When we started planning our trip to India and found out that we would have a weekend in Delhi, we started discussing what type of “cultural” activity we wanted to do on our day off. As first time travelers to India, there was really only one option. Since we were, approximately, a three hour drive from the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, how could we not plan to visit?
The Taj Mahal was all that it was built up to be. The complex took 20,000 craftsmen 22 years to complete and was finished in 1653. The walls are composed of marble, sandstone and inlays of yellow marble, jasper and jade which was polished and leveled to the surface of the walls. The inlays are very intricate and detailed. It is hard to imagine how the stones were cut, polished, arranged and affixed using technology and tools of the period. The craftsmanship rivals anything that I have seen before.