Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Taj Mahal, India

Nothing we saw on our trip to India was more grand than the grandest site of all — the Taj Mahal!

Perhaps it was the anticipation as people funneled themselves through the opening in anticipation of that first view that could only be seen on tiptoe.

crowds at Taj Mahal

Or perhaps it was not the massive structure that was so grand as it was the sum of its tiniest parts, the details that made us all wonder how this was conceived, built, and perfected.

Detail from Taj Mahal

Relief from Taj Mahal

Whatever it was and whatever it is, the grandness of the Taj draws thousands of people per day from all over the world to see it for themselves.

Finally making it through the entrance to take first pictures of the Taj Mahal!

Finally making it through the entrance to take first pictures of the Taj Mahal!

After all, it’s simply grand!

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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28 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

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  2. parth893 says:

    one of the 7 wonder , Shah Jahan built it for Mumtaz 🙂 wonderful photos .

  3. This is definitely a beautiful place to go and visit! Great photos!

  4. Such beautiful photos Rusha – and the perfect topic for “grand”! I love the inlaid stone work that adorns the Taj. When we were there we bought a small marble top that has similar inlaid stones, and since James is a geologist, they wrote a list of all the types of stones that they used. Even after all of our downsizing, we still have that little marble top. ~Terri

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Would love to have a souvenir like that! The detail in that building is something to behold, even if I have no idea what it says or means. I know beauty when I see it, though!

  5. annetbell says:

    great photos! It is breath taking isn’t it?

  6. Beautiful. I never thought of it as being crowded. Silly me. If I’d love to see it, why not others! 🙂

  7. I couldn’t believe when you said it had thousands of visitors everyday. Sometimes it is so hard to imagine what goes on in other countries. Gorgeous photos

    • Rusha Sams says:

      I don’t have any statistics, but I think the guide told us there could be 30,000 most days. It was packed everywhere and difficult to get pictures. But still, what a great experience!

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  9. ramachandra says:

    The Grand Taj Mahal is thus one of the 7 wonders of the world. Nice click and exact to the topic
    “The Grand”.

  10. Gaurab says:

    Definitely there can’t be a better entry than this, beautiful captures 🙂

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  12. Amy says:

    Grand indeed! Love the choice, Rusha.

  13. Rajiv says:

    The Taj is fantastic. I have seen it more than 50 times, and the magic never fades

  14. kz says:

    one of the grandest structures in the world! 🙂

  15. What a great choice for Grand!

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