A brand new Taj, it’s no mirage!

December 14, 2008

Blog Guy, I need your travel advice. I’m planning a trip to the Taj Mahal.

Sure. Which one?

Excuse me?

Well, there’s the old one in India, and then there’s a brand new $60 million replica in Bangladesh. It’s about 800 miles from the old, worn-out one.

I thought there was just the one. Which do you recommend?

I’ve only personally seen the India one. But it’s 400 years old, so I have to assume this new one is better. You know, probably has digital special effects, better snacks and restrooms…

You seem like a real idiot! Would you rather go to a NEW Great Wall of China, too?

Sure! The new one, in Minnesota, is awesome! The Saint Paul Wall! Now, can I interest you in the new Stonehenge, in Tampa?

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Above: Taj Mahal in Agra, India. REUTERS/ Philippe Wojazer/Pool

Below: New replica of Taj Mahal near Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 11, 2008. The replica recently opened to the public. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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If that’s supposed to be a replica, it’s way off. Objects are arranged the same, but the Bangladesh version is clunky! Looks like a bunch of spools stacked together. Did the architect ever see the real Taj?

Posted by 1st Mate | Report as abusive

By the same token, would you rather visit a modern and complete Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon_  (Nashville)) or the old run-down thing in Athens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon) which doesn’t even have any statuary inside or even the friezes outside?

Posted by Jim Scarborough | Report as abusive

Jim, obviously the one in Nashville would be better. In fairness though, it rarely friezes outside in Athens, even in the winter.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I have never seen Taj Mahal in India. But I have seen in Dhaka recently.They shouldn’t have opened a construction site with all the sign of poor workman ship.It will be interesting to see who are the architects and builders as I will not trust them to build my house for sure.
So far it looks like a scam to make money.

Posted by Jamil Ahmed | Report as abusive

Whoever made this new taj is making a mockery of themself. The Real Ta is a symbol of LOVE and its great workmanship. Just imagine a monument built of this magnitude 400 years ago. If you haven’t seen it, please go.

Posted by Saroj | Report as abusive

that replica looks like crap. too stout.

Posted by Toki | Report as abusive

A shocking lack of imagination really!

Posted by Donald Sanver | Report as abusive

hilarious, it looks terrible – im totally going to see the new one.

Posted by Phil | Report as abusive

Wait, wait… Did all y’all see that frieze joke that Bob made a few lines up? That’s some funnya– s—, yo!

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

just recently i have visited the new Taj. I got an impression that the Bangladeshi filmmaker made it for a commercial purpose. He is biuldng a ammusement park and the fake Taj is its part. The construction has not yet been completed, yet he made it open for public to exploit the Eid holiday and he succeded in his plan. The second day it was opened for public,nearly 13,000 people visited the place and each of them paid Taka 50. It means that day he earned Taka 6,50,000 ($9,300). What else one can expect from under-constructed site?

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There is also another Taj Mahal, here in Accrington (UK). It has always served excellent curries.

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