Saa'i Travel Chronicles; India

Travelling is always so refreshing.

Earlier this year Saa'i Timepieces hit India and our soul was nurtured, refreshed and revived by the beauty that we came across. India is known for so many things, the exotic spices, the colourful festivals and the gorgeous clothes.

One of the best aspects of India however, is its stunning architecture. I know we’ve talked about architecture before, but we are obsessed with geometry as shown by our watches so do you expect any less of us?

Obviously, we had to visit the Taj Mahal, which is known to be one of the best examples of Mughal architecture in the world. This stunning mausoleum is in Agra and definitely worth a visit if you do travel to India.

The story goes that Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor commissioned the building so that he could place the tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The love that Shah Jahan was rumoured to have for Mumtaz is a thing of fairy tales. It is told that he was inconsolable after her passing, completely entrenched in grief. So even in death, he gave her a gift, he built her a paradise to hold her until she reached the real one. Romantic right?

Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.
— Sir Edwin Arnold

The history behind this building is just made better by the incredible design and architecture.

Bilateral symmetry and geometry were used in designing and constructing the magnificent building, it is evident in every aspect of the Taj Mahal. These concepts were incorporated to represent unity, pairing and harmony. The asymmetrical dome rests onto of the vast structure. White marble runs throughout the premises as an example of the quality of materials were used to create an unworldly appearance.

The thing that gets me though, is that this place is breathtaking, honestly, it is out of this world. But underneath it lies bodies, just like you and I. It is proof that all the money in the world cannot put off time. We are all here on limited time and sooner or later it’s going to run out. It’s something that we so often forget. But visiting the Taj Mahal and just taking in that it is a mausoleum, looking at the Quranic inscriptions everywhere, really reminds you of this.

At Saa’i we are passionate about using geometry, lines and minimalism to create something that makes you think. We appreciate this gift of time that we are all given and visiting the Taj Mahal really brought us back down to our roots and allowed us to look at the bigger picture.

Have any of you visited India? Where did you go & what did you like best? Hit us up in the comments section or tweet us at @saai_timepieces