This was my first glimpse of the Taj Mahal through the West Gate. I got up super early to see sunrise. It was worth it. It’s hard to put into words the magnificence of this monument dedicated to love. It is in fact a mausoleum to the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahans wife first commissioned in 1632. My guide told me that Shah Jahan met his wife selling jewellery in a market and fell instantly in love with her.
Like many the Taj Mahal has been high on my list of Iconic buildings to see for years. I’ve seen many monuments but the Taj Mahal is the most awesome in the literal sense of the word. Having spent hours walking around the Taj I left begrudgingly but feeling deeply moved. Why did I leave it so long to visit here!
To sum it up poet Rabindranath Tagore described it as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’, Rudyard Kipling as ‘the embodiment of all things pure’, while its creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, said it made ‘the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes’ From the Lonely Planet.