IndiBroncos Day 9: The Taj Mahal

Cynthia Glass
Major: Entrepreneurship
Sustainability in India, Fall- Short Term

Today was Awesome.  We traveled from New Dehli to Agra by private coach and visited both the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.  Today we also saw Monkeys!  Thankfully they kept their distance.

Image: The Monkeys of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is an absolute masterpiece.  We had a great tour guide who is very knowledgeable about the history and construction of the mausoleum and he was able to answer all of our questions. He also knew ways to get some awesome photos.

Image: Check out those sunglasses!

The Taj Mahal was begun in 1632 and took 22 years to complete.  It was built to honor the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s beloved third wife after her death.  Every aspect of the buildings design and decoration were intended to honor life and their love.

Image: An up close look of the elaborate design and decoration of the Taj Mahal.

It would be impossible to construct the building in the present time as the cost would be prohibitive.  The craftsmanship is exact and the white marble palace is mathematically amazing.  There is only one small section that is not symmetrical so that the Emperor would not be creating something as perfectly as God can.

Image: A well known view of the Taj Mahal.

We enjoyed seeing the Taj Mahal and after being there I understand why it is considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.  The outer walls and auxiliary buildings are constructed out of red sandstone and the main building is Makrana white marble which is iridescent and resists staining.  The decorations are all inlaid semi-precious stones.  We enjoyed taking photos during our visit.

Image: Goofy times at the Taj Mahal

Afterward we visited a Marble art location where we learned more about the techniques used to create the amazing inlays on the Taj Mahal.  The same family that did the work on the Taj Mahal still does work in the same manner today 7 generations on.  The family is also called in to do any repairs needed on the inlays. They gave us a demonstration of how the work is done and we were able to view amazing finished pieces in their showroom.

Image: The 7th generation of the family that works on the Taj Mahal giving a demonstration.

We finished the day with a little shopping and returned to our hotel.  It was a great day!

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