Agra, and namely Tadj Mahal is the most cultic and popular monument in the whole India, the place of obligatory touristic visiting. Tadj Mahal is not a temple but a mausoleum - one of Seven Marvels of the World. There was a ruler in the 17-th century named Shah Djahan with his beautiful wife Mumtaz. He loved her very much, but she died when she gave birth to their 14-th child. Mad of grief, the shah decided to immortalize the memory about her by erecting the most wondrous mausoleum on earth, which nowadays is considered to be the most beautiful building in the world. It took 22 years on mausoleum constructing especially of white marble, multicoloured stones and delicate carving. They say that semi-precious stones were brought from the Ural.
Nowadays Tadj Mahal is the visiting card of India attracting thousands of visitors every day. All the territory of Tadj Mahal is quite large, there is a whole complex with additional temples, paths, fountains and there are some kind of hollows, where tourists through various coins for good luck. Local boys try to take out the coins where the hollows are not so deep and narrow. Yet an emanation of positive energy wraps the Tadj Mahal and people hope to become happier. Splendid, with perfect shapes, Tadj Mahal amazes with its details - fine carving, colourful stones, it is so clear and vivid. It's better to visit this remarkable mausoleum early in the morning, when there is less people there and Tadj Mahal itself looks quite divinely in the dawn's rays. After Tadj Mahal we visited Agra Fort and Akbar Emperor Mausoleum, where dozens of handy monkeys were walking by. On the way back I entered the Vrindavan and Maturu cities.
There is no difference between them, being situated next to each other. Vrindavan is the city where Krishna was born. It is called the city of Five Thousand Temples - the holy city. It is not necessary that Indian temples were big and large. A lot of them look like little pandals. We entered the main temple of Vrindavan, which was guarded by soldiers with guns. This is the gathering place of all the Krishna-pilgrims from all over the world. The foudroyant and mystical singing, roaring and howling of the pilgrims sitting on the floor, bells ringing, trumpets drumming all this resembled the coven. A little bit sinister atmosphere.
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