I obviously had never seen the Taj Mahal up close until now. It always just looked white to me and that is all I knew, but it has the most beautiful color designs on it like these marble pieces you see here. It is seriously beautiful and so complex to make.
I think almost everyone in our group bought something at this place. It was a little expensive, but where else are you going to get hand crafted marble works of art? Plus... if you got this same thing in the US, the price would be tripled. I bought this beautiful box. I also decided I wanted an elephant, since we were going to be riding one on our trip, they also told me that the elephant means good luck.
When the tour guide (VK) saw that I bought an elephant, he said its good luck, BUT what was even better luck is the Ganesh, which is part elephant part man. This is the God of good luck. He said he has 6 of them and ever since he bought them he has had lots of good luck. He told me I should get one (not necessarily in marble... anything will do. So I bought a small wood one, cause lets be honest, I could use all the good luck I can get. :o) I loved this one in the marble shop though. It was just way too expensive for me. And I have no idea where I would put that thing anyway.
Anyway... it was beautiful to see, I'm happy now that I have some of my own and knowing how it is done made me appreciate the Taj Mahal and its magnificent beauty that much more. No wonder it is one of the Wonders of the World.