I still remember that “WOW” moment when I first set my eyes on the Taj Mahal!
We walked through the long corridors and through various twists and turns and underneath the tall red curvy door and saw the first glimpse of the glistening white marble monument! It was imposing! It was so beautiful! So Romantic! Yes, that is how I would describe the Taj Mahal!
My first visit to Taj Mahal was 17 years back. I don’t have much of good memories from that trip. We visited Delhi and Agra during peak summer and the weather was too extreme for me to take and I almost suffered from a heat stroke. Visiting Agra in the month of September this year was definitely a better idea. It was definitely a humid month but still a lot better that my first visit.
There are so many ways to travel from Delhi to Agra and we chose to book a rental cab for the day. We made our bookings a day in advance and the fare was around Rs.13 per kilometer. It was a pretty good deal we were told! So, we started at 8 am in the morning from Delhi and it was quite a smooth journey We had quick breakfast at a roadside shop on our way and reached Agra by noon.
The approach to the Taj Mahal was a bit chaotic. Vehicles weren’t allowed near the gate and had to be parked almost a kilometer away. The choices of reaching the monument were to walk or hire one of the available choices of rental vehicles for Rs.10 per person. It was a hot and humid day so we chose to take one of those vehicles. There are two types of tickets, one for Taj mahal and the other one for the Taj Mahal +Mausoleum. We took tickets for the Taj Mahal only. Upon reaching we had to go through security check and had our handbags pass through the X-ray machine as well. Just for the sake of information, Tripods of any shape and sizes aren’t allowed inside most of the monuments in Delhi and Agra.
I totally respect rules and follow every step of safety guidelines wherever I go, but to be honest, the process of visiting the Taj Mahal got a bit annoying. That was until I set my sight on the beautiful monument, and after that every effort seemed worth it! There are several gates to enter the Taj Mahal and we entered through one of them. Just for your information, it is advisable to remember the gate through which you came in so you could get out the same way and locate your parked vehicle easily. I know a few people who got lost for a while on their way out and then had a difficult time coordinating with their drivers. Though it is not a super scary situation, but such confusions can easily be avoided by just remembering the gate number! 🙂
Nonetheless, we got inside and finally witnessed this beautiful architecture.
Words aren’t enough to describe this masterpiece! I could just sit there and look at the gorgeousness of the Taj forever.
However, we had to get on with our photo and video shoots to capture all the memories we could from our short duration of stay in there. We spent about an hour or so. it was very humid but we couldn’t care less about the weather at that point in time!
My outfit for the trip was a cotton midi dress which was incredibly comfortable and not to mention, quite pretty as well. I wanted to feel comfortable but didn’t want my outfit to be overtly casual. This dress seemed just right for my requirement. Midi dresses are in trend at the moment and it is one of my favourite trends. So picking this dress for the occasion was a natural choice. I teamed it with lots of gold coloured accessories/jewellery matching the golden print on the dress. Gold sneakers were cool, comfortable and added a bit of extra shine to my look!
Overall it was a wonderful trip visiting one of the 7 wonders of the world. I would most definitely plan another trip once again.
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