After some deliberation, we decided to take the 3.5 hour drive to visit the glorious Taj Mahal. It was totally worth it. We arrived there around 11:00am, I threw Neko in his sling, we meet our guide and were on our way.
The history of the Taj Mahal is quite interesting. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz. If my memory is serving me correct Mumtaz passed during the birth of her 14th child to the emperor. Super mom, hey? The Taj is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage” and after first glimpse, you truly understand why. Its really a heavenly looking building and no detail was spared.
After walking in and around we took shelter in a bit of shade next to this colossal building and had a seat on a big old slab of marble. Ryah and Neko instantly became the main attraction. People were lined up around us to get pics/hold/touch hands and stare at the kiddos. I think for many it was there first time seeing a chubby bald, Buddha- esque baby, and a wild light haired blue eyed 3 year old.
Ryah totally hammed it up and was posing for all the pics and admiring the beautiful Bindhi and Henna art work, along with the magnificent jewels and garments the local women were wearing. Everyone was very sweet and kind and even offered to let us take pics of there babies (which of course we did, simply the cutest kiddos!). After enough of that we began the walk back to our ride.
About 10 steps into the walk out of there Ryah let us know “I cant walk.” This is the cue she is getting tired, super dad Dan tossed her up on his back and away we went. We came across 3 little boys of maybe the ages 8-10 who hustled us into hoping up on there carted camel named Razu for a pic and than a ride. We just couldn’t refuse.
After leaving we grabbed some food and air conditioning in a nearby restaurant. Tip of the day, if your waiter in India asks if you would like you food spicy and reply “just a little” prepare to have your taste buds scorched. Dan was a champ and sweated his way through the meal, “building his tolerance” he tells me, lol.
Next we went and watched local artists create beautiful jeweled marble pieces of work. Some table tops, figure, cups, etc. Even the smallest of these pieces take months to make. All the color that you see is precious stone inlay, no paint. Just amazing.
Afterwards we were on our journey home. The kiddos and I promptly feel asleep and pretty much slept the entire drive, which is probably why I am yet again up at 4:30am typing this blog. The time change has been a bit tough, but were adjusting more each day.
Our flight for Daramshala leaves today at noon. We are all so ready to get out of the big city and into the mountains and settle into our new temporary home. Until next time, thanks for reading and commenting with your supportive and encouraging words, we really appreciate the feedback and its so great to hear from you all even when were oceans away!