Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Incredible Taj Mahal

It took us about four hours journey from Gugraon to Agra which located one of the seven wonders in the world – Taj Mahal. Once reached at the gate, we were greeted by the tourist guide and he brought us to the main gate/entrance. At that point I still couldn’t see the Taj Mahal and just couldn’t wait and was really thrilled about it.

There was a very long queue at the West gate and we had to walk about 5 minutes to take another gate which was the South gate. This is actually the entrance for the workers but the guide belasah je bawa masuk.. After passed the security check we were already in the area but still I couldn’t see the Taj Mahal. After brief explanations from the guide, we walked to the arch and where I stood there I saw the Taj Mahal.

Once my eyes set upon this beautiful palace, all I could feel and say was it is such a spectacular and breathtaking view. How lucky Mumtaz Mahal to have a loving husband that build him this beautiful castle. Sadly she was not alive to see this beautiful monument of loves.

I guess everybody knows the story of Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was build by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument, which is also said to be the last wish of Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal architecture is a kind of fusion of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture.

When I walked closer to the palace, I was amazed again. Amaze of how people thousands years ago could build such a huge and beautiful things like this. The whole Taj Mahal was made from marble. It has beautiful calligraphic work which mainly consists of the verses and passages from Quran.

The view inside the Taj Mahal is as magnificent as its exterior. Sadly photos were not allowed to take inside here. It says that Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal original grave were actually down at the central of the Taj Mahal. Publics can get to visit the original’s grave only during the day death anniversary of Shah Jahan. As for the normal days we could see the replicas tomb at the same position at the central of the palace.

After about two hours spent there, all I could say.. Taj Mahal is so beautiful. People say it is even more beautiful during night time. As what Shah Jahan's own composition in praise of the Taj Mahal is found in Badshah Nama:

"The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs and makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made to display thereby the Creator's glory."

I told hubby.. if you were to build this beautiful castle for me – do it why I am still alive! Hahahahahaha.. Anyway.. the trip was such a worth trip to all of us. I am here with hubby and children to witness this incredible of Taj Mahal. One thing is for sure that if you visit Taj Mahal once, its memories will remain etched in your memory forever.