Magical Allure of The “Taj Mahal”

If one has a heart that beats and that beat throbs to seek, the purity of love in galore!

The world changes India as ‘Incredible India’ and holds at high esteem for its holy, pure and aesthetic culture.Talking about Taj Mahal, a perfect epitome of place with majestic architectural monuments, an amalgamation of  sparkling tombs and mausoleums constructed during the era of Mughal Empire and located on banks of river Yamuna.

The Taj is one of the seven wonders of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

How can I describe The Taj Mahal? You can’t its impossible.You just have to experience it.

I visited the Taj Mahal so many times along with friends and family. Let me share my first visit experience with you.

There were security checks at the entrance and already a long queue of tourists by the time we got there. However, once we got past the gates, it was like being transported into a different era. We were surrounded by lush green gardens and magnificent Mughal architecture. Even the air seemed majestic. We quickly made our way through the east gate, and lo and behold, the Taj was there in all its glory and splendour.

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It was simply breath-taking and the structure looked divine with its white marble gleaming against the clear blue sky. It literally took our breath away and each one of us was engulfed in our own thoughts for a while. Slowly, as if waking up from a slumber, we began the touristy ritual of taking photographs from all angles.12795339_468852453306367_6453025408356850492_n.jpg

Moving ahead, we found ourselves at the end of yet another queue. People were lined up to get their photos taken on the famous Princess Diana bench. Even though it was next to impossible to have your picture taken without anyone else in the background, we persisted but to no avail.

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After visiting the Taj Mahal, we moved on to the mosque adjacent to it, which is open only for Friday prayers. This mosque is made of red sandstone and has a similar design to the Jama Masjid in Delhi. Interestingly, another building – a replica of the mosque – was constructed on the east side just to balance the overall symmetry of the architecture. This building houses a guest house and is called the Jawab, meaning ‘response’ since its purpose is to harmonize the scenery.

The grace of perfection of proportions and grandeur of geometrical patterns of well-appointed gardens enhancing the poise of the whole complex together add magnificence to the delicacy of this romance of love, dedication, and purity, ‘The Taj’!

 

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Fly High in the Sky

Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.

Going through all those security checks, getting the boarding pass, bagging the window seat, the impatience while waiting right from boarding the flight to takeoff and landing, the awesome view of flying through the clouds

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Inside the airport 

Firstly the plane went on the runway until the opposite end and all the while I was feeling as if I am sitting in a bus. But finally, it took an about-turn and the speed increased exponentially. Within a few seconds, we were high, up in the sky. The view was breath-taking. The roads seemed like bright lighted lines, the houses and cars seemed like toys. The actual city looked like a toy model of a city. My ears were humming initially when the plane increased the height, but later on, everything was fine.

 

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Delhi View from Airplane

Of course, I was excited to experience it; to fly above the cloud is as amazing as it is. When I saw cloud from above it seemed like Antarctica, truly amazing! I felt like walking on it while I knew I can’t.

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  • After seeing this view I have an urge to look at the Earth from the space I hope I get a chance one day!
  • The feeling of “ME” vanishes and the “EGO” dissolves. From 33000 feet we are not even equivalent to a speck of dust. So even at this great height I was grounded to the Earth
  • It felt flying like a bird in the sky. I want to try sky-diving now!

 

Almost being high! Fell in love with that feeling right away!

Vagator Beach-An Aesthetic Sunset View

Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator is located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport. The nearest railway station is at Thivim. Vagator is at a distance of 9 km from Mapusa, and 22 km far from the state capital Panaji. There are frequent buses to Panaji and Mapusa from Vagator.

Vagator Beach is split into two main beaches by a seaside headland which holds the car parking and lots of stalls selling trinkets, clothes, soft drinks and snacks. As you face the sea, on your right is North Vagator Beach (Big Vagator) and on your left Ozran Beach, more commonly known as Little Vagator Beach.  The secluded and incredibly beautiful beach is the “Little Vagator” and is a short walk away from Big Vagator.

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 Greeny View of Big Vagator Beach 

At Little Vagator, down a steep path, is the stone sculpture of Shiva (an artwork of anonymous sculptor from the hippie era.)

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Night View: Shiv Rock

A steep path leads down to the sands where is located the sculpted face of Shiva on a rock. Locals believe that the Shiva’s face was sculpted by a dedicated devotee of Lord Shiva who was incidentally a foreign tourist. This particular hippie wanted to build a small temple to Lord Shiva, but local egoistic hindrances did not encourage this tourist and hence during his long stay over a couple of trips thus happened the wonderful work of art bang on the sea rock. The sculpted Shiva face is not visible and goes hidden under the waves during high tides.