Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like the Taj Mahal

Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like the Taj Mahal

A guy built this entire beautiful marble mausoleum in memory of his late wife.

This caused us a BIG problem: World War III almost broke out between these two greedy boys as Stefan demanded the same from Sebastien…

Nomadic Boys at the Taj Mahal

A demanding Stefan temporarily appeased by Sebastien’s fake promises…

Ok we’re joking.  Stefan is not that much of a diva (except when he starts breaking plates because Sebastien burnt the dinner again)…

…but the history behind this building is what makes it so romantic and even more wonderful.

Inspiration for the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal was built by India’s Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (between 1632-1653), along with over 22,000 people and 1,000 elephants of course.

It was built in memory of Shah Jahan’s 3rd wife, Mumtaz Mahal after she died in 1631 in child birth (giving birth to their 14th child).

Mumtaz must have been one helluva lady!

Shah Jahan with his wife Mumtaz Mahal

Shah Jahan with his wife Mumtaz Mahal – the lucky lady who had this beautiful building constructed in her memory

Apparently the colours of the Taj Mahal change depending on what time of the day it is and whether there’s moonlight at night.  Some people believe this signifies the different moods of a woman, in particularly Mumtaz’s moods…!

Getting to Agra

We visited the Taj Mahal as part of our “Golden Triangle” (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) tour through North India.

Like most people, we took the early morning train to Agra.  This was our first stop in our month travels through India and a real eye opener.

This train takes you through Delhi’s suburbia slums and you see what the train lines are really used for – one massive outdoor toilet: we’d never before in our lives seen so many squatting bums in one snapshot moment!

Agra was unfortunately also just one big toilet for us: a big irony as one of the world’s most beautiful buildings (and it really is as beautiful as it looks in the photos) is based there.

Agra's open sewers and a pig bathing/eating in it

Agra’s open sewers running alongside the roads with this piglet going about its daily rituals inside

The rickshaw drivers in Agra are renowned for being some of the most stickiest and annoying in the whole of India (it’s up there along with Jaipur and Varanasi).

And, they don’t seem to have any decent dentists there, but this first rickshaw ride for us was a lot of fun:

 

One of the Seven Wonders of the World

Our friend Andrew visited us from London for 2 weeks as we toured through North India together.

Andrew is very very tall (195m / 6ft 5 inches) and in a country where the average height of men is around 165 cm (5ft 5 inches), he was literally like one of the 7 wonders of the world to all the Indians at the Taj Mahal…!

Everyone wanted their photo taken with him:

Spot the World Wonder

Spot the World Wonder – our friend Andrew was the highlight for many Indian boys at the Taj Mahal when we visited. Sebastien’s reaction made us laugh the most

Andrew towering over the Indian boys

Our friend Andrew was very popular at the Taj Mahal – every other Indian boy wanted to have his photo taken with him

Andrew - one of the wonders of India (!)

Andrew – one of the wonders of India (!) and a pretty marble mausoleum behind him

We loved the Taj Mahal building a lot and spent a long time there admiring its beauty:

Posing by the Taj Mahal with our friend Andrew

Nomadic Boys admiring the Taj Mahal with our friend Andrew

Stefan posing at the Taj Mahal

Stefan posing at the Taj Mahal

Close up of the Taj Mahal

Close up of the brilliant Taj Mahal

And finally, our Nomadic Boys video with the Taj Mahal:

8 Comments

  1. Adam

    Love the Taj Mahal but Agra was a horrible city! I went for sunrise there and the photos I took are still some of my favorites – that is, until my camera battery died! I also thought it was funny when people kept coming up to ask for their photo to be taken with me. I think I have more photos from that day of me with strangers rather than just of myself!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks for your comment Adam. What’s the link for your TM article please?

      Reply
  2. Amy

    I love Stefan’s pose! I would love to visit the Taj Mahal one day, the story behind the building is great. By the way, your video links don’t seem to be working 🙁

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Amy! (Video fixed!)

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  3. Pavan

    I recently visited the Taj Mahal and just like you’ll, even I was awestruck looking at the architectural marvel. Its a monument you keep capturing in your lens. You just don’t get tired of clicking it.
    As far as Agra goes, you describe it perfectly. It’s shameful to see, that a place which is home to one of the wonders of the world is literally a garbage bin. Apart from the visit to the Taj, there are no memories worth taking back from the local city.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks for stopping by Pavan 🙂 Totally agree with you.

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  4. Zahra

    My family are from Agra so I have visited the city and Taj many times. In fact you can see the Taj from my Aunty’s roof (but it is big). I also do not like Agra as a city, but you have to remember it is people’s home. It is not their fault. It is the government.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Very true Zahra

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