Agra and the Taj Mahal

A much anticipated part of our India trip was of course the Taj Mahal – the greatest monument to love in history. Having seen countless photos of the Taj, we had high expectations and we were not disappointed.

In order to get to see the taj in the best light and with fewer tourists around, we woke up at 5am so that we would arrive just as it opened.  Our first sight of the taj was through the giant gates directly opposite and it was truly breathtaking to see the marbled mausoleum in all its symmetrical grand glory. Mike’s camera definitely got a workout trying to get the best shot of such a beautiful building.

After a few hours here we were knackered from the early wake-up so headed back to the guesthouse. In the afternoon, we visited Agra Fort, and baby Taj (another mausoleum) which were great in their own rights but they had nothing on the main attraction.

Late in the afternoon we made the trip to a place on the banks of the river opposite the taj to try and get the perfect “postcard” shot.  When we got there we were grossly disappointed as the pristine sandy banks that we had seen in other photos was actually a muddy swamp with water buffalo and goats wandering around. In any case, as soon as we arrived at this spot, a huge monsoonal rain storm hit and we just made it back to our rickshaw in time.

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