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“Amazing, beautiful,wonderful!” 5 of 5 stars
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Taj Mahal
Agra, India
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Owner description: Renowned for its spectacular architecture and aesthetic beauty, the Taj Mahal is also a symbol of enduring love, built by Shah Jehan to house the grave of his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal, who died following the birth of their 14th child.
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“Amazing, beautiful,wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

One of my main reasons for coming to India to see this marvelous spot! Getting up at the crack of dawn, reaching the outside gates prior to sunrise. Crowds minimal today even for a Sunday.

On the main grounds Taj Mahal directly in front of the you with the reflecting pool, postcard perfect! A must see while in India! I can't really add anymore than what others have said, but pictures don't do this place any justice. Admission 750INR for visitors,10 INR for locals.

Visited March 2014
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“As special as I had hoped”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The Taj Majal was a must see for my first trip to India. It was every bit as magical as I had hoped. We were very happy to go at sunrise to avoid the crowds and heat.

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“Stunning iconic building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

The Taj is as good as all the guide books say. The main building is set in extensive gardens. Even the entrance gates are impressive on their own. We went at sunrise in the main gardens and then for sunset on the other side of the river. The sunset views of the Taj were stunning, the marble changing colour with the sunset.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful any time of the day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We visited at 6 am – up at 5 am to get there in time for sunrise. Colors in the early morning are gentle shades of pink and lavender that help create a soft, misty rosy glow on the white marble. I’ve seen the Taj by moonlight too, but I think early morning is the best time of day.

As with other grand monuments in India, you don't just walk up and immediately see the Taj. Entry is through a magnificent gateway, a great photo opportunity in itself. You’ll walk through this separate sandstone and white marble gateway and once you pass through, you’ll be met with your first view of the magnificent Taj Mahal. No matter what you've read or pictures you've seen, the impact is stunning.

The love story about Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal is compelling. I recommend purchasing a book to learn the history of the Taj. Or, hire a guide to get the whole story. It’s worth it!

In some historical accounts, it is written that Shah Jahan also contemplated building a duplicate monument in black marble across the Yamuna River from the Taj, with black and white marble bridges connecting the two. Mind-boggling!

Although precious stones were pried from the marble walls long ago, there remain exquisite semi-precious inlays of jade, carnelian, amber, jasper and amethyst. Take lots of close-up pix – much of the beauty is in the details. Lots of stone carving and marble lacework. The grounds and long reflection pond leading from the gate to the Taj have been well-maintained.

There are duplicate sandstone buildings on the same level on either side of the Taj. One was used for meetings and the other as lodging for visiting dignitaries. They add to the elegant overall setting. You will need to either remove your shoes or wear disposable shoe covers. On a hot day, marble’s not too hot to walk on, but sandstone can really singe the feet.

Visited September 2013
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“An excellent visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

As with anything in india-expect the venue to be crowded and not to be able to get a picture without a heap of people in it. There is a queue for the Princess Diana chair. Would recommend you book a guide as they will get you through the gate quicker and will also give you a lot of information about the site. Toilet paper can be purchased! Its an icon. Of course you have to go there.

Visited July 2013
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