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Personal experience of visiting 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.

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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78 Responses to “Personal experience of visiting the Taj Mahal”

  1. Pramod says:

    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.

    Regards,
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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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  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. Ritesh Gupta says:

    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……
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  5. You look pretty Natalia. Taj is really beautiful, it has an amazing capability of attracting everyone.
    :-)
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  6. Jack says:

    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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  7. Prasad Np says:

    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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  8. Ankit says:

    Superb work. I have been to Taj Mahal.
    But this was better than my visit.
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  9. Sana says:

    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.

  10. Aasma says:

    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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  11. India Travel Agent says:

    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.

  12. specific phone says:

    WOW! amazing pics :) I want to visit Taj Mahal some days too! it is the most beautiful place in the world :)
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  13. Ashi says:

    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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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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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  14. I. C. Daniel says:

    Very beautiful place Shalu. When I havethe buget I ‘ll visit for sure.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel
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  15. 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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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Abhineet
      I do hope you take your wife to see the Taj Mahal. Your idea of visiting together is a great one. Thanks for your comment and hope to see you again on the blog.
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  16. Hotel Booking Offers says:

    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.

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    Really Nice website to get complete tourist information about Great India, Really nice and real experience your sharing, Great India & Great Women (Shalu)
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  18. Online Shopping Sites says:

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

    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.
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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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  20. Taxi for Agra says:

    This IS Realy Great Information About Taj City Agra,Thanks For The same

  21. India is a great place for tourism. And taj is the symbol for love. Taj Mahal has represented us many a times.
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  22. Sheenah Tan says:

    wow the place looks really majestic. I’m hoping 1 day I’d be able to visit Taj Mahal and cross it down in my bucket list.
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  23. imran says:

    I am dreaming about this place thanks for sharing such Kind of stuff
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  24. Fashion Tips says:

    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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  25. shiv says:

    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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  26. egy king says:

    The Taj Mahal is Amazing destination and I hope visit it .

    Thanks Thanks Shalu for your sharing
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  27. 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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  28. I love the pics- gorgeous- and this is on my bucket list to visit:)
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  29. Munawar says:

    I never go to Taj Mahal. Is it a mosque ?
    Reading your article about Taj Mahal and some comments here, it must be on my list for the next trip
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  30. Salika Jay from Vacation Destinations says:

    Taj Mahal is definitely a must visit place on a trip to India. The story behind the structure is amazing just as the structure. Nice photos!
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  31. gaurav says:

    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..

  32. jasa seo says:

    I agree if Taj Mahal is the symbol for love. You can looks at Natalia’s pose. She looks beautiful with Taj mahal background
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  33. Gajendran M says:

    TaJ is eye of India, in 1st pic both are superb.

  34. Sakshi says:

    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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  35. Hi,

    It’s a great article about beauty of Taj Mahal. It brought back good old memories when I was there some years ago.Really The Taj Mahal is the most magnificent tribute to love and beauty.

  36. Great post and amazing pictures.

    It’s my dream to visit the Taj Majal one day….

    Many thanks for taking us there ;)
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  37. A nice experience one of the world’s most exotic regions. You’ll witness some of India’s greatest wonders.

  38. sachin verma says:

    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 .

  39. James from Francesca Jewellery says:

    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.

  40. innocentsm says:

    wow, cool pictures, thanks for sharing natalia
    Nice to read about your story about visiting to TajMahal…. Thanks -
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  41. jam tangan online says:

    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
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  42. Woowwww.. I confuse, which one the cute pic, the background or Natalia? Hehehehe.. both of them I think..

  43. richa from acne treatment sydney says:

    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.

  44. sachin verma says:

    I advice people when they plan to visit tajmahal there is a another monument near the tajmahal known as akber tomb.

  45. sachin verma says:

    if you a going first time to taj mahal
    you should hire a guide he will tell you all history about the tajmahal

  46. Taj Mahal is one of the historical places I would love to visit. Wish to be there with my whole family.
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  47. Beautiful Lapel Pins says:

    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.

  48. winnymarch says:

    My future next destination, i always want to visit Taj Mahal. I hope i can visit it next year
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  49. kebhari says:

    You look pretty Natalia. TajMahal is really beautiful, it has an amazing capability of attracting everyone.

  50. Osama Zia says:

    Love to visit Taj Mahal! It’s a mystical place. Art of love.
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  51. Ashutosh from Exposure of Thoughts says:

    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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  52. Julli Smith says:

    Its historical place and i am crazy for visiting Taj Mahal. I wanna see it.

  53. Nathan Lim says:

    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.
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  54. basket strainers manufacturers says:

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

  55. torrentsatoz says:

    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

  56. MFT says:

    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.
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  57. Jones says:

    Taj Mahal is just an awesome place to visit . I visited Taj Mahal several times whenever i get time , but i love to see it again and again .
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  58. jeet says:

    nice work rishbaha really apreciated i just loved yor article and your website too
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  59. abhineet says:

    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.

  60. Rajat says:

    Taj , is one of the seven wonder , and it’s honour for every Indian.
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  61. If you are comming to India than one place that you must visit is The Taj Mahal . This is the symbol of love.

  62. Anil says:

    HI,
    Nice post,,,,Taj mahal is the 8th world wonder in world,In that climate is very hot…Thanks for Sharing this…:)

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