Oh my goodness- how to adequately describe what it felt like to actually visit the Taj Mahal? Somehow I imagined it might not be as incredible as it's made out to be since it is such an internationally famous landmark and since I, like pretty much everyone, have grown up seeing photos of the Taj Mahal. But upon first glimpse from the day before, squeals echoed throughout our bus. It feels like such a defining moment to finally lay eyes on a landmark, and masterpiece, such as this. Even the next day, on our official Taj Mahal day (with the whole sunrise experience and everything), I felt just as awestruck. It seems completely unbelievable - the different shades of white marble, the different depths and translucency of the marble create a unique look and perfectly reflect the morning light rays. Even the colored inlays add to the the overall beauty and mystique of the Taj Mahal.
It was incredibly interesting and fascinating to walk around the Taj and learn of the history and facts, such as how the Taj is built perfectly symmetrical and how the pillars are angled slightly out so that in case of earthquake, they would fall away from the Taj. Another interesting fact was how Emperor Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal around 1632) also planned on building a second Taj Mahal in black onyx as a tomb for himself, across the river that lies behind the Taj. Obviously, this never happened, but the idea is both romantic and aesthetically beautiful. I really wanted to soak in my experience at the Taj Mahal and pretty much walked around for an hour in pure astonishment. (throwing in ridiculous Jade and Christy fun all the while, of course!). I still can't believe I've actually seen the Taj Mahal (and may never again) - unbelievable...
^ Photo shoot we came across to the side of the Taj Mahal
^ Rajasthan Adventure girls, with our awesome 'CEO', Aparna in the middle. Love her! She was incredible!
^ Complete Rajasthan Adventure gang! What a great, fun group (from mostly UK, with Canadians, Americans and a German thrown in). Fun- loving group!