Katie's Live and Unleashed 05/06 Worldwide Tour travel blog

Does it need introductions...???

The beautiful Taj Mahal with reflection

The Taj and I

Front left

Making myself comfortable

Some of the Imaginative Traveller group, missing a few

Me again!

The white marble

The Mosque to the side

Side view, but looks the same (without all the people)

Framed with the Guest House arch

In a blue haze

Over-looking the river

With the Mosque

Patterns

More patterns

Final view

Traditional lawn-mowing!


The Taj Mahal - one of the 7 Forgotten Wonders of the Medieval Mind and described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love.

The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Just prior to the death of Mumtaz she made her husband promise her 3 things: (1) he would build a monument for her (2) he would never marry again (3) he would not show anger to his children. Consequently he never remarried, the Taj was built and he was imprisoned by his own son....Construction of the Taj took 22 years and in total 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. Specialists were brought in from as far afield as Europe to produce the exquisite marble screens and marble inlay work made with thousands of semiprecious stones. The construction bill is believed to have run to Rs 3 million, equivalent to about US$70 million today.

About a mile away from Taj Mahal we had to off-load from our bus and board an electric bus to take us to the site. This is in an attempt to limit the sulphur dioxide emissions from vehicles and industry which results in acid rain which began to discolour the white marble and erode the fine carvings and inlays.

The Taj Mahal was truly beautiful and there was a mosque to the left and an identical building mirrored to the right to retain the symmetry which is now used as a museum. I thought there may be a little more to see and after 1.5 hours we had seen it all and taken loads of photos! Must say, I preferred Anchor Wat and Machu Picchu but this still was very impressive.

Train late that evening took some of the group, minus Nikki our guide and 5 others continuing to Katmandu, up to Dehli for my final day away!



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