Personal experience of visiting the Taj Mahal

Natalia at the Taj Mahal

My friend Natalia from Brazil was recently in India where she happened to visit the Taj Mahal along with other places in India. She sent me her account of her visit along with some of her photos that she took on her visit. This is the personal account of her visit to the glorious Taj Mahal. I hope you will like it and I hope her story will convince you to visit this amazing Indian monument of love.

Visit to the Taj Mahal by Natalia…

The first tip I got about the Taj Mahal was: don’t miss it! The second tip I got about the Taj Mahal was: go with someone you love.

Natalia at the Taj Mahal
Natalia at the Taj Mahal

I’d started my day in Agra visiting the Agra Fort, which is a walled city with both Hindu and Islamic architecture. It was damn hot and there were not so many spots to hide ourselves from the sun, but I still took my time to appreciate the view (you can see the Taj Mahal from there, to have just a glimpse of what is about to come).

The Taj Mahal itself is 2 km away from the Agra Fort. If you’re going by car or bus, you will need to park a bit far and take a rickshaw until the gates.

The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

Attention: You can’t buy the tickets at the gates/entrance; you will need to buy them at the parking lot. As almost every place in India, the prices are totally different for foreigners and for Indians (Indian National Rupee (INR) 750 and INR 20). This means that foreign tourists have to Rupees 750 while Indians have to pay Rupees 20. Don’t try to play smart and pass by Indian to get the lower price; the securities are well-trained and very used to all kinds of situation. Besides, INR 700 (around $14) is a fair place for the most famous tourist place of the Incredible India. Don’t worry, it will be worth it.

Agra Fort
Agra Fort

Despite of what some foreigners I know think, the Taj Mahal is not a temple, and it’s a mausoleum. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died giving birth to their 14th child. There’s a myth that says Shah Jahan planned to build another mausoleum for himself in black marble, across the Yamuna River, but he died and his son didn’t carry on with the project. The Taj Mahal incorporates both Persian and Mughal architecture using white marble with semi-precious stones.

Courtyard for public addresses for the Emperor Shah Jahan
Courtyard for public addresses for the Emperor Shah Jahan

Although I had seen pictures of the Taj before, but I was certainly not prepared for how big the building was. No wonder it’s known as the biggest proof of love in the world. The reflecting water and the tall trees completed postcard scenery I’ll never forget. I did a big mistake and got there on a really hot day and during the afternoon, so there were a LOT of people and you have to fight your way to take a picture. I’d prefer to go during sunrise and get a little closer to the serene and lovely feeling of being there, finally staring at the most known symbol of India.

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Inside the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s tomb is placed beside his wife’s. His tomb is bigger than his wife’s and the only part of the complex that it’s not symmetric. You are not allowed to take photos inside, but to be honest the outside is way more interesting and impressive. For me, it was way more interesting just to walk around and take a view of the gardens from above. I’ve found myself going to the exit, but always looking behind me just to check a little bit more of the big Taj Mahal.

Nice photo of Taj Mahal
Nice photo of Taj Mahal

When you walk back to the parking lot again, there are a lot of small stores where you can buy souvenirs and other things in marble. I got a baby-Taj Mahal for only 200 Rupees. I’m that kind of souvenir-crazy person and India is a great place for shopping. More than this, who wouldn’t want to take a little something home to remind you of one of the most amazing places in the globe?

Finally correcting myself: The Taj Mahal is not only a place, it’s an experience..

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100 thoughts on “Personal experience of visiting the Taj Mahal

  1. Yes ..My newly married brother who paid a visit to the Taj Mahal with his wife earlier this year told me that he had to pay as low as 20 RS to get an entry to spend some time near this beautfiful structure …This is a must visit place for any couple of India/Any part of the world who plan a travel to our magnificent country India …and yes you can expect a huge crowd nearby you (if you’re near Taj Mahal) as this is one of the 7 wonders of the world ..people would be flowing like a river.

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    • Pramod, I think there should be one flat rate to see the Taj Mahal. I don’t like the fact that foreigners have to pay extra. Thanks for you comment and hope to see you again.
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  2. Hi Natalia and Shalu,

    Lovely pictures indeed 🙂

    You rightly mentioned in the end – it’s not a place but a true experience to be at The Taj. It brought back good old memories of our visit when we travelled with my parents, though it was quite a few years back. But each time you visit the Taj Mahal, it always seems like you are seeing it for the first time – been there twice and feel like going again and again 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend, both of you. 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena
      It was nice of Natalia to send her photos and her experiences to me for sharing to the world.

      I have only been to Agra once but I do hope to go there in the near future again. Thanks for your comment and best wishes to you.
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  3. Yes, the Taj- the complete experience and memory!
    I think there should be ON difference of entry fees among native visitors and foreigners. Let us forget all differences when we are around the biggest symbol of love.
    Have a nice day ahead!
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  4. What a post….very nice & Pics… Nice to read about your story about visit to Agra…. Thanks

    I have also write a stroy about AGRA… its here →

    सफ़र है सुहाना……

  5. Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, and some Western historians have suggested that the beauty of this architecture is something that no other work to overcome.

    Thanks for your experience!
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  6. One can go to Taj 100 times and still not get tired. I can imagine the excitement you must have felt on seeing it for the first time. Lovely pics and some useful tips for tourists visiting the Taj
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  7. Taj Mahal is one of the best place in the world to visit.This is past gift of a husband to a wife. your demonstration abut the Taj Mahal visit is heart touching.

  8. Taj Mahal is one of the most famous place in the world, and people are curious to visit agra and to see Taj Mahal. But it’s my bad luck that I couldn’t make it there, I planned few times but every time plan didn’t work. Hope to make my trip there soon.
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  9. Amazing post!
    Taj Mahal is Incredible, I Love Taj Mahal– one of my definite favorite places visited in India. and well know in all over the World for their wonder and beauty.
    but I have also more posts related to Taj Mahal tour.

  10. Hello Shalu mam

    Well I have been to Agra many times but during all these years i went to Taj Mahal only once. I liked it but crowd is something which really bothers me . . . .
    I have really though time there while I was on the tour.
    Seems like you had great fun there 🙂
    Have a great week ahead 🙂

    • Ashi
      not much can be done about the crowd. I can understand what you mean but the crowd is there just to see the Taj Mahal like the rest of us.

      Thanks for your comment and hope to see you again. Have a nice day.
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  11. I have seen various pictures from the Taj, but the 4th one is the view I saw it for the first time. I have not visited Taj yet, but definitely a must visit place for me. Hopefully I will visit it after my marriage with my wife. May be it will be the right time to visit this monument which is the greatest symbol of Love!
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  12. Hey Shalu, ..Seems like Natalia enjoyed a lot her Agra trip. “TAJ MAHAL” – Symbol Of Love” One of the most beautiful destination of India and first choice new married couples. Thanks for the info and sharing your wonderful experience.

  13. Really Nice website to get complete tourist information about Great India, Really nice and real experience your sharing, Great India & Great Women (Shalu)

  14. Really nice Website about Indian Tourism, Real & experience articles…The Great India & Great Women(Shalu)

  15. Hi Natalia,

    This was a wonderful write up of your experiences at the Taj Mahal. It brought back memories of when I was there some years ago.

    It is still the most beautiful building I have even seen.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Hiten

      Natalia has done a wonderful job of describing her experience of visiting the Taj Mahal. I agree, the Taj is one of the most amazing buildings that exist. Thank you for your comment and shares.
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  16. Wow amazing and so lovely pictures. I have seen taj mahal in pictures before. I want to visit it. Your experience is as you tell is so enjoyable.
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  17. I went Taj many times but in the summer . I never get chance in these days when Yamuna filled with its neck. I like your experience it is more exciting if you will go with your lover. THanks for sharing Experience.
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  18. There is no doubt that life is a journey, learn to live your life and don’t live to learn your life. I know for sharing this experience with the whole world via the the internet, something must have been learnt during and after the journey. This is awesome!
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  19. oye Taj Mahal ki Ticket for Indians only 20₹
    i can’t believe it… Aaj se 5 saal pehle hum bhi gaye the badi mehangi thi..

  20. Its a great detailed post on visit to Taj. I alwasy like to read the personal travel experiences rather than the usual articles. These make you feel as if you are there traveling with the person. Thanks for sharing this along with superb pics.
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  21. its the one of world 7 wonder and every one know that its a @@symbol of love@@ so all lover must visit to tajmahal atleast once and should share their personal experince . i visit many times to tajmahal and and when i m coming back a thought always arise in my mind i will come agian once atleast . i love to visit tajmahal .

  22. Taj Mahal is among the seven wonders of the world. Everyone should visit to see the place at least once. It is totally a different experience. I have visited Taj Mahal twice however I will visit it more times whenever I will get an opportunity.

  23. I always think about the builder of taj mahal. He or she is the best artist in this world. And the team is very detail

  24. Lovely pictures and beautiful portrayal.It is one of the most beautiful places I have visited so far. The history associated with it, makes it even more special. No wonder it has made its place in the 7 wonders of the world.Truly deserving.

  25. Its my biggest wish to visit this place in my life. i heared alot about it ..and after reading this article and watching the marvelous pics of Taj mahal i can”t wait any more. i wish that soon i go to India and visit Taj Mahal.Thanks for sharing your experience.

  26. Very truly said – Visiting Taj Mahal is an experience, an experience that you can never forget in your lifetime. I had been there around 4 years back and the memories seem to be so fresh even today.

    Anyone who has not visited Taj Mahal yet is surely missing something great in his life and as mentioned by Shalu, do EXPERIENCE with your beloved and believe me, the experience is going to be completely different.
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  27. Taj Mahal! Oh how I want to visit there too. Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat are two places in my bucket list. Always nice to see grand architecture and historical sites around the globe.

  28. This is a indian historical place taj mahal. i think every indian one time visit there. this is awesome experince.

  29. Taj Mahal is greatest construction in south asia.Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat are two places in my bucket list. Always nice to see grand architecture and historical

  30. I visited Taj Mahal in the morning & I saw how the color of Taj Mahal transformed as the sun rises. It was a breath taking scene n’ something that everyone should go through at least once. You really cannot miss the Taj Mahal on a trip to India.

  31. Taj is no doubt a monument which is a dream come visit for anyone. Its a awesome weekend tourist destination for people living in and around the place. I have often seen people visiting Taj from Delhi NCR on weekends
    Best place to see beautiful newly married couples from India and abroad too.

  32. nice pos kali ya haha
    natalia is very cute and white…

    mau jam tangan unik dan lucu? biar makin cantik dan imut

  33. Hello Shalu mam
    Well I have been to Agra many times but during all these years i went to Taj Mahal only once. I liked it but crowd is something which really bothers me . . . .
    I have really though time there while I was on the tour.
    Seems like you had great fun there 🙂
    Have a great week ahead
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  34. Hi Shalu,

    Lovely pictures looking pretty. After reading your Article. I would like to visit Taj ASAP.. Thanks for sharing such a nice infommation. Also can you share few hotels for staying overthere.

  35. As the site of the world’s historic enough, I’d love to visit there. I only know from the history books that are studied in schools in Indonesia. Thanks Shalu.

  36. Tajmahal is just about the incredibly beautiful as well as incredibly well-known vacationer put in place India. An individual talk about good information. thanx because of this.

  37. Hello Natalia and Shalu Mam,

    Really great picture indeed!
    I am from Pakistan and I wish to see Taj Mehal. Can We take picture from inside or not?
    As Natalia tell us every thing about this place. I really really wish to visit there.

    When I will visit India then I will must to visit Taj Mehal.
    Thanks Natalia for sharing such great pics and information.

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    Areesha Noor!
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