Experiencing the Taj Mahal

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This was the day I’d been dreaming of since I found out I’d be going on this program. It’s the Taj Mahal!! Well known for being one of the seven wonders of the world, this place was more beautiful than the pictures in my old textbooks. The ivory color of the Taj Mahal made it almost blinding. It took a while for my eyes to adjust to the sun rays bouncing off the building right into my eyes.

My friends and I all wore our best Indian attire and had one goal: to take an instagram worthy picture (i know, so millennial of us). Our tour guide told us the history of the Taj Mahal and how Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, commissioned the Taj Mahal for one of his wives, named Mumtaz Mahal. Some believe that this was the absolute sign of love, for he had built her not just one small building, but a huge tomb with the most intricate designs. Not only was the building itself spectacular, but the gardens and areas around it were as well.

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I was shocked to find out that there were 2 other structures alongside the Taj Mahal. There was a guest house and a mosque witch sat perfectly at each side of the Taj Mahal. While this spectacular structure is something most of the world knows for its beauty, there is still some controversy on the history behind its construction. Some say the emperor cut off the hands of those who built the Taj Mahal so that nothing like it could be replicated. This could very well be a myth, but I guess we’ll never truly find out.

What is your take on it? Does it change the way you view the Taj Mahal?

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