You must really visit Taj in the early morning or before 8.30am max, or else there will be exodus of people coming in in tour groups! I thought we were late when we reached there at about 7.30am (with young kids!) but luckily not many people and we had a great time taking the tanga(horse cart) to reach the entrance before the 'real' entrance!! It cost Rs100 for the REALLY short ride but worth the experience especially when seeing the happy faces on my kids.
We took a stroller and a backpack for my toddler's stuff (bottles, water, milk powder, disposable diapers, wet tissues and change of clothes), the guard let us take everything except the backpack so left it in the locker. We went in through the eastern gate. There was no lines at all, we saw some people getting out already!
There was scaffolding on one side of the building, right before getting into the Taj. And also on one side of the Taj building itself.
Once you walk in, the Taj looks as if it was floating on the background. Some sort like it was cut n paste to put there and don't really fit into the surroundings. It was very white in color and misty but as you walk nearer and nearer it will get clearer.
There was a guy saying that he worked there and not a guide and kept on telling us this and that but we just ignored him due to my hubby's experience with 'worker' in tourist attractions!
You will have to take out your shoes and put them in the counter right before taking the steps. They do provide shoe cover, which is included in the ticket( plus a bottle of water but we never get ours!) but we felt that is should be appropriate and respectful to take off our shoes at these sacred places.
The architecture is really amazing.
On the way back we took the electric bus, guess it should be free but we just paid the guy Rs50.
I just felt that the entrance fee is way too high for the kind of maintenance and conservation(if you can say that) that you see in this city. The town is just too chaotic and does not do justice to Taj Mahal. Or maybe this the charm of it all!
Eventhough the Taj Mahal didn't give me the WOW & goosebumps but one should really visit it in their lifetime if you can, after all, it is one of the seven wonders of the world! I remember someone in the forum said that anybody can do Germany, Poland, England, etc but NOT INDIA! and I think it is very true!
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