Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, Agra

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Footloose
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No words can do justice to describe its grandeur and beauty. Reached early morning and in the light of the rising sun shining on the white marble enhanced its beauty. The approach steps from the sides of the monument is way too much, so is the extra ticket to get to the tomb and adjoining parapets. The gardens with trees and fountains provide the perfect surroundings. Little monkeys playing around was a added bonus.
Written August 15, 2022
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Kitty B
Morley, UK292 contributions
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We visited the Taj Mahal in Monsoon season, so there were a handful of western travellers there. This made the queues non-existent, and we managed to walk around the whole area with no problem or waiting.

It is a truly beautiful place to visit, and the story of why it was built melts your heart. The building is cleaned regularly, so was looking amazing when we visited.

The one thing I found very hard in India, was the locals constantly wanting to take my photograph or have a selfie with me. It is completely harmless, but as an introvert I found that very difficult.

 

You are not allowed to take photos of the inside building, which was fine, but you are ushered around quickly, and the security guards were so focused on us, they completely ignored the local tourist who were taking tons of selfies and photo’s. It felt a bit like double standards to me.

100% worth a visit if you are in the are of Agra, Rajasthan.

*Note the price is usually more expensive for foreigners

Written June 23, 2022
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Cuong Lam Photography
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
I studied the history of architecture at university some time ago. Taj Mahal was one in the bucket list. Finally, I got to see it in its present form. It's well maintained and thank goodness for that. The craftsmanship of this building is perfect! Unfortunate there are not many craftsmen of this calibre left in the world. This beautiful master piece is best enjoyed at sunset or sunrise. Sunrise is best as there are not many other people to spoil your picture.... Keeping in mind any tripod of any description is prohibited, nor are food of any type, no snack pack, no candies, no commercially packaging food. selfish individuals littering in the past has created this rule. I think it is wonderful rule! You may bring in your water bottle only. While you're there you might as well go visit Agra fort, it is a historical fort in the city of Agra. Having a tour guide is a must so you're not walking around aimlessly. Unfortunately, self-guiding using headphones is not available. I highly recommend Ravi Singh, his English is very easy to understand and he can also speak French! Contact him on ravi.tajmahalagra@gmail.com or +91 99274 65399.
Written July 24, 2022
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Anand R
London, UK109 contributions
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A short trip to India in summer & the dilemma of whether to drag oneself to Agra in the heat to visit Taj - all melted away at the first glimpse of the monument. A place which I had visited umpteen times as a child never disappoints & blows you away by it’s symmetry, its beauty, its story. This was a visit with kids after 23 years & it will become one of the most unforgettable moments of the trip. The restrictions around the monument and access via battery operated vehicles has done wonders for the surroundings, enhancing the experience. The greenery around just ends up framing this masterpiece of 22 hard years of workmanship. We used a guide Aslam from Abkar travels who was not just a wonderful repository of history & stories but a gracious host. Would recommend taking along a guide anytime as the Taj without its stories is only half the experience. Kids forgot the heat mesmerized by the beauty & stories and late summer 38(feels like 46C) meant we were one among 7k visitors that day. They expect 40-50k per day this winter as travel opens up post-covid : so be ready if you are planning to be one among them : though the monument is so huge & mesmerizing that crowds will be dwarfed all you will go back with a Wah Taj😀 experience.
Written July 17, 2022
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stevebintley
Bedford, UK5,938 contributions
As impressive as you could imagine, and all the photos you’ll have seen really don’t do it justice. As you get closer to the main building the sheer scale really hits you and if you are able to go round with a guide then learning about the subtle history aspects are really interesting. The gardens alone are worth admiring and despite the heat I found there were enough spots throughout the site to escape and catch some relaxing shade. For such a major site the fees charged to enter are reasonable and there’s plenty of opportunities outside to grab souvenirs if you want, again without feeling ripped off.

An absolute must if you’re able to get to the city and fully deserving of it’s world wonder status!
Written August 14, 2022
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ChicLifeByte
New Delhi, India6,840 contributions
How can one leave Agra without visiting Taj Mahal. This was my second visit to Agra but after a gap of many years. I think my last visit to Agra was when I was in school so I have vague memories of witnessing the beautiful structure. Because of COVID-19, tickets need to be purchased online in advance as only 5000 people per day are allowed to visit the monument now. No tickets are sold at counters now.

Our knowledgeable guide Mr. Ved Prakash acquainted us to the city as well as Taj Mahal during the drive and within minutes we reached our destination. Taj Mahal is a beauty and was even more beautiful than my expectations. It was lovely to see the Taj Mahal from so close and entering it was like a dream, indeed a very beautiful dream. The white beauty, naqashi, urdu words are written on the monument, made with love, for love, by love and in memory of love. It was such a beautiful experience and a memory of a lifetime. I clicked a lot of pictures and loved the peace there and every moment spent in the monument was amazing.
Written May 14, 2021
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brahmabul
New Delhi, India94 contributions
One has to see this marvelous piece of Architecture up close to appreciate its beauty. Don't rely on Google images. Hats off to all the workers involved in the making of this marvel.

I visited on 27th Nov'21. Reached around 7:30 AM through my own vehicle at the eastern gate. The parking spot is some 400 m away from the main entry gate. As soon as I parked the vehicle, a battery rickshaw came right next to my car. He offered to take Rs 50 for my family of 5 which I accepted. As soon as my family boarded the rickshaw, a tour guide (with ID card) came and started to pitch for his service. His first offer was Rs 975 and gradually came down to Rs 700 which I did not accept. The rickshaw stopped at a barricading some 100-150 m away from the main gate. Another tour guide came and offered Rs 400 for his services. I think the the rickshaw driver and guide had some mutual understanding. Anyways I accepted the Rs 400 offer. As my family walked towards the entry gate, I realized that there are other battery rickshaws (similar to gold carts) which take you right till the entry gate. On top of these golf carts, you will find 'Agra Development Authority' written. Its then I realized why the battery rickshaw in which my family came right next to my car. Or else I might have been also gone for this golf cart which starts from the parking gate, since my parents are above 65. Charges are Rs 10/passenger.

Anyways, entry to main premises was smooth with absolutely no queues. Was happy that my purpose of coming early was solved.

After that just prepare to be mesmerized. We roamed for almost 2 hours inside with no dull moments. Were happy with the guide's services. Don't know if he took any short-cuts or not but we were amply satisfied. We also hired a professional photographer inside who take Rs 60/photo [both digital + hard copy (8"x12")]. Since no of photographs for me was pretty high, I tried to bargain. Although the rate was not decreased, but an additional 30"x20" photograph and an album was given. I think it was worth spending Rs 1800 for these memories. At return, I took golf cart from the entry gate till the parking.
Written November 29, 2021
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R1chardN
Surbiton, UK580 contributions
The main reason for visiting Agra is to visit the Taj Mahal. It is a splendid building, remarkably grand and better in life than photos. We had an excellent guide (PK) who gave us good tips on the best views, quietest spots and loads of fascinating information about the Taj.
We had a sunrise tour as we were told that this is the least busy time of day and because you can really grasp the full beauty of the building as the sun rises and highlights the colours of the marble and the additional shapes made by the shadows. This is undoubtedly true but Donald Trump was at the Taj later that day and so a large number of tourists changed their itinerary as it was closed from 11 a.m.
Be prepared to be searched as you enter the building and be prepared for your group be split up as men and women enter separately. Do not take any unnecessary bags as they will be scanned separately - possibly some way from the gate that you enter through. I am told this is normal and not because of added security for that day's VIP.
Once inside enjoy every minute and do not get frustrated by other tourists as they push and squeeze for the best views. You have three hours and your chance will come. After you pass through the entrance hall you will see the Taj for the first time - remember it and compare the memory as the Taj changes with the rising sun and as the sky gets bluer. It constantly changes and it is no surprise that most tourist leave with an album of photos.
The gardens on the approach to the Taj are immaculate and the centre pathway is quite crowded. Take a couple of minutes to walk to the side and the whole place takes on a more peaceful tranquility. To the left and the right of the main building are identical structures - one is a mosque and the other a guest house that look magnificent but not as grand as the Taj.
There is a steep stairway that takes you to the second level of the Taj. You can walk around the whole structure and there are good views of the Taj and its surroundings. You can go inside but have to remove your shoes or wear shoe covers. Photographs are forbidden in the mausoleum.
We enjoyed our experience and undoubtedly saw the Taj at its best in view of DT's visit. They were still working on the preparation as we left at 10;30. However, it did mean that we did not see the Taj as the sun went down because other parts of our itinerary were changed to work with the 'security shut down' for DT's visit.
It was still a great experience and a must do if you are in Agra.
Written March 30, 2020
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Reema
Navi Mumbai, India14 contributions
Went to witness this beauty (literally the most beautiful structure made by humans that I have personally seen). Was mesmerized by the first sight of it. Everyone must go and see it at least once in their lifetime.

Tip: We bought online tickets before reaching there to save time. We also bought the tickets to the main mausoleum (which is additional INR 200 for Indians apart from the INR 45 ticket), which lets you visit inside of the Taj Mahal. If someone really wishes to enter it, then it's fine, but also it's totally fine to miss it as there are just the 2 graves inside and nothing else. Basically you just take a small round and come out from the other door in 30 seconds. But you do get to see and feel (touch) the Taj Mahal real close.
We were told that on specific dates, every year in March (not sure of the exact dates), people are allowed to visit the Taj for free.
Written December 6, 2021
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Jetaa83
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This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. We went in through the north gate. It is 100 ft high and the white marble is inlaid with jewels to make the designs. The marble arch is an optical illusion when you walk towards the Taj it looks farther when you back up it looks closer. At the bottom of the stairs when you enter the north gate is a fabulous photo op with the water and Taj Mahal. You can not do yoga poses it’s against the law and the men with guns will take your phone and delete them. Be respectful. To the left of the Taj Mahal is the masque take your shoes off to enter. There in an arch that you can take a great side photo of the Taj Mahal from. If you see a puddle of water it is there to take a reflection picture with! There is a man with shoe coverings if you are going to go into the Taj Mahal i tipped $1. Also a bathroom before you enter the TajMahal i also tipped $1 to get toilet paper. When you enter into the Taj Mahal remember it is a mausoleum built in 1632-1648 by the order of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife and their tombs are in there. No pictures are allowed out of respect. I stayed in New Delhi and did a one day tour with Indo Canadian Tours-Subjash. I had a private tour guide Vinnie who knows the history so well and knows all the best places for pictures and is a fabulous photographer. I had a private car and driver Manoj. I arranged it all via WhatsApp. There are monkeys and beautiful green parrots around the area. Have $1 bills with you for tuktuks, shoe cover, toilet paper, other tips. There are people there who will take 35mm pictures for you 10 for $20. I did it because I feel they need to make a living and they are Only with you for the first 15 minutes of the tour. This is a must do bucket lister and probably one of my favorite bucket listers behind the Great Wall and the Egypt pyramids.
Written January 18, 2022
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