Majestic Taj Mahal
As we celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, we wanted to flashback to one of our early trips to India and our visit to the wonderful Taj Mahal. In a country of crowded streets full of crazy driving traffic jam with cows and monkeys mixed in, it was surprising to see such a pristine white palace in the middle of nowhere. A three hour bus ride from Delhi which was slow but safe and brought us to this truly amazing gem.
The sheer size and audacity of the place becomes apparent as you come closer to it.
Travel Tip #1: Make sure to walk through the exterior areas as perhaps the greatest part is to appreciate the intricate inscriptions from the Quran on the walls and arches.
Inside is a lot simpler with not much furnishings yet still filled with fine Craftsmanship and exquisite detail in the beautiful arches and interior hallways.
You have to see it in person to truly appreciate its majesty. Taj Mahal took 22 years to build and 22000 labourers and 1000 elephants . The fact that it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in her memory after she passed away giving birth to their 14th child! It is perhaps the greatest monument to love and the power to move a person’s soul. A truly fitting stop to celebrate the importance of marriage and the time we have to spend with our spouses.
The Red Fort
Perhaps not as popular but also quite interesting was the Red Fort in Delhi which had simple exteriors but a beautiful domed ceiling at its heart.
After all the tours, we were brought to a house with a huge garden which we thought was a dinner at a friend’s house but actually led to a surprise event!
A full blown Indian Wedding! And we were the celebrants!
Our gracious hosts threw us a famous Indian wedding which did not last the usual 4-5 days (I really don’t know how people manage that to be honest I was tapped out after one day in our wedding) but was nonetheless very colorful and lively.
The ceremony was quite long and the ministers quite strict but with a puff of smoke and after circling around for sometime we were done. What a truly memorable way to relive your wedding vows!