One of the main reason to come to India and something you should not miss whilst you’re in this fascinating country is the Taj Mahal! Today’s blog post takes you to this magical place with me!
The journey to the Taj Mahal was a very special trip for me and my group. Why? Well, have you ever had food poisoning on a 6 car ride? Of course, everyone in India ends up with the oh so famous Delhi Belly, but mine couldn’t have come at a worse time! When we got to Agra I literally fell into my bed and slept until 4:30 am the next morning when we got up to see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal!
We thought we got to the Taj Mahal early enough, but the queue was gigantic! We waited for quite a while and just about made it there for the sunrise. Even the way to the Taj Mahal is impressive, you enter through the gate in the picture above, once you get through, you have an amazing view onto the Taj Mahal and it’s impressive gardens.
Finished in 1643, the Taj Mahal’s main building is the mausoleum that emperor Shah Jahan built for his favourite wife. It’s surrounded by four minarets, all made from marble like the mausoleum. There are other buildings on the other sides of the main building that served as a guesthouse and a mosque made out of red sandstone like the main gate.
The white marble looks stunning in the early morning sun and attracts lots and lots of visitors. I was still feeling a bit off from my food poisoning and just enjoyed sitting on a bench and looking at the building whilst the rest of my group trotted off with the guide.
The architecture of the whole complex just blew my mind away. Built almost 400 years ago, the detailing and craftsmanship on this piece of art is just incredible. There are lots and lots of little carvings and paintings outside and inside the mausoleum.
On the picture below you can see the reliefs of flowers and vines on the polished marble. I have never seen so much marble in one place. It’s no surprise to see that this building was one of the most expensive buildings in India at the time and why it’s so famous all over the world and attracts millions of visitors every year.
I am so happy that I finally got to see the Taj Mahal as it has been on my list of places to see for a long time! It’s definitely worth a visit if you come to India.
Have you been to the Taj Mahal yet? What is going to be your next trip? Let me know in the comments below!