This is the photo of my first-ever trip abroad during my childhood! Well, I should rather say my ancestral home in India since that’s where I hail from!
The photo was clicked by my mother who had accompanied me in the day-long sight-seeing tour to Delhi and Agra‘s archaeological sites. I was only a nine-year old back then. We had a sight-seeing day-long bus tour package of the historical sites of Agra Red Fort, Akbar‘s Tombat Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri, in addition to this stunningly beautiful mega-structure named Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, that was the only day we could get out for a day-out in the entire trip of 13-days in India as we were stranded due to the Hindu-Sikh riot that broke loose following the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
As far as I remember, curfew ensued just after this tragic incident and we were practically grounded until we could exhale a sigh of relief once we could get back home safely. India is the neighboring country of ours yet we were unsure how we could get back home to Bangladesh since flights were not available and the situation in India was really very uncertain and unstable at that time.
In the picture with the immaculately built marble structure — Taj Mahal in the backdrop, I was standing on a barren fountain in front of this historic mausoleum. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died soon after she gave birth to their 14th child! The grief-stricken emperor made a promise to his dying wife that he would build a paradise on Earth in her memory.
When I visited the heritage site, I actually was too small to grasp the intensity of the beauty of this colossal structure. With time, I soon realized the significance of this amazing work of art, which also was listed as the UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. When I try to reminisce, I make an effort to recall the memory I have of the Taj, and I try to connect what I read now with what I saw back then! The history, the architecture, and the beauty of the Taj Mahal — everything is utterly fascinating!
Here are some interesting links on the history behind the majestic Taj Mahal and this truly captivating architectural wonder of the Mughal Empire.
YouTube Video Credits: I would like to thank ‘HowStuffWorks‘ channel on the YouTube for uploading as a thorough review by Matt and Rachel about this beauty’s history and architectural wonder.
The ‘Zenhacker‘ and ‘Punjabicom1‘ Video channels on the YouTube also deserves acclaim for the meticulous narration of the beguiling love story behind this enormous mausoleum and the story of the ruthless Mughal rulers of the 17th century Mughal Empire.
Last but not the least, I would also like to thank my best friend and travel mate for my life, Shelly for scanning this picture from the old album that I had left back home. I really appreciate his help in electronically sending this scanned picture to me for this blog!
Finally, with this début post, I am thrilled about the official kick-start of my blog “Umini’s Itchy Feet!” starting from Sun, Jan 25th and I thank the Lord Almighty for this! Please follow my posts! Initially am committed to posting about my interesting travel experiences! See you again, soon!