Taj Mahal

This morning we woke up early to visit the famous Taj Mahal.

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The long lines form quickly and at 6:30 AM, the people are lined up like cattle to go through security checks and pat downs to get into the complex.

I speculated a lot on whether this was a place that was over rated and over marketed.  Is it really that amazing?

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It was a bit foggy this morning, but the sight was breath taking once you see it in person.  It looks fake with this camera angle doesn’t it?

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Did you know this is a tomb for the former Moghul Emperor’s wife who died young?

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It is breathtaking and the size is enormous.  It is hard to believe until you visit yourself.

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Even the nearby adjoining mosque is amazing in architecture and size.  The morning sun made everything seam magical.  It was quite a morning.

Later in the afternoon, we visited the “Red Fort” or the Agra Fort.  This was the military Moghul fort not far from the Taj Mahal across the river.

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It was massive in size and still in use today by the Indian military.

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It was also the place where the Moghul Emperor that built the Taj Mahal was held for 8 years in prison by his son who overtook his empire.

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He did not live a shabby life in these settings…

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He could even see the Taj Mahal from his windows if you look very close through the fog.

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2 Responses to Taj Mahal

  1. Jeffrey Snover [MSFT] says:

    So what was your conclusion? Overhyped, overmarketed or the real deal?

  2. vaq130 says:

    It is definitely the real deal and worth the expense, effort and travel to see it person.

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