). Humayan was the second Mughal Emperor of India and father of Akbar the Great (one of the most legendary emperors of India).

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