Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal has been a dream of mine for a long time, probably since I’ve known of its existence. Last year, when planning to come to India, I only allowed myself two weeks in Bangalore and no time for the Taj Mahal. This time, I gave myself a few available days, and even though I had no real plans, I hoped that I could make it happen. Fortunately, two of the girls from yoga teacher training decided to join me on their way to Goa, so we decided to spend two nights in Agra.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Aside from the historical sites, there isn’t much else to the city. It’s busy and full of vendors with Taj Mahal souvenirs, which at times can make it a bit overwhelming. After ten hours in a cab from Rishikesh and a quick rickshaw ride, we arrived at our accommodations, which while close to the Taj Mahal, was nothing to rave about. Even with the monkeys who would fight all night on our balcony,it was cheap and convenient enough for two nights.

After dinner on one of Agra’s many rooftop balconies, plus our first beer in a month, we decided to head to bed early, excited for sightseeing in the morning.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

We woke up for sunrise, and because it was Monday morning, the crowds were limited. On line, we met Patrick, who is from Germany but has been traveling for two years. Since he was only in town for the day, we decided join forces and explore the city together. First, we took a tour around the Taj, and with the morning fog, it made the majestic building difficult to see from afar, but all the more magical.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

The best part was that since it was early on a Monday morning, it felt as though we were the only people there. We had the entire place to ourselves, or at least it felt that way. Slowly, as time went by, more and more people made their way into the area, but for a small moment, it felt special to have it all to ourselves.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

We wandered around, had a few photo opportunities, and then headed for breakfast nearby. The fog was clearing out and it was a bit more clear as we were leaving, but we were all quite hungry since we had been up so early. We settled on one of the many cafes that offer a view of the Taj and relaxed a bit before our next stop: Agra Fort.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

After a crazy rickshaw ride, which included a trip to the both train stations in town, one to pick up Patrick’s bag and another to inquire about tickets to Delhi, we finally made our way to the fort.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

While at first we were unimpressed with the structure, especially after the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, the more we wandered around, the more we discovered and uncovered the fort’s beauty. The architecture here is stunning and worth exploring while in Agra.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Exhausted from our day of sightseeing, we headed back near our hotel and settled in for some chai, lassis, and wifi. After a quick bite to eat, it was time to part ways.

Visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Patrick headed to the train station and we headed to back to our hotel to rest before dinner. With an early ride to Delhi in the morning, we settled in with a movie and early bedtime before we also had to part ways.

Our visit to Agra was memorable and hectic all at once. Not much time is needed in the city and only one night stay is really necessary, especially if you’re running short on time. Still, I am grateful to have finally checked off a major bucket list item.

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Comments (14)

  1. Dana

    How awesome!!! 🙂 what an amazing adventure- so glad u got to see so u could share with us!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! It was pretty magical 🙂 Hope you get there one day!

  2. Mary Anne

    I miss you my friend, but am so proud of you and thrilled to see you are living your dream. I love reading about your adventures.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I miss you too! Can we plan an adventure together for 2016??

  3. the lazy travelers

    most importantly, how did the beer taste after one month sans alcohol??

  4. Amanda @amandaelsewhere

    Did you spring for a guide at the Agra Fort? It’s sooooo worth it because there are about a million hidden gems in there- from the tiger pens to the pure black onyx to the harem pools to the glowing marble… I found it a thousand times more impressive than the Taj Mahal!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh wow! That sounds amazing! We didn’t get a guide, unfortunately. I think we were all a bit travel weary. That’s a great travel tip though! Maybe one day I’ll make it back there. 🙂

  5. Lance | Trips By Lance

    You got some great photos. I would’ve thought no matter the time of day there would be a flood of visitors. Surprised to see just your group in them.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Lance! We definitely lucked out…so happy!

  6. lola

    Having the Taj Mahal to yourself must be AMAZING!! That’s how I’d want to see it. I really really love all the photos.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, friend! You’d love it here – so many good photo ops too!

  7. craig zabransky

    Amazing. This is definitely a place I’d love to visit one day… but more importantly, so happy you are experiencing India… I know how much you wanted to visit, so happy you’ve made your dream a reality…. all the best.
    stay living the dream, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Craig! Means a lot! I am so happy I was able to experience India too. Maybe the next time I go back, you can come with me! Kingfishers all around! 🙂

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