People travel for many reasons, some travel to soak in the different cultures of people across the world while some travel to marvel at the wonders of nature. Some travel to see the wonders of Man’s creations and some travel for the sheer joy of traveling. We travel for all of these reasons and also for those special moments which may inspire sheer awe or wonder, moments when you realize the simple truths, moments when we realize both the frailty and invincibility of Man. Here we write about a few of such special moments which remain etched in our memories forever and whenever we think about those moments, just one word escapes from our lips, WOW.
WOW Travel Moments
TAJ MAHAL- Love at First Sight
We crossed one of the four gates that open on to the 55.5 acres complex that houses the Taj Mahal, its gardens, and other subsidiary monuments; we noticed a strange feeling of anticipation within us as we excitedly made our way towards our rendezvous with the monument which the world looks at as an ode in marble to love.
The adrenalin rushed through our veins and we felt as excited as a lover meeting his or her beloved after a heartbreaking separation.
And then we held our collective breath, our excited chatter stopping suddenly as we experienced the first sight of the Taj Mahal. There she stood majestically in virginal white, silhouetted against a clear blue sky, in harmony with her surroundings, yet standing out proudly as a monument of Love, speaking volumes without saying a word.
The Taj Mahal looked more beautiful than we had ever imagined, none of the photographs that we had ever seen actually did justice to her.
We fell head over heels in love, love at first sight and this time with a marble monument called Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is not only considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, it is also one of the seven wonders of India. For more details, you may visit the official site of Taj Mahal.
Sistine Chapel- A Humbling experience
One bright, sunny morning found us at the entrance to the Vatican making our way through the different tapestries, sculptures, paintings and other works of art in the Vatican Museums. We marveled at the skill and artistry of the artists but at the back of our minds were thinking about the ‘piece de resistance’; The Sistine Chapel!
Soon we were inside the hallowed Chapel. There was an awed hush as people gazed in wonder at what the genius of Man had brought to life on the ceiling of the Chapel. We looked and looked, our eyes simply not getting enough of what they saw, wanting to freeze frame those beautiful moments for eternity. It was indeed a soul stirring and humbling experience, our hair stood on end and tears flowed from our eyes as we marveled at the divine work done by Michael Angelo. We wondered what would have gone through the mind of Michael Angelo. What was his inspiration? What was his motivation?
We returned from the Sistine Chapel with the feeling of having been in the presence of a divine being, such was the effect of Michael Angelo’s masterpiece.
We did get some answers to our questions from this 1965 film, The Agony and the Ecstacy.
We will be back soon with more such wow moments. Do share with us your Wow moments!