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January 21, 2014
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Taj Mahal

“The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs and makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes” – Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal

After two weeks of patiently waiting, we were finally taken to Agra to view the magnificent Taj Mahal. I’ve seen hundreds of pictures of the Taj but none of them come close to capturing the beauty I saw on my visit that day. The stark white marble and its perfect symmetry could make any girl think she was in a fairy tale. While the story of the Taj Mahal is not a fairy tale, it is a story

of true love, probably one of the greatest portrayals of love that is documented in history. The emperor of India, Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his wife that died while giving birth to their 14th child. Rumor has it that due to his guilt he constructed the Taj Mahal as her tomb. The details of this monument make it hard to believe that it was constructed in the 1600s. On the inside and outside there are beautiful murals of flowers. From a distance one would think that these are paintings but once you are close enough you will see that these are not paintings but precious stones that were hand carved into the shape of flowers and placed into the stone walls. Incredible!

Shah Jahan’s youngest son was power hungry so he killed his three older brothers and put his father in prison so that he could rule the country. Shah Jahan was imprisoned until his death but in a place where he was able to look out and see the majestic Taj Mahal in all her splendid glory.

As I went to leave that day I couldn’t help but look back a few times to catch one last glimpse of that awe-inspiring tomb. I knew this would be the one and only time I would be here in my life and I just couldn’t get enough.

 

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