The Taj Mahal — it is humanity’s most beautiful building, a true wonder of the world and a reason alone to visit India. A must see? That doesn’t even begin to describe it.
In This Photo Essay You Will Discover:
- The Intricacy of the Taj Mahal
- Architectural Facts
- A Mere Shade of its Actual Beauty
Seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time reduces one to cliches. I could try to be original, to describe this wonder in a way none have before — but at the time, all I could come up with was: “I am walking into heaven.” The marble, inlaid with mother of pearl, shimmered in the morning light. It was draped in mist and skylined against ultraviolet blue. White storks circled the central dome like… well, like freakin’ angels.
We stood open-mouthed and dumb in its presence. We stayed on the grounds for more than four hours, staring up at the marble, admiring the detail and merely basking in its light; only our lunchtime hunger eventually forced us to leave. It is the world’s most beautiful building — there are no challengers to its throne.
Sure, it bankrupted the country when it was built. Sure, Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son following its completion for such a gross misuse of federal funds (as we all know, he built it as tomb for his beloved wife). But maybe the Shah was just a forward-thinker — after all, the tourism dollars it has brought to the region in the past 400 years have surely paid for it tenfold by now, right?
If you skip over the Taj Mahal during your time in India, you do not understand what it is to be in India. (After all, no Indian would ever pass by a destination due to crowds.) India is a land of staggering beauty in the face of chaos — and nothing embodies this better than the Taj Mahal.
One day in Agra and you’ll see what I mean.
I won’t reduce it to words. I only hope glimpsing at these 2-D photocopies below will inspire you to stand, as we did, in pure awe on the grounds of India’s Taj Mahal:
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