6:15 am. The stillness in the mausoleum is barely disturbed by the methodical brush strokes of a lone sweeper. Strategically-placed air vents allow the wind to blow through the room. An iron chain strung from the ceiling 240 feet above holds a single light bulb that barely illuminates the 400-year-old chamber. Semi-precious gemstones inlaid into small flowers adorn the vast white marble walls, and a mosaic of Arabic lettering runs from floor to ceiling, set into perfect perspective.
In the hush of serenity, our private guide suddenly hums an extended “Ohm.” This sacred sound vibrates and lingers in the air for several seconds, and is carried off by the wind. Then silence.
6:23 am. Several other tourists finally enter the Taj Mahal after visiting the famous Diana bench and strolling through the gardens. Thus begins the trickle that will become a stream, and then a river, of tourists who will visit this famous architectural masterpiece and Wonder of the World on this day.
Time. Eight minutes isn’t a great deal of time in and of itself. However, eight minutes spent alone with my family in one of the most famous places in the world feels like a stolen treasure. None of the 40,000 other tourists who will visit the Taj this day will be privy to the singular experience we had. They won’t hear the wind blowing through the chamber, and they won’t be able to pause to study the intricate gem-laden mosaics – not with hundreds of other people surrounding them. They won’t have the experience of being alone with history.
Memories. Our family’s visit to the Taj is permanently etched into my memory and ranks as one of my top travel experiences ever. This is all thanks to our incredible private guide, Aakash. He made all the difference in how we experienced our visit to a place that millions of people around the world go to. Preparedness. Experience. Access. Unlocking a world of unforgettable memories. These are the keys Aakash possessed that allowed him to elevate our experience from “the usual” to incredible!
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