The Story of Love and the Taj Mahal

I imagine the young mother in the photo below telling
 the story of the Taj Mahal to her daughter....

"Four hundred years ago, in 1612, a young Muhghal Emperor Shah fell in love 
with a beautiful Muslim Persian Princess. Their names were 
Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan.
They spent many happy years together, sharing in the birth of 14 children.
With Mumtaz Mahal's last child, she passed away to 'Paradise'. 
Shah Jahan was very sad, he loved Mumtaz so much that he wanted to ensure 
her memory would never fade. 
With precious white marble from India and Asia, 22, 000 labourers and 
1000 elephants the Taj Mahal took shape. The Emperor Shah spent the rest 
of his days in a room, looking out to the Taj Mahal, thinking of his Mumtaz Mahal. 

The story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal's and their symbol of love, has been
passed from mothers to daughters throughout India for nearly 400 years.
In the name of  love. "

 Mr. H and I are in agreement, it was so much more than we expected. 
An absolutely breathtaking sight.
 So many photos yet so hard to really convey the beauty.
A wider camera lens may have helped!

 No matter, we all looked up in awe...just as Shah Jahan would have wanted.

Best wishes for a wonderful week!
Signing off with a quick hello
from Agra, India.



  1. Gorgeous!! Gorgeous!! Trip of a lifetime...

  2. That is a breath-taking place. And such a beautiful love story.

  3. Beautiful Jeanne....So glad you are enjoying your trip....What a magical place.....xv

  4. What a beautiful testament of love.
    The colour of the Taj Mahal against the sky and those wonderful sari's it's so exotic.
    You must be having the trip of a lifetime Jeanne.
    Looking forward to more images as you travel and see the sights.

  5. What a breathtaking place. A beautiful love story.

    I always remember that very unhappy image of Princess Diana sitting in front of the Taj Mahal, I think the Shah would have felt very sorry for her.

  6. Just incredible...very, very impressive, Jeanne! I can imagine how you felt at first sight.

    Have a nice trip,
    Beate XXX

  7. Lovely!!! I know the story well but have never seen the Taj in person...thanks for these lacy the picture of the ladies in brilliant colors...

  8. The first picture is magnificent!

  9. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time ... with lots of beautiful memories. I can only imagine how breathtaking the Taj Mahal is. India is definitely a place I would like to visit one day.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip and happy anniversary!

  10. Dear Jeanne! This is so extremely beautiful that I got toutched. Both the story and the pictures. Wonderful
    Grethe aka Thyra `)

  11. The Taj Mahal is something on my list and I have not made it there . . .yet. I am enjoying your travel series.


  12. So close, you are, dear Jeanne. I live in the South and you are in the North. Of course, Hyderabad is in the South but far from where I am. I am glad you came to India.

    You will be in my thoughts.

    I would be happy to speak to you. Could you inbox your India number via FB?

    Joy always,

  13. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing this Jeanne! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  14. Oh I am so excited! I was so hoping that you were going to visit here. It looks breathtaking! And the beautiful colors af the sarai's looks so pretty too!

    I hope you are having fun and enjoying your anniversary!

    Take care, Elizabeth

  15. So inspired and lovely!! I do prints, canvas, greeting cards and posters about fashion, you´r invited to see my work :)

    By the way love your blog and follow you!! :)

  16. You are absolutely right, words fail to describe the beauty. I was in Agra ten years ago. I remember my time there vividly.

  17. Jeanne, thank you for including us as you travel through India - those beautiful women in the stunning saris took my breath away. I hope you get some saris- I would love to see you wear one in a picture. I had a sari from Sri Lanka in purple silk which I wore many times when I lived in Australia.

    Have a wonderful time and enjoy this trip

  18. Gorgeous images, now I feel I've been close enough to the Taj Mahal to touch it! I had no idea the surface looked so intricate and lace-like.

  19. Really, That is a breath-taking place. i have planned to go for a visit.

  20. I just love the little trip you took us all along on, Jeanne. The Taj Mahal is indeed glorious and grand!


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