The Love Story of the Taj Mahal and the ‘Baby Taj’

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  1. Agra tour says:

    If you have by no means been to the Taj Mahal,
    it’s a should-see place in the heart of the town.

    • Teja says:

      Indeed. But I wish there were as many tours for the Baby Taj. As a woman, I found it more interesting to see the architecture built by an Empress, not an Emperor. And besides, Nur Jahan was far more interesting. All we know of Mumtaz Mahal was that she got pregnant a lot and had babies, which is pretty boring. I mean, that’s not really hard for a woman to do.

  2. Bharat Taxi says:

    Nice Blog…Taj Mahal is a great symbol of love, Thank you for sharing the information with us. I really enjoyed reading your post, Agra is a very beautiful place many people come and enjoy there holiday.

  3. Cherene Saradar says:

    I always enjoy your writing. Your photos are freaking incredible. Interesting take on the love story and I totally agree that they totally failed as parents! LOL. In modern days he would be in juvy! But you are correct in that it is SO hard to describe how beautiful this place actually is.

    • Teja says:

      LOL my hairdresser says I need to be in more of them! I need to learn how to look as natural as you do in photos !

      Yes, totally worth going in person, right? Even with all the hype, even with its image splashed everywhere worldwide, still an in-person attraction. You can’t always say that for landmarks.

  4. Tasha says:

    I didn’t realise that the Taj Mahal looks like a different colour in different lights, so interesting! I also enjoyed reading the love stories :)

    • Teja says:

      Seriously, if you ever go there, whatever people say, stay the night so you can see the other colours. I wish I’d done that – Agra is more than just the Taj Mahal.

  5. That’s fascinating. I had no idea about the second story. I’ll never forget my visit to the Taj Mahal and the madness outside. I had to store my tripod outside and I would never have got it back if it wasn’t for the help of a young boy who pushed through the crowds and got it for me. It was pitch black by then and I wanted to give him some money but I couldn’t see in the dark how much the notes were for. I gave him one and to this day have no idea whether I gave him a pittance or a fortune!! Hopefully somewhere in between.

  6. This was a really interesting read. Honestly, I could never bring myself to be awed by Tajmahal as a symbol of love, not even when I was a child and believed most of the things people told me. It’s sure an architectural marvel, but love.. questionable. The other love story of Jahangir and Noor Jahaan is way more interesting to me and it has been so nicely put by you. I have visited all these places when i was vey young, but I can still remember the beauty of these tombs

    • Teja says:

      Right?? I feel it is so unfair that it is the lesser known story! But I think, the Taj Mahal one is more romantic to men, and so became more well known, because there’s more focus on how the man proved his love (according to the male gold standard that is). Maybe I don’t get it because I’m a woman!

  7. Gina says:

    I’ve always wanted to see the Taj Mahal, but the groups of tourists are really putting me off. I would honestly rather stay somewhere in Agra overnight so I can go at the butt crack of dawn.

    • Teja says:

      Yes, I would totally recommend staying a night at least, no matter what people say about it being ‘not necessary’. On the other hand, somehow when you’re inside, up until you get to the marble platform, the crowds don’t feel quite as bad. I think maybe the spaciousness of the gardens and the sheer size of the monument – that scale makes you notice it less, I think.

  8. neha says:

    Your post brought back to me fond memories of visiting the Taj years back with my family. Even I could never relate to it as a symbol of love. Nevertheless the architecture of the monument really stands out and it is indeed a white beauty like none other. Tomb of I’timad ud-Daula is much lesser known, thanks for the virtual tour. Had missed it on my own tour.

    • Teja says:

      Yeah, I’m glad the driver suggested it. It feels like it’s been under restoration for a while. Even then, the garden is still being restored. But the story is just incredible. It should be more famous.