We started our journey from Delhi in a local train which was overflowing with all kinds of people live in India. Luckily my wife got a seat and sometime later I had the opportunity to share the seat with 4 other people in a seating capacity of three. It was already 11 am when we left Delhi. I never knew that a local train would take 4 hours to cover a distance of 200 kms . It stopped at all small towns and villages with a signification change in our compartment at every station with different kind of people with varied cultures. We were getting nervous as it was a special day for me and my wife and we wanted to be in Taj Mahal before the end of the day. The time of gate closing for Taj was 5 pm. We reached Agra around 3 pm. By the time we checked in at the hotel it was already quarter to four. Got ready as soon as possible and left for Taj Mahal in an Auto Rickshaw which was scaringly fast. We reached at the gate at quarter to five and saw there was a long line of foreign and local tourist. We were unsure of getting the entry but we got it at 5 pm. It was a indeed a miracle and we were in, we were brimming with abundant energy and happiness.
It was finally time to see Taj Mahal with my beloved wife on a special day, our 1st wedding anniversary. It was a dream for both of us since we started dating each other to be at Taj Mahal on our 1st anniversary.
It was a day of celebration and 90 % of our time we did was travel. Finally we entered from the main gate and we were just awwed with the grandness of the monument.
Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal on the bank of river Yamuna on the other side of Great Red Fort of Agra.
She died after giving birth to their 14th child while accompanying her husband in Burhanpur in a campaign to crush rebels. The Emperor was so shocked by the death of his beloved wife that all his hair and beard were said to have grown white in few months that followed.
Mumtaj wanted Shah Jahan to fulfill her four wishes
- To build a monument that stands out of the world.
- To marry again.
- To be kind to their children
- To visit the tomb on her death anniversary.
Shah Jahan completed the first and second promises. Taj Mahal Construction began in 1631 and completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were put for work on Taj mahal. The material was brought in from all over India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the agra site. It was designed by the Iranian architect Ustad Isa and there is a myth that his right hand was chopped off after the construction. Shah Jahan was later kept captive by his son in Red fort from where Taj Mahal was visible.
Well history had its positives and negatives but we definitely had a great time sitting at the premises of Taj Mahal and watching the beauty and grandness of Taj. It’s a great place to feel love as love is in the air. Spent nearly 2 hours there and fell in love all over again. We ended the day with a quiet dinner at one of the city diners. It was an awesome experience which we have not forgotten till today and longing for a visit again soon.
There are 2 more major attractions in Agra i.e. Minitaj and Red Fort which should be a must in the literary for everybody who visits Agra.