The Majestic Taj Mahal and Interesting Agra | Always A Foreigner

The Majestic Taj Mahal and Interesting Agra

The Majestic Taj Mahal and Interesting Agra | Always A Foreigner

Caren and Cazzie

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The Majestic Taj Mahal and Interesting Agra

Perfect symmetry, a beautiful love story, and throngs of people….there’s nothing quite like the Majestic Taj Mahal. Agra and the world famous Taj remind me of a time and place that has long since been forgotten.  With the smell of fragrant spices lingering in the air, vendors bargaining with you in the street, and ancient architecture looming over you, you’re sure to have a whirlwind of a time in Agra.



It took 20,000 workers 22 years to build this intricate and beautiful monument. Built for an emperor’s favorite wife who sadly died in childbirth, the Taj stands in her memory. The Taj is a cultural high point for Muslims in India, and represents an era of greatness for their people.

To make the intricate patterns seen in the walls of the Taj, semi-precious stones such as jade, crystal, turquoise and amethyst were hand placed by thousands of workers. Each piece in the beautiful mosaics on the walls were ground using foot powered stone wheels, and then dyed and formed into the patterns we see today.

The Majestic Taj Mahal is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. When you visit, you’ll be sure to realize why! The gardens and areas surrounding the Taj are almost as wonderful as the actual building. Be sure to walk around and explore. You can find the famous bench that Princess Diana sat on during her visit to the Taj, but good luck getting a picture on it as it’s always crowded. The backside of the Taj monument is located on the banks of the Yamuna river, a tributary of the Ganges. This river holds many cultural and historical praise in both Hindi and Muslim religions. The river isn’t the cleanest though, so don’t spend too much time gazing into its depths.

Tips for a Good Trip!

Arrive early!! Both the heat and the crowds can be painful. There are countless agencies in the area that offer guided tours with entrance fees included. Often times these tours may include other things as well, so choose a tour carefully. Different tours offer wildly different add-ons. It is very important to know what is included in the tour you choose before embarking. Shop around to get the best deals!


Often times, tours will offer to bring you to marble or jade stores in return for a reduced price on ticket fees. They generally receive commissions if you were to purchase anything. Because of this, they will bring you to many different stores along the way. Agree on how many stores you are willing to go to beforehand if you are to accept the discounted rate, but feel free to decline this offer if you’re not interested.

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