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Taj Mahal, Agra

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Taj Mahal

There's not really much I can say about the Taj Mahal that hasn't already been said before. Yes it is stunning and yes it is an absolute MUST on any trip to India.

The only advice I can give you is that if you get a Combined Ticket for all of Agra sights be warned that it is only valid for one day! You do however get a free bottle of water and shoe covers at the Taj Mahal.

It goes without saying that sunrise and sunset are pretty spectacular times to visit but they are also the busiest. [more ]

Taj Mahal

The most beautiful place in India is undoubtedly Taj Mahal. It is also the most romantic place. Recently voted as one of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is actually a tomb for the Mughal Queen Mumtaz-i-Mahal. It's a huge and beautiful monument, built by her husband the Emperor Shah Jahan. The history of the Taj is very interesting and romantic.

Many poetic illustrations have often been made around the Taj Mahal at moonlit nights. However, the thought of spending a night at Taj Mahal is merely a dream. This is because the monument is closed for public viewing at night and Taj Mahal night tour is not allowed. The great pianist Yanni once played at the Taj Mahal in the night!

The gardens outside are also incredibly beautiful.

Agra is pretty hot, so be careful you don't get a heatstroke when you visit the Taj!

Often, tour guides in this area may try to con you as well. So beware. [more ]

A different look at beauty

The Taj Mahal is a wonder of the world for a reason. I have never seen such beauty. In the afternoon the white marble glows. But at sunset its like a rainbow. First from gold, then to red, then to blue. There is nothing more beautiful then to watch the Taj Mahals colors change.
The ticket price is 750Ruppes so you will most likely only go inside the complex itself once. On your 2nd day I reccomend following the road that goes along the East side of the complex. The road goes all the way down to the river. From there you can take a boat (50 Ruppes return) to get another, just as impressive, view of the building.
Be sure to get there early as there are many people and not so many boats [more ]

Timeless romantic marble

One would think enough has been written and said about the Taj Mahal, and with good reason. Agra by itself is the exact opposite of what one would expect from a place that is home to a supposed wonder of the world. Like the rest of the city, the roads that lead to TM are crowded, noisy, dirty and thriving on tourism. Non-Indians have to pay a heavy entry fee.
Is the TM everything they say it is? It does cut a romantic figure, standing by the river, architecturally elaborate and defying time. Feeling the grooves in the walls, I could imagine what it must have looked like when still studded with precious stones. Personally, it would be perfect if I could catch it on a moonlit night with nobody else in sight. [more ]

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