Taj Mahal in Agra India

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


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?


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?




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


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



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.


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


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.


He did not live a shabby life in these settings…



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

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8 Responses to Taj Mahal in Agra India

  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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  8. It’s difficult to find educated people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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