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Why Taj Mahal is still a jaw dropping experience

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I woke up at 8 AM to see the Taj Mahal (you know how important it is to wake up earlier when in India to enjoy its marvels). My guide waited for me outside of my hotel and drove for 15 minutes to the ticket booth. Since I’m not Indian on papers, I had to pay 750 rupees (it’s way cheaper for nationals).

No cars are allowed from this point so I hopped on a shared electric bus to the western gate of this amazing palace. A line of foreigners was waiting in front of the palace but it wasn’t too long. I had to wait 15 minutes before entering the domain which is totally fair when you know that more than 8 millions of people were visiting this place.


I read many blogs online where hyperbolic descriptions were competing with each other. As I was reading it, I kept telling to myself: « people are always exaggerating! » .

When I saw the Taj Mahal from the entrance, I thought that every words were an understatement: it was literally jaw-dropping.

I think there are very few monuments that left me with such a delightful impression of greatness. That was spectacular and the history behind the building process that my guide gave me added to that feeling. There are actually several theories behind the Taj Mahal, I've written about it on my microblog.


The 2 identical red mosques on the sides of the Taj Mahal also give a good impression.

Posted by sam_travels 15:38 Archived in India Tagged india taj_mahal agra

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