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Taj Mahal
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Agra Tour From Delhi Including Home-Cooked Lunch in a Local Home
Ranked #1 of 104 things to do in Agra
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hartsdale, New York
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

You feel like you are living a dream. You just want to pinch yourself at the first siting to make sure the experience is real. We traveled with Tauck Tours and they gave us every opportunity to view this magnificent structure. We arrived in Agra approaching sunset and they took us to the Moon Garden across the Yamuna River to view the front of the palace. Most people start with the back view and never see the front view. The shades cast upon the structure were beautiful. We then woke up at sunrise to see the morning shades. Unfortunately it was foggy and overcast. When we returned around 9AM, it was sunny for and excellent tour and photo opts. This is a palace built around history and a love story. It is essential to have a proper guide who will discuss the history and point out the amazing lattice work, stone work, calligraphy and the gorgeous colors and dyes on the building. We appreciated the outstanding symmetry except for the tombs.
When you leave, you just keep looking back because the palace has a magnetism. You should stay at the Oberoi with a view of the Taj Mahal. You will be at your window or sipping a drink or coffee at their restaurant and continue to contemplate the view.

Couple of words of advice. If it is foggy at sunrise, it is not worth the money or long wait on line.
Also, careful with what you are carrying. The staff confiscated everything from lipstick to insect repellant. Also it might be worth your while to hire a professional photographer who knows the turf and where to take the pictures. We had 3 cameras and his shots beat all of ours.

One of the most awesome experiences of my life!

Visited February 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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“Homage and Love immortalized”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

We visited Taj Mahal in the early morning, to see the sunrise :) A little misty, but breathtaking. The exquisitely carved marble reliefs and elaborate marble inlaywork, ( with half-precious stones ), the honeycomb design, are all overwhelming. A harmonious combination of mass and delicacy, created by muslim architects and hindu craftsmen.

Shoes must be taken off when visiting the mosque next to Taj Mahal. Absolutely worth a visit also.

Visited February 2014
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Newark, Delaware
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Breathtaking; it gave me goose bumps; amazing!! Picturesque and so beautiful. Magnificent marble and an engineering dream. You must have your own private guide to make this a very memorable experience.

Visited February 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Even better than expected”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Fabulous structure, with little to see inside the actual mausoleum. The grounds and setting at the rear overlooking the River Yamuna are stunning.

Visited March 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Excellent Monument”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Taj itself is amazing and beautiful but the surroundings is full of touts which is the most irritating issue.

Visited March 2014
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