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Day 8 Tour of Taj Mahal
Saturday, July 28th, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

Yippee! I finally saw THE Taj Mahal :) )

The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and that too in my own country but I had not managed to see it till date. It takes some time for the sheer beauty, perfect symmetry and detailed craftsmanship to sink in. But the more you look at it, the more you want to keep looking at it. If not for the scorching heat and humidity in Agra, I could spend a few more hours gazing at it. A couple of quick tips for a Taj Mahal visit – go as early as you can and buy disposable shoe covers so that you don’t have to walk barefoot on the marble. The Taj Mahal has no fixed opening and closing time. The guards open and close the gates at sunrise and sunset so you get more time in summer and less in winter. Don’t fall for the guides and touts. Get your guidebook along or rent an audio guide which was well executed.

Taj Mahal

After checking out of our hotel in Agra, we skip the Fort since we have just a few hours for sight seeing in Agra. We stop at Fatehpur Sikri on our way to Jaipur. I wish I had more energy to take it all in but my brain has just switched off in the heat. Despite my brain dead state, the Buland Darwaza and the exquisite detailing leave me awed. Apparently due to water supply problems (same problems as today) Akbar left his dream city of Fatehpur Sikri and moved back to Delhi. No other king or chieftain ever occupied it again as the location was not very convenient. As a consequence, it is largely intact and it is easy to imagine a crowd of richly gowned nobles with their entourages walking around. The city is also smaller than I think it will be.

We leave Fatehpuri Sikri and reach Jaipur by 6 pm. It is a fairly easy drive and there are two short rain showers. My husband gets out and dances in the rain! Never before have we welcomed the rain with so much happiness.

Trip stats:

The distance from Agra to Jaipur is 245 kms.

Time taken to drive – 5 hours not including 2 hour stop at Fatehpur Sikri



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My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.


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