Agra: The architectural grandeur of 17th century Taj Mahal and the story of its building by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan left US President Donald Trump “impressed” throughout his go to to the famed mausoleum on Monday, in line with the information who accompanied him.
Nitin Kumar, an Agra-based information, mentioned the primary phrase the president mentioned after laying his eyes on the marble marvel was “incredible”.
He and First Woman Melania Trump visited the enduring Taj Mahal in Agra, the second cease on his little lower than 36-hour-long journey of India, and marvelled on the Mughal-era mausoleum constructed as a monument of affection.
After Dwight David Eisenhower (1959) and Invoice Clinton (2000), he grew to become the third US president to go to the architectural icon.
“I told them the story of the Taj Mahal, the construction, and the story behind it. President Trump got very emotional after knowing the story of Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. How he was kept under house arrest by his own son Aurangzeb, and buried here at Taj, next to Mumtaz’s grave, after his death,” Kumar informed reporters.
The couple was left speechless on the primary sight of the monument, and confirmed curiosity after they had been informed in regards to the historical past and structure of the dome, and the design particulars, Kumar mentioned.
“Melania Trump asked about the mud-pack treatment and was amazed when she got to know the details of the process,” he mentioned.
Probably the most photographed websites on the planet, it’s all the time excessive on the itinerary of head of states visiting India.
The monument was constructed over a interval of almost 20 years by Shah Jahan in reminiscence of his spouse after her loss of life in 1631.
“The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian Culture!’ Thank You, India,” the US President and First Woman collectively wrote within the guests’ ebook earlier than signing it.
In accordance with Mohammed Zafar, who lives near Taj Mahal complicated, Nitin has been conducting guided excursions for a few years. “He was selected for this VVIP visit,” he mentioned.
“Many people were taking selfies with him, after the end of the visit. So, many media persons interacted with him. He has got some instant fame of sorts,” Zafar mentioned.
Authorities at Archaeological Survey of India had “advanced the dates” for mud-pack remedy for the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal at Taj Mahal in view of the US President Trump’s go to to Taj, a senior official had earlier mentioned.
The architectural marvel inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Website in 1983 is fabricated from white Makrana marble and purple sandstones, and famend for its intricate inlay work on the stone floor.