Everyone in the world has heard about the seven wonders while growing up. The feeling was even more pronounced given I was born in the country where one of them exists.
From a tea brand that would go “Wah Taj” in every advertisement to every general knowledge or history book ever to movies and videos and so much more, the Taj Mahal’s beauty and allure always seemed exaggerated to me until I saw it with my own eyes back in 2015.
When we went to visit the Taj Mahal early in the morning, we saw crowds of people who were there before us. Obviously.
Slowly, we proceeded into the complex, showing our passes and moving along the crowd. That is when I first saw it. It glowed from amidst the darkness that the entry amassed. It stood out there under the blue sky. It just stood there, waiting for people to come near it, and notice it.
I can’t put words to the feeling you get when you first go through any of the four gates to the complex. It almost feels like those gates warp you into perfect symmetry. It isn’t just the monument or the things around it; it is a feeling of balance spread for as far as you can see while in the complex.
Slowly, we made our way toward one of the whitest things I have seen in my life. It was still early morning, so the light and gradient seemed perfect. We kept walking, navigating through the dense crowd, as we reached our spots in the queue.
We looked at it. I’m not sure what Prateek thought. I’m not sure if I asked him. Even if I had, I probably don’t remember his answer because I was busy looking at how intricate the whole thing is and trust me, no words, no descriptions, no history books can tell you how it feels.
Taj Mahal is one of the few things that you have to see for yourself. You can never fathom the beauty of this marvel until you see it with your own eyes. No photo, no description can ever do justice to the moment when you pass through one of the gates and gaze at the sheer beauty.
Some things, some moments require you to go out and grab them; either that or be at the behest of those who share their stories to get a taste of the real thing.