The unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal – One of the Seven Wonders of the World can only be witnessed in person.
We were up and about long before sunrise, in hope of being the first visitors to the Taj Mahal that morning, thus beginning our magnificent journey to the era of the Mughals.(Incidentally, early morning is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal, to avoid the crowd and experience its surreal surroundings). We let our wonderful guide take over the responsibility of making this visit one of the most enchanting experiences in the world for us.
The ticket counter for the Taj Mahal is a few hundred metres short of the actual compound and you can either walk or take a Golf Cart to reach it as well as return.
As you enter, from the East Gate , and set sight on the Taj Mahal, that moment is nothing short of magical. Without exaggerating , it is one of the most surreal experiences.
The flawless symmetry of the Taj Mahal and the whole 42 acres that it is set in, is just unbelievable. The location chosen for this majestic Mausoleum of Love which the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built for his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal is the work of a genius and couldn’t get better. The Mausoleum itself is made of white marble sourced from Makrana inlayed with semi precious stones from all over the world. The Taj Mahal is flanked by two beautiful Red Sandstone structures (One being a Mosque and other being a Royal Guesthouse of that time) on either side of it, which are equidistant and also in perfect symmetry to it . We were apprised by our knowledgeable guide of the fact that the 22 steps that lead up the Taj Mahal in fact indicate the number of years taken to build it by 20000 artisans.
(A tip : Hiring a guide is great idea here , as not only will they tell you the most interesting stories but are great at taking photos and know the most interesting photo spots as well as poses).
After what felt like three very short hours, we regretfully exited the Taj Mahal.(Tickets are now valid for 3 hours to limit the number of visitors in the Taj Mahal at any given point in time in for safety)
Lesser Known Fact : It is great idea to visit Mehtab Bagh in the evening to view the sunset over the Taj Mahal.
Nearest Luxury Stay : Oberoi Amarvilas (Just 600 metres away from the Taj Mahal) offers an obstructed view of the Taj Mahal from almost all its rooms.
Note : Don’t carry any large bags , eatables, chargers inside. You will be provided a small bottle of water and shoe covers along with the entry ticket.
Night View of the Taj Mahal
“Only let this one tear-drop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.” – Rabindranath Tagore“
Check your calendars , as night viewing of the Taj Mahal is allowed only 5 days is in the month i.e. on Full Moon Night and +/- 2 days. It has to be pre-booked 24 hours before and has limited availability with only 50 people allowed per batch , making it a very personalised experience.