Not many people couldn’t tell you what country houses the Taj Mahal. An iconic national symbol, the Taj Mahal sees millions of visitors each year.
But if the incredible Mughal architecture or outrageously elaborate statement of love wasn’t enough to make you want to visit India and see the Taj Mahal, what else could be? Oh, that’s right – ‘that photo’.
As is done with other monumental sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, tourists feel almost obligated to take ‘that photograph’.
To be fair, ‘that photograph’ doesn’t always have to be the cliché tourist shot, it could also be that photo that makes it look like you were the only person there, the wisest of travelers that knows how to beat the crowds whilst the rest of those suckers rough it altogether.
There are even blogs dedicated to tips for how to get ‘that photograph’. That one photo you’ve already worked out a killer Facebook caption for, or the perfect Instagram filter.
Whether or not the Taj Mahal remains appreciated for its true beauty, or serves more as a photo opportunity for some, its value as a national symbol of India is not in question. So recognisable even outside of India, that if you walked down the street in Brisbane, saw a restaurant called ‘Taj Mahal‘, you would not have to think about what cuisine could possibly be on the other side of the door.
It is these strong associations which have allowed the symbolic value of the Taj Mahal to persist through time and space. Whilst its true value may no longer be as appreciated as once before, never will a time come when this beautiful building does not encapsulate everything that is chaotically alluring about India and her culture.