On the last day of our trip, we made it to the Taj Mahal. It was breathtaking, and we arrived at 6 a.m. in order to see the gorgeous stone of the building be lighted by the rising sun. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to see the building, as it changes colors and is illuminated by the light.
The building itself it surrounded by a fort, many of which dot the countrysides of India. It is made of red stone and has gardens all around it.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum. I did not know that until I arrived. It houses the body of the favorite wife of one of the past rulers. She died in childbirth so he built the Taj Mahal as a tribute to her. The building is inlaid with precious stones and took more than a year to build with thousands of people laboring.
I’ve made it home now. But I’ll always be glad that amid the research I conducted and the wonderful people I met that I got to see this amazing structure.