In an entire change of pace from my other, more heavy experiences in India, the Taj Mahal was our other major stop on our whirlwind tour of India. And boy what a site it is! I can understand why it is a wonder of the world.
The Taj Mahal is a tomb/memorial for a queen from the Mogul dynasty and took 20K men per day for 12 years to finish building it. It’s sort of surreal looking at it because it is exactly as you expect it to be, but also so much more. And it’s pristine white tiles is in such stark contrast to the dusty, dirty, brown streets and brick we’ve been seeing in the rest of India. The entire site really is incredibly clean, which you notice immediately as different from the rest of the region.
We spent about 2 hours there, and I was in awe by the beauty of the building the entire time. Truly an amazing piece of architecture. The tilework is so detailed, with incredible marble inlay and carvings. The reflection pool was also so cool to see. It made the Taj look so much bigger than it actually was, a planned optical illusion. Me and Jess took about a zillion touristy pictures while we were there, doing all kinds of goofy poses.