Big Trip again!
When we left you last, we were in Mongolia. The Zoomlians have been kidding me that we haven't moved on because I love Mongolia. In reality. life was too crazy- fortunately, in an imaginary trip, you can easily take a break!
So we are visiting northern India, mostly Delhi and Agra. We've been eating lots of Indian food! And, of course, touring the Taj Mahal. Hence last week's Poem of the Week.
Did you know that there was a persistent legend that Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal) had built a second Taj Mahal in black stone for his own grave?
Perfectionist doesn't begin to cover it!
Archeologists have recently uncovered the "Black Taj Mahal!" But it's not a building. It's an octagonal reflecting pool (built of black marble) in the ruined gardens across the river from the actual Taj Mahal. These were the gardens which Shah Jahan used to visit his wife's grave, and he could see both the white splendor of the actual building and it's ghostly dark reflection.
But what did Shah Jahan intend for his own grave? We don't know - he never designed or built another tomb.