We’ve been asking various other travellers whether the Taj was worth the money or not, and the general consensus was that it shouldn’t be missed. Actually, both Kate and I were pretty disappointed with the Taj… for the money we were expecting amazing gardens and attached buildings with amazing interiors, but actually there’s really not much to the place other than the famous marble building that everyone has seen photos of so many times. Everything is highly symmetrical, which is not a quality that makes me go ‘wow’. The inside is not particularly stunning.
When I think of the other tourist attractions around the world, the Taj Mahal is way down on the list.
There was a moment when the light was no longer enough to support taking photos, most of the other tourists had gone, and the last traces of the sunset just hung in the sky and we suddenly understood what the Taj was all about. It’s a building of the night, and the heart and inspiration which went into it can’t be appreciated during the day. It was built as a tomb by a grief-struck ruler, and you can really feel the sadness when the light has almost disappeared from the day. The tomb feels peaceful and still at this point, and there is a huge irony in the lack of calm and rest that the poor recipient of the tomb receives daily with vast amounts of vexatious gawping tourists.
Many more photos to come!
We’ve had enough of the cold weather and rain which feels a little too much like home to us at the moment! Also, we’ve been told the south is much more pleasant than the north which is where we currently are, so tomorrow morning we’re off on a 40 hour train journey to Kerala in the South of India. You may not hear from us for a while!