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Agra Things to Do: 24 reviews and 58 photos

  Taj Mahal on a cloudy afternoon
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  • Taj Mahal on a cloudy afternoon - Agra
      Taj Mahal on a cloudy afternoon
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  • Taj upclose - Agra
      Taj upclose
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  • One of Taj's minaret - Agra
      One of Taj's minaret
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The Taj is really worth the trip!

The monument is truly a tribute to womanhood, built by Sha Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a symbol of his everlasting love. The Taj is made of white marble, intricately designed by the Mughals, the muslim rulers of India.

The Taj is a mausoleum where the remains of the couple lies beneath, a level below the cenopath.

I joined the bus tour to Agra, costs INR 500, that includes other sights in Agra like The Fort, and 2 or 3 prominent temples & masjid (mosque) in and around Agra. The highlight of the tour is the visit to the Taj.

We lined up in the long queue and it was really a sunny mid day when we reached the Taj, security is very strict. The entrance fee for foreign tourists is INR 750 (a bottle of water free and a very flimsy shoe cover - required before entering the main Taj building), Indians pay INR 50. Our tourist guide is not allowed inside the Taj compound, and a lot of pushy independent tour guides will approach you in the queue offering their service, telling you that you don't have to line in queue if you go with them as there is (as they claim) other entrance to the Taj. Some of them have IDs. So be careful.

The red sandstone gateway to the Taj itself is really nice where you will have the first glimpse of the Taj from afar. When you are already inside the Gateway which is a bit dark full of tourists, you'll catch a good shot of the Taj, I felt really awed, with the full postcard shot of the Taj in blue & white skies casted by the dark arch of the Gateway ( you know what I mean, right?). From the Gateway, you have to walk 5 to 10 minutes passing along the long pool and garden. The Taj gets bigger and bigger as you approach. Majestic in neat white marble.

The Taj tour is really worth it - both thumbs up!

Address: Agra

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2006
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