Last December, 2009, we decided to take a trip to India. This was my first overseas trip, so I was super excited. I mean, I had been to Canada before, but that’s not really counted as “overseas”. Anyway, we left on Friday evening. We landed at the New Delhi airport at around 9:00 PM (it was probably 6:30 AM back in Georgia) the next day. My dad’s cousins came to pick us up. When we were at their house, we ate dinner and talked about a bunch of other things because this was our first time in India. I was so excited to be in India, we had so many fun things planned out to do, but the thing that excited me the most was that we were going to the Taj Mahal the next day. Though the trip to the Taj Mahal did not turned out as I had planned it, I was very grateful to have even experienced it.
When it had finally reached the next morning, I don’t know how I was able to hold in all that excitement. We were finally about to get on the road to the Taj Mahal! When we got there, I was even more excited. About thirty minutes later, we walked through the last gate to the Taj Mahal. Then, in the light coming from the other side of the gate I saw the Taj Mahal, about a quarter of a mile away. The Taj Mahal was more beautiful than in all the pictures I had seen. The building was on a raised platform, which was almost 5 feet high and had beautiful dark red designs in it. The Taj Mahal itself was made from beautiful white marble and one big dome in the center, surrounded by four smaller domes at each corner of the building. There also four tall marble pillars at each corner of the platform. On the Taj Mahal there were beautiful, intricate designs going up and along the front entrance. There was also Arabic written along with the designs. It was just beautiful. Between the actual building and the gate we were standing at, was a long, narrow reflecting pool with two lush green gardens on either side.
The first thing I thought when I saw it was “WOW”! The next thing I started doing was taking video nonstop. After taking pictures for a couple of minutes we started walking by the reflecting pool up to the Taj Mahal. Once we actually got there, we took off our shoes and walked up onto the platform. I went up to the Taj Mahal and just started feeling it, all the beautiful marble and the designs. I was so glad we were actually able to make it there even though it was almost dark now. The only disappointment I had was that we weren’t able to go inside the Taj Mahal. It was getting very late and there was big line of people still trying to get in, but I was still glad to actually have seen it.
Even though I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted, I still think it is a privilege to actually have seen the Taj Mahal. I think it was a privilege to actually have gone to India to because not everyone has the time and resources to go. I am also thankful to my parents for taking me to India. It was so fun and we also got to see a lot of other places besides the Taj Mahal, too, but I think that was one of the best places.
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