The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time- Rabindranath Tagore
No matter how cliche it may sound, but almost every Indian love story has seen the daylight of this magnificent love tomb. I was no exception. A week after our engagement my fiance and I decided to take a trip to Agra. Henna color residues on my hands, the glistening engagement ring and the happy glow on my face made me feel like a newly wed bride. Leaning on my aromatic fiance’s shoulder, taking my first train journey and our first trip together made everything perfect.
It was a annoyingly hot summer day. The long train journey was nothing special. Crazy loud noises of passengers getting on and off at stops broke my sleep numerous times. The thought of seeing a beautiful world renowned monument kept me awake the entire night and later, when I decided to take a power nap on this rattling means of transport I couldn’t. The sheer fact that my fiance was by my side dominated my crankiness.
At the end of a five-hour long tiring train journey and fifteen minutes of extremely dangerous auto ride we finally arrived at our destination. THE TAJ MAHAL-as they say was indeed a treat to our eyes.
Standing tall, surrounded by a lush green compound and bearing the symbol of undying love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Begum, the Taj Mahal made me emotional. I clutched onto the hands of my fiance, it was a dream come true to visit the jewel of love with the love of my life. Holding a hand of my fiance while striking the then social media famed #followme picture pose with the Taj Mahal as the backdrop was the highlight of this trip. Locking our hands together we spend the entire afternoon at the premises of the Taj Mahal. Taking a romantic royal walk, made me feel giggly. Most definitely, strolling around in those makeshift polythene sandals on marble was pretty difficult but we both were so happy in each other’s company that we hardly noticed how funny our feet looked, only to realize in the pictures later.
With the sun beginning to descend on the west sky we decided to bid adieu to the most romantic man made monument. A history to be remembered for ages to come, the Taj Mahal on that day brought my fiance and me more close to each other. We soaked an emperor’s love for his wife in our eyes and hearts forever. We will definitely travel more and gain much more new experiences and tales to tell but the Taj Mahal will be the most special, without any doubt! We are now pretty confident to tell our future kids how we witnessed a true epitome of love together and toasted in unison “WAAH TAJ!”