The 68th Indian Independence Day meant for a long weekend of festivities and exploration. I walked the length and breadth of Delhi nearly wearing holes in the soles of my shoes. On Saturday night I made a spur of the moment decision that on my third visit to India it was about time for me to see the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal page, in my guide book, is curled up and dirtied so much by me reading, re-reading and reading again the page dedicated to the greatest symbol of love! I decided that enough was enough – it was time to visit one of the great Wonders of the World.
I caught a ride on Sunday morning from Delhi: destination Agra!
The road was great and the journey painless. Without a doubt one of the best roads in India. I bought my ticket, layered on the suncream and swung my camera over my shoulderb&it was time to do it…
By no means an expert, here is my advice for visiting the Taj Mahal (please feel free to add suggestions in the comments belowb&)
It is closed on Fridays.
Try avoid weekends if you want to avoid the massive crowds.
It opens early (6am) so for ideal photographs you need to spend the night in Agra to get there whilst lighting is perfect and crowds have not arrived yet. It closes at sunset.
As a foreigner you pay more than locals which is completely understandable. What this extra fee also means, however, is that you do not have to wait in queues and lines. You simply move straight to the front – on hot days this is priceless.
Take sun cream and sunglasses. The white marble reflects and burns.
Tripods are not allowed.
No food is allowed, but take water.
The complex is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after.
The Taj Mahal is a comfortable 3- 3:30 hour drive from Delhi.