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Virtual Vacations Around The World: Taj Mahal

May 1, 2020

Physical traveling may be off the table for a while, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a virtual adventure! While we may be stuck at home (for a very good reason!), we can still vacation to faraway places right from our living room couch. From national parks to historic sites to museums, satellites and virtual reality technology have made it possible for people to virtually travel all over the world. Heck, if we really wanted to, we could even visit the International Space Station and take a peek at what Earth looks like from outer space! How awesome is that, right? While many landmarks around the world are closed to visitors, virtual tours of these places are open 24/7. So sit back and relax while we take you on a trip to see some of the most amazing landmarks in the world. Bonus with virtual traveling? No packing, no airport security lines, and there’s no possible way you’ll lose your luggage!

Last week, we took a trip to Stonehenge. This week?

India: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

When poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning began her famous sonnet with “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” and ended with “I shall but love thee better after death,” perhaps she was referring to the Taj Mahal! We know, we know, that might be a stretch, but the Taj Mahal was built in memory of a loved one. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan began construction of the Taj Mahal in 1632 AD in memory of one of his favorite wives, Mumtaz Mahal. The grand building included a mausoleum, a guest house, and a gateway that were completed in 1648 AD, but an outer courtyard and its cloisters were added later. The grandeur of the Taj Mahal awes millions of people who visit every year. Today, it is known as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.”

Ready for a visit? Go here.

Interesting Fact: In 2000, a campaign was launched to choose seven new “Wonders of the World” because the only structure that remains standing from the original list are the Pyramids of Giza. Over 100 million people cast their votes, and in 2007, the new list was announced. In addition to the Taj Mahal, these six structures also made the list: The Great Wall of China, the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, and the Colosseum in Italy.