Every day of our trip, except for travel days, has been more impressive than the day before.
However, I think today will be the pinnacle of the trip. I never thought I’d visit India, so the Taj Mahal was not on my bucket list. But once I knew we could travel through on our way to Europe, it became something I wanted to do.
It didn’t disappoint. We’ve been quiet looking this time of year, perhaps because of Covid. There have not been many tourists or travellers to the various sites we have visited.
The Taj Mahal
There’s a long road leading up to the Taj Mahal with stars on the side. At the beginning of the road, there are shuttle buses that you up most and bring you back. It’s important to note it is free even though people are trying to sell your tickets.
No cars are allowed on this road unless they go to the hotels. Of course, that doesn’t include the cows.
Our lovely Coral Homestay hotel was about a 15-minute walk to the entrance.
There were a lot of people at the Taj Mahal. It certainly seemed quite manageable. We had difficulty getting our tickets online, so we had to go to the ticket booth outside the venue. There were no lines.
There is supposed to be a three-hour time limit to visit the Taj Mahal. It is easy to fill up that amount just by walking around. It has everything you can imagine.
Images of our visit to the Taj Mahal
While we could do so much more in Agra, we needed to drive back to Delhi due to time. Our driver recommended taking the time to see Swami Narayan Akshardham. He said it should take about an hour, but we could have been there much longer.
We don’t have any photos because you’re not allowed to take in with you; mobile phones, cameras, radios, electronics, food, drink, bags, leather, and so much more. We left everything except a water bottle and sun hats in the car. They do have cloakrooms. Needless to say, appropriate attire is required.
It is free for everyone. The security was exceptional, and we had to go through several checkpoints. It was worth it as it was remarkable and almost impressive as the Taj Mahal in its own way. It’s a relatively new addition to India’s cultural landscape, completed in 2005.