“I would rather own a little and see the world, than own the world and see a little of it.”
This was the first of the many trips with my office colleague cum travel partner. Planning for the trip began. The exploration of weekend getaways from Delhi was yet to begin. The wish of visiting the place which hosts one of the Seven Wonders of the World came true.
The journey began on the early morning of 21st August’16. It was a one day trip with an itinerary of visiting the Krishna Janmabhoomi, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. At morning 7, we were en route Mathura via the Yamuna Expressway. The smooth highways with a distant view of the Buddh International Circuit made me appreciate the developed roadways of our nation. In about 3 hours we reached the hotel Brajwasi Inn to have breakfast. And then we began towards our first stop i.e. Krishna Janmabhoomi. We were instructed by the guide to keep our mobile phones and cameras in the bus itself as they are strictly prohibited inside the premises. The pious atmosphere and glimpse of the much-revered past were the perfect beginning to the day. After the darshan, we assembled near the exit point. There were shops lined up with the famous sweet dishes of Mathura i.e. rabdi, peda ,lassi etc. I am someone who doesn’t have much inclination towards these culinary items. But then my friend just made me taste a spoon of the much famous rabdi of Mathura. And trust me from that day onwards it is one of those sweet dishes that are there on the top of my list of desserts.
Then began our journey to the city of Agra. It took an hour from Mathura. We reached the Agra Fort. The astoundingly huge fort will make anyone appreciate the strength of the military and the concern of the emperors of that time for protecting their citizens. I stood for a while inside the fort marvelling the beauty and the scale. As we proceeded inside, we could see the Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khaas etc.
The whole Agra Fort got covered in an hour and then we proceeded towards having lunch. After lunch, we were taken to a place where we were shown how the marbles are coloured and placed/fixed on another marble which is something the Taj Mahal abundantly has. There I bought a miniature Taj Mahal.
The last destination of the trip was waiting. We reached the Taj in another 15-20 minutes. We initially panicked by looking at the long queue for tickets. Fortunately, the guide helped us in taking another route to the Taj. So we entered from the Southern Gate.
Wearing shoe covers, we started discovering the beauty. A glimpse of the Taj will actually make one substantiate it as being designated as one of the wonders of the world. It is an example of the incredible creativity of unnamed artisans.
The tour of the Taj ended in around 2 hours and we were back to start our return journey. During the return journey, I just kept appreciating the efforts and the talent of the artisans who were behind creating such wonders. History does make us feel proud because of the legacy of our ancestors.