The Taj Mahal

I’m jumping ahead a few days to share some photos of the Taj Mahal.  We visited just two days ago on Saturday, but it seems like a week ago.  Our schedule is packed and each day brings new adventures that are unique, unexpected and unlike anything we’ve done previously.

After a four-hour train ride (delayed somewhat because we hit some cattle), a morning bus accident (no one was hurt), a tour of a nearby fort complex, and some South Indian cuisine for lunch, we were ready to explore the Taj Mahal.   It is well worth learning the story behind the building of the Taj Mahal, but I won’t repeat it here. This page has some quick and interesting facts about the palace, which was completed in 1653.

There were thousands of visitors there, but it was easy to find some solitude and reflect while exploring the grounds.  I spent a great deal of time thinking about those who have passed in recent years and felt comforted by the energy surrounding this monument.   It was magical.

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I was really there!
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The columns lean out slightly in case of an earthquake, so they do not damage the building.
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With the changing clouds and sun, there was a new view every moment.
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Every tourist has to do this.

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Just another request for a photo.
Just another request for a photo.
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The line for Indians stretched around the building. There was almost no line for foreigners.

 

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_DSC0528 There are monkeys at the Taj (and just about everywhere else).

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I have hundreds more photos.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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