When We Visited The Taj Mahal!

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When We Visited The Taj Mahal!

Agra, India.

Our First Try

We first decided to travel to Agra to see the Taj a few days after Diwali, not even considering that the pollution would be an issue. Visibility was terrible in Delhi because of the festival of lights and all the pollution that came with it. We didn’t imagine it would stretch all the way to Agra too!
We woke up in our hostel and it was hard to even see the other end of the road. We didn’t think this would really affect us seeing the Taj as we were so excited, so set off to the gardens behind it. As we paid our ticket entry (400RPS) and started to walk towards the river, we started to see an outline of what seemed to be the Taj. We can’t have been much more than 200 metres away from it but literally all we could see of it was the outline! After seeing the Taj Mahal in history books ever since we were in primary school, we were all pretty gutted this was our first experience of it.Β We decided to leave Agra the next day and give the pollution a few days to settle down, as there isn’t much else to do in Agra.Β 
Taj Mahal

Second Time Lucky

One week later (after Jaipur and Udaipur) we arrived back for a second go.

We wanted to make sure we were first in the line, so we headed to the Eastern Gate at 5am and waited till it opened at sunrise which was 6.30am. Buses and buses of tours turned up just after us so we were glad we got there so early. Quite a lot of people stopped to take pictures from just beyond the entrance but we carried on to this spot and managed to get this picture just in time, with no people in!

The Taj Mahal sees 10 millions visitors a year. Here it is with only @em_holm and I πŸ™πŸΌ

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Golden Hour at the Taj πŸŒ‡

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The Boat Behind The Taj

Not many people know about this boat, as there’s only one of them and it belongs to one of the locals. But you can pay him around 500 (depends how much you can haggle) to ride out onto the river to see an angle ofΒ the Taj that many people don’t get the chance to see. This can be found if you go outside of the Eastern Gate and follow the wall round. You will be walking around the Taj on a dusty road, and will eventually come to a river. You’re welcome!

Taking pictures from inside the Taj isn’t allowed, which is a shame as inside really is as beautiful as the outside. Before visiting this mesmerizing wonder of the world, I didn’t even know that this building was one of the greatest love gestures of all time. In a nutshell, for those who don’t know…

In 1643, the emperor at the time Shah Jahan, built this structure to be the tomb for his favorite wife. But he was overthrown by his own son before the building was finally completed, meaning he was never able to properly enjoy it.

What was your favourite thing about the Taj?

Emily Holm

Emily Holm

21 Comments

  • Eva Tornado

    Wow, those are beautiful pictures

    5th January 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • allisonasp

    Wow, this brought back memories of my trip to the Taj Mahal, almost exactly 5 years ago today! You really captured some magical photos πŸ™‚

    5th January 2017 at 4:51 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Wow no way! Guess it hasn’t changed much…Thank you!

      5th January 2017 at 11:40 pm
  • Jen Ambrose

    I would never have thought about pollution from Diwali affecting it, glad you got to see it the second time! And clearly a good call on getting there at 5am πŸ™‚ The pics are stunning!

    5th January 2017 at 11:06 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      We didn’t either! We were so shocked that it made that much of an effect. Flights were being cancelled all over the country too πŸ™

      5th January 2017 at 11:37 pm
  • Jasmin N

    I’m glad you had a second chance! That place looks absolutely magical πŸ™‚ 5 am sounds like a perfect time & you got some great photos too!

    7th January 2017 at 9:32 am
  • Ima

    India is definitely somewhere I’d love to see for myself someday, these pictures are so dreamy, I love them all!

    7th January 2017 at 10:05 am
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      We would recommend it! Seeing the Taj is one of our favourite moments to date!

      7th January 2017 at 5:50 pm
  • Victoria

    WOW! Sounds amazing. I have never been to the Taj, but after seeing the pictures I am already in love with the place. Also the quality of the pictures is phenomenal!!! What camera do you guys use please?

    All the best on your travels

    Vicky xo

    7th January 2017 at 12:26 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Hey Victoria, thanks so much! We use a Canon 750D πŸ™‚

      7th January 2017 at 5:44 pm
  • Euge Nia

    I’ve never been to India, but Taj Mahal is on my travel bucket list! This place looks incredibly and so magical! You’re so lucky to visit it for a second time! The photos are simply stunning!

    8th January 2017 at 11:24 am
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I can certainly see why its one of the 7 wonders of the world. Thanks so much Euge

      8th January 2017 at 3:09 pm
  • Ree love30

    I can’t belive the pollution was so bad! Wow! Your photos are unbelieveable! Straight out of a glossy magazine. And it’s so good that you found the boat to get an angle of the taj mahal that not many people see! Ree love30

    8th January 2017 at 2:01 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I know we were so shocked! Thanks so much, we really appreciate it πŸ™‚

      8th January 2017 at 6:35 pm
  • Carola

    Wow, the Taj Mahal is stunning! It’s incredible. I would love to visit it one day. Your pictures are truly amazing. I had no clue about the boat. Thanks for that awesome tip. Hopefully I’ll see the inside one day for myself. A great reason to make sure I get there.

    8th January 2017 at 2:15 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Thanks so much Carola, i am so glad we found out about the boat and i want to share it so more people can find it and see the amazing view!

      8th January 2017 at 3:29 pm
  • Blair Villanueva

    Taj Mahal is indeed so majectically stunning, and its one of the places I would like to visit. A symbol of love that truly last for lifetime. And I agree with you, that it could be more picturesque on the lake part.

    8th January 2017 at 5:47 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I really was so surprised about the love story that went with it! I had no idea of the story until i got there, was so cool so learn about it whilst being there rather than from a text book.

      8th January 2017 at 6:37 pm
  • melissa

    You must of got up super early for those shots. Love them

    8th January 2017 at 8:15 pm
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