TGIF! Today we’re going to India, it has been a travel destination of mine since the first time I looked through one of those View Master toys and saw a picture of the Taj Mahal on the 7 Wonders of the World reel. I remember thinking how beautiful it was and how romantic the stories. Yup, even when I was a little girl, I was a romantic at heart.
As I got older and learned more about how large and diverse India was and it added to my desire to travel there. It’s a huge country, and there are several different languages spoken. I’ve learned from friends, that even other Indians don’t speak all the languages so they sometimes converse in English.
The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631. Her death left him so heartbroken it’s said that his hair turned grey almost overnight. Construction on the amazing structure began the following year and wasn’t completed until 1653.
Besides the glorious Taj there are a multitude places of beauty and significance. There are many Temples that are both historic and contemporary sacred architecture. These temples draw inspiration from a variety of religious denominations. Many Hindu temples across the south are important places of pilgrimage.
If you’re into the metaphysical you can take a Yoga and Meditation trip. Begun in India hundreds of years before it became popular worldwide, it helps center your soul and find your balance. There are all kinds of tours that are offered which will leave you feeling refreshed and more in sync with your body.
Besides all there is to see you can’t forget the flavors. Food is as varied as the terrain and as wonderful. Whether you like sweets, or hot you’ll find it all. From drinking coconut water from a coconut as you’re walking through the streets, or sitting down to an elaborate meal. Just thinking about the lovely curries has my mouth watering for a taste.
I hope you enjoy our Bucket List Friday’s and today’s trip to India. I’d love to hear from y’all with some of your bucket list destinations. Next week we’re off to Australia – another far away place filled with wonder.