"You can't go to India without visiting the Taj Mahal they said". Practically everyone advised me to go to Agra on my introductory few weeks in India. I traveled and it didn't disappoint.
The entry fee is 750 Rs for foreigners and a measly 20 Rs for natives! We got up early as recommended to see the Taj for (a) the beautiful sunrise and (b) to escape the throngs of tourists that bombard this famous attraction daily. Of course we didn't make it at sunrise, purely due to the typical laissez-faire character of the Indians. It took them ages before they opened the gates. The Taj is usually shrouded in an eerie mist in the early mornings, although I would be sceptical about this and put it down largely to the pollution of the surrounding town itself.
Despite the visual pressure, It didn't disappoint. It stood so majestically on the south bank of the Yamuna river with a stretch of beautiful gardens, paving and fountain pools leading up to it. It was built by the Mughal King Shah in 1653 as a final resting place for his beloved wife. Finished in white marble, it took 22 years to build. Agra has a few other famous sites, however besides this Agra does not have much to offer. We only stayed for 2 nights here.
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