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“Much more than the photos reveal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
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US$ 67.00*
and up
Agra Tour From Delhi Including Home-Cooked Lunch in a Local Home
Ranked #1 of 103 things to do in Agra
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Much more than the photos reveal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

There is no point in describing a structure as iconic as this, but a few practical comments may be welcome. Firstly, the line-ups are enormous and the heat usually deadly, so make sure you take water with you. Also try to visit the toilet before joining the line, and have some toilet paper with you ----- the toilets are a disgrace to UNESCO and the Indian authorities. It is a great advantage to be with a foreign group; the price is more than the locals pay, but you will get access to a priority line that will get you in much faster. Once inside the mausoleum, it will not take more than 40 minutes to walk round, and what you will see is some of the richest carving bestowed upon the human race, but the exterior is equally impressive and really requires more time. Take a good walk round the back of the main building on exiting.
The standard photos of the Taj Mahal do not reveal the astonishing slant of the two side towers, designed to minimize earthquake damage. Nor do they show the two marvellous buildings on each side of the mausoleum. One is a mosque, and the other is identical in structure to maintain the symmetry of the entire complex; it was used as a burial site for later members of Shah Jahan's family. I don't know if and when their interiors are visitable, but their exteriors are worth a good look. So are the gardens and fountains. Finally, to the left of the main entrance arch into the garden is a long arcade that displays splendid photos accompanied by fascinating descriptions of all the approximately 100 World Heritage Sites to be found in India. Three hours is not too much to set aside to savour the entire experience.

Visited March 2012
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“Defines the words "Must See"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

I could write forever about the infine beauty and detail that is the Taj Mahal, but if you don't see it in person, there is no way to describe it.

Go. Endure crowds, pushy touts and expensive (for India) prices in charming but grotty Agra.

Must see: Stunning in morning and evening light, 100% worth getting up early and chasing a ticket for (which you buy beforehand, ask at your hotel). Find one of many hotels with roof gardens to offer you a wide view.

Visited May 2011
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“Don't miss the Taj”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

We had to rise at 5 o'clock, to be sure we were the first visiterd.
And yes we stood in front of the queue. At that time still a quiet place and a beautiful view.

Visited March 2012
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“Pictures don't do justice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

It is a wonder of the world for a very good reason! The monument is just breathtaking. More than seeing this wonder, it was an experience to just go, sit there and let the calm settle in. There were a lot of people but it does not ruin the experience in any way. They have done a good job to keep the place clean and well maintained. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the vicinity and you have to take a special shuttle service from the parking lot. We took a day trip to Agra from Delhi. There is a train in the morning that arrives Agra at about 10 AM. UP State has an organized day tour that includes Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikhri and Taj Mahal. It brings you back to the train station in the evening right at the time when the train leaves back for Delhi. I highly recommend it if you are looking just for a day trip. Fall/Winter is a good time to go. I can't imagine going there in summer time as it gets really hot. It is a place that everyone must see in their lifetime!

Visited September 2011
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“True to its reputation! This is the best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

The most hyped about attraction in India truly lives up to its hype! It's absolutely magnificent!

Visited June 2011
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