The Taj Mahal: A Mausoleum of Love

     The Taj Mahal is a beautiful place that includes multiple topics that deal with Heritage.  This is a place that I have always dreamed of visiting.  I have heard and watched enough movies on this Heritage site that I thought I knew almost everything about it.  It never ceases to amaze me how much I can continue learning about a place that I have yet to visit in person. 

     The Taj Mahal became a heritage site in 1983, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and due to that reason it has a high number of tourists.  The Taj Mahal gets about two to three million visitors annually, a quarter of those visitors are from overseas.  This place is a main attraction for romantics and people on honeymoons.  It is the monument of love since the Emperor Shah Jahan built it for his most favorite and beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He had five wives but out of the five, Mumtaz was his favorite because she was the one his marriage was not arranged to, it was a love-marriage. 

     The people of that area depend on the income that flows in from the tourists, there are jobs for adults as well as children that ranges from being a tour guide to someone looking after your shoes when you enter the Taj Mahal.  Along with positive opportunities that are established, there are also negative sides to the heavy flow of tourists, scammers and thieves flourish in the sea of unsuspecting tourists. 

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     This white marble mausoleum is located in Agra, India but the structure itself holds Muslim influence.  The mausoleum is structured as would be a mosque and because of this influence it is a piece of territory where religion does not hold much of an importance for the visitors, workers, and the people of India. 

     I have always wanted to visit this place because not only is it heavily loaded with a ton of history but it is also a place where many have fallen in love, learned some things about themselves, and a place of complete serenity.  It is a pure place, a place of togetherness for all that visit it.  I want to experience all that for myself and see this mausoleum that people from all over the world go to see.    

 

 

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2 Responses to The Taj Mahal: A Mausoleum of Love

  1. yjain916 says:

    Being half Indian, I’ve always wanted to visit India and see the Taj Mahal one day to connect to my roots. My dad used to tell me stories about how beautiful it is and how it changes colors during the day because of the sun light. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit it!

  2. ktorres24 says:

    I found your post to be very interesting! I did not know the backup story to it and I think it’s so romantic for people to go there and fall in love. The architecture itself is impressing and the landscape is beautiful. It is easy to understand why it gets so many visitors.

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