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“It is what you make of it, so make it worthwhile”
Review of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
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Ranked #1 of 107 things to do in Agra
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Chicago, Illinois
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“It is what you make of it, so make it worthwhile”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

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!

Visited January 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Must See”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The Taj Mahal exceeded my expectations. It's the most amazing human-made structure I've laid my eyes on! We were lucky to have a blue sky, which makes it all the more stunning!

Visited February 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Exceeds Expectations”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

As it's one of the most hyped tourist destinations in the world, it's remarkable that the Taj Mahal is pretty well guaranteed not only to meet your expectations but will most likely exceed them. It genuinely is a breathtakingly beautiful building. Plan to spend several hours exploring the site; that means bringing/buying some water and having a good feed beforehand because otherwise navigating the inevitable crowds (as much Indian as tourists) can be a little wearing. Try approaching it from different angles and watching how the stone changes colour as the light moves; make sure you spend some time relaxing in the gardens and take in the vistas across the river (if it's not too foggy, which is common at some times of the year) plus you should try to visit the adjacent buildings which are also very impressive. There isn't exactly a one way system but it certainly makes sense not to try to fight the flow of the crowds. There is however definite different routes for Indians and for tourists so keep to your own or risk getting a "telling off". One tip: if you're using shoe covers (instead of taking your shoes off) then keep them in your pocket afterwards in case you might need them again later to access another part of the site.

Visited November 2012
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Khajuraho, India
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“really a wonder”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

If you are coming to agra then please visit the taj...its so beautiful especially the morning sunrise view.....

Visited January 2013
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Toowoomba, Australia
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“A Must to see”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We got there early to see the sunrise hit the marble and see the amazing colours that I had heard about but unfortunately the morning mist and smog were too heavy.

Visited November 2012
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