Ok, I had promised myself that I was not going to post anything about the most famous monument of India, the Taj Mahal. We all have already seen countless pictures of it. And to be completely honest, I imagined it to be one of those overrated tourists attractions, where you mainly go for the picture. Little did I know.
For the first time of my life, I got monument-struck. I am pretty sure this is not a word, but in this case it is the one that expresses best how I felt. Indeed, as soon as I entered the main gate and that the Taj started revealing itself, I was blown away. Paralyzed by its grandiosity. I finally realized why I was here, among thousands of people of all ages, countries and religions, to see it.
Everything about the Taj is unique. Its architecture of course, but also the story behind it. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built this tomb for his wife, after she made a request as she was dying: to keep their love alive forever.
How do you build something that mesmerizes people throughout the centuries ? That is universally beautiful and timelessly powerful? I myself have no idea, and won’t try to find an answer. What I can tell you is that those who built the Taj knew.
I won’t put any photograph of it because to me, what makes the Taj Mahal what it is cannot be captured in a picture. It can only be felt. No matter how much you hear about it, it will only make sense once you are in front of this wonder. And I can almost bet you that like myself, as you walk out, you will turn back again and again thinking “let me look at it just one last time”.