Of course the Taj is a wonder of the world, and it is easy to see why when you see it in person. Beautiful architecture and craftsmanship, exquisite grounds. The reality is that it is going to be crowded when you are there, or too hot, or too cold and foggy (as in our case) if you go in January. So make the most of the time you have there, and don't let the imperfections get to you. You could be in and out in an hour, but my husband and I spent the whole day there. At first we waited just in hopes that the fog would lift, but we wound up wandering all of the gardens, which were surprisingly empty of people, and enjoying our leisurely visit. We took our time in the museum on the west side, which is worthwhile. We held our ground and stayed in the mausoleum for several minutes, in spite of the guards with whistles trying to push people along, and just soaked in the dome and the tombs. We listened to the audio guide, which really enhanced our experience. I would recommend the audio guide over hiring a real guide who will just rush you through and rip you off.
A must see in India, so make the most of it!
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