Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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The Taj Mahal

Scintillating beauty. White marble with precious gem inlays, set amongst green, spreading lawns and leafy, shady walkways. 
 







Brilliant white against verdant greens, the mausoleum known as the Taj Mahal stands, a monument to love, perhaps, the very least to architectural beauty. 
 







We trace the walkways, thankful for the shade on this very hot day, steadily moving toward the white domed building rising just ahead. We pass what is now referred to as Diana’s bench where Princess Diana had her photograph taken. The lines of people wanting to have their pictures taken there stretches back many paces. 




We bypass the bench to gain the terrace on which the Taj sits. Richard elects to enter the mausoleum to see the crypt. Linda and I go to sit in the shade. 








My favorite part of the day’s adventure is seeing the structure on the left when you first come into the main enclosure. The building is topped by 22 domes. A guide explained that in lieu of calculators, etc., one dome was constructed after each year of construction, and the Taj Mahal took 22 years to complete. 




I’m wilting as we head back to the hotel. Only the next day do we learn that it had been 110 degrees under the hazy Indian sun while we had been admiring the beauty of the Taj Mahal. 




Images: First, third, and fifth photos courtesy of Richard Furlough.

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