Elon Musk recently tweeted about his “amazing” trip to Taj Mahal following which his mother also shared pictures from her 1954 trip to Taj Mahal.
Musk, who recently announced his acquisition of Twitter, used the platform on Monday to reminisce about his 2007 trip to India when he saw the Taj Mahal. The millionaire entrepreneur gushed about the 17th-century mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, which he described as a “wonder of the world,” a reference to the Taj Mahal’s standing as one of the world’s seven man-made wonders.
In honour of his late queen Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it in 1652. It is said that the spectacular structure took 22 years to complete.
The SpaceX CEO was reacting to a tweet from the handle ‘History Defined,’ which tweets facts of history and photographs regularly. Their most recent post had to do with the Agra fort’s magnificent carved frescoes that grace the walls, minarets, and entrances. “It is amazing,” Musk replied in response to the tweet. “In 2007, I visited and saw the Taj Mahal, which is truly a world wonder,” he said.
The tweet, like most Musk tweets, went viral, prompting speculation as to whether Musk is planning a trip to India. Several others pushed the entrepreneur to visit India, while others thought that the tweet might indicate that a trip is already planned.
In 1954, your grandparents flew to the Taj Mahal from South Africa, on their way to Australia. The only people to ever do this trip in a single-engine propeller plane, without a radio or GPS. Their motto “Live dangerously…. carefully.” https://t.co/JG4WQ7TbjF pic.twitter.com/YoOJP3HtSp
— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) May 9, 2022
Maye Musk, Elon Musk’s mother, also told a fascinating story about the billionaire’s grandparents, who visited the Taj Mahal on their trip to Australia from South Africa in 1954. Elon Musk’s grandparents, Joshua and Wyn Haldeman, were the only individuals to make the journey in a single-engine propeller plane without a radio or GPS, according to Maye Musk.
Maye posted on Twitter after the world’s wealthiest man declared his admiration for Indian architecture.
“In 1954, your grandparents flew from South Africa to the Taj Mahal on their way to Australia,” his mother, a model and dietician, stated.
She also uploaded photos of her parents, including one of her mother, Wyn, posing in front of the Taj Mahal. Joshua Musk, Elon Musk’s grandfather, can be seen standing in front of a single-engine propeller plane in another undated image.
Communal Turn on Musk’s Taj Mahal Post
The tweet also sparked interest in Indian architecture. Many, on the other hand, responded by giving the tweets a communal tone by blaming Mughals of being invaders, urging Musk to instead tour lesser-known Indian shrines and structures. However, the post was swamped with praise for The Taj Mahal, which remains a famous tourist attraction for international visitors.