Vidya Sury gazing in wonder at the Taj Mahal, Agra. © Photo by Vidya’s camera, courtesy of her friend

Monumental Joy

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“I love you, Mumtaz” — Shah Jahan

If you visit the Taj Mahal, Agra, I can promise that this glorious memorial will take your breath away. You just won’t be able to take your eyes away from it. Truly wondrous sight and out of this world!

There it is, rising into the skies like an ethereal, heavenly abode. The glow of the marble, the carvings, the gold, the precious stones — you just can’t get enough of the beauty and the stories. Oh, the stories!

I’ve visited the Taj Mahal twice — once with family and then, a road trip with a classmate — and hope I can visit again. The weather was pleasant and we had the best trip ever. We took all kinds of crazy photos in different poses. And even ordered a printed album we could cherish.

Sitting pretty on the banks of the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new seven wonders of the world. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 as a token of his love for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also has Shah Jahan’s tomb. The campus also has a beautiful mosque and has gorgeous gardens.

To protect the structure of the Taj Mahal from pollution damage, no petrol-diesel vehicles are allowed near it. Only horse carriages and battery-operated vehicles.

I’ll stop here and thank Mary Chang Story Writer for the opportunity to show off my whitey whites. Oops! I am in awe of her handstand!

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