Rob appeared fairly sullen and in an introspective mood every now and then to his colleagues. Little did they realise that this behaviour stemmed from the fact that his first marriage anniversary was in the month of March and prior to that he wanted to make his first valentine’s day after marriage very memorable for his wife. But he just couldn’t zero down on something special. At least not till he came across Erco Travels website and hurray in five minutes he found what he wanted to surprise his wife with , something that his months of donning the thinking cap couldn’t even find.
He will take his wife for a week-long Tour to India and will plan a special visit to the famous monument of love-the Taj Mahal.
Once this decision was taken planning the rest was extremely easy for him as he left it all to Erco Travels. He only had to discuss in detail with them about his special requirements and the rest was taken care of. And what a trip that was!
He simply asked his wife to pack her bags and loved the look on her face when she realised that they were boarding a flight to India. After landing in Delhi on 13th they were whisked off to Agra Tour by Erco Travels agent and when he took his wife to Taj Mahal on 14th February both were spell bound by the magnificent sight in front of their eyes.
The Erco Travels agent informed them that Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife-Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their child. So the emperor ensured that Taj Mahal became the finest example of Mughal architect and what he himself aspired for the monument can be best described in Emperor’s own words( translated in English): Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:
Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.
Rob and his wife were amazed to hear that it took almost twelve years for the Emperor to build this main structure of the monument and another ten to build the rest of the area for which he used not less than 1000 elephants to transport building material to the construction site and used labour force of almost 20,000 workers and craftsmen to construct this seventh wonder of world.
Rob spent whole day in the watching the beautiful monument and was surprised to see how popular the place was among foreign tourists. People-both national and international thronged the place in hordes and loved every moment of Tal Mahal Tour. However, what matter the most to him was the fact that this was one visit that he and his wife were sure to remember forever.