In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.
“OK” I envisioned 3 ladies on a white horse galloping into the Taj Mahal with crowds of people waving as we passed by.
In fact, we went in on a very rickety and bumpy horse and cart.
Our Audience and cheering fans were monkeys with babies on their backs.
The entrance, or the gates to the Taj Mahal are quite spectacular as one would imagine.
The main gateway is about 93 feet in height, is a masterpiece of fine inlay work in itself.
It has beautifully crafted doors on the two sides, one opening towards the court-yard side to receive visitors from all three entry gates, and the other side opening towards the grand white marble Taj mausoleum.
The gate has profuse inlay work of white marble and precious stones into the red sandstone surface. The top of the gate has eleven domes between two high columns, 22 in all, depicting the number of years it took for the construction of the Masterpiece.
Sadly there was no water in the outside pond. but the image was breathtaking.
Anticipation – it means to Look forward to.
I was 11 years old. Mums friend (can’t remember her name) was a travel agent and she shared her photos of the Taj Mahal.
I was in awe of the photos, and I figured I would visit it one day, but I was worried that I would loose my shoes if I took them off. The thoughts and imaginings of an 11 year old.
And visit it we did today and I didn’t loose my shoes. I had a cute cover over them.
Along with the painting American Gothic, Disneyland, and the Tate Museum, the Taj Mahal was on the list of things I wanted to see when I was a child.
I completed that list today.
We photographed, filmed, talked to people and just stood and marveled at the imagery. The breeze flowing over the river that borders the Taj was cool and refreshing and if we didn’t have a guide who kept us on schedule. we could have just sat and watched the passing parade of bright clothes and beautiful people.
For the first time in a week, we took an afternoon break which gave us the energy to visit the Red Fort in the evening light .It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1488–1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort for 14 years.