Taj Mahal in Agra

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There are 200 kms between Orchha and Agra, but we left at 9am just in case we found traffic on the way. We did a couple of stops on the way. First we stopped at the top of a hill overlooking a huge temple. And our second stop was in Gwelior where we visited some stone statues sculptured on the wall. They were immense, something quite impressive if you consider they were built around 1500 and destroyed in 1690´s by the hand of Muslims.

Around 3pm we were entering Agra, so we decided to grab something to eat in McDonalds and run to Taj Mahal. Today has been quite sunny and you never know what can happen tomorrow, so we headed to take our “official” photos from one of the 7th Wonders of the World! First you need to get a ticket, which costs 750Rs, and then catch an electrical bus that takes you to the entrance.
There are 4 different accesses to the monument: east, west, north and south. When you go across the main entrance and you see Taj Mahal in the back, you just cannot believe it! it is breathtaking!! When you first see you get quite nervous and you move fast trying to get the best photograph spots. It is overwhelming indeed, a monument taken out from a fairytale!

And of course its origins had to come from a love story ☺ When Shah Jahan, prince and successor of the Mongol Empire met Mumtaz Mahal, he fell desperately in love with her. Mumtaz became his favorite wife and gave him 14 children. Right before she died she asked him to do four things: To build her a tomb, Asked him to marry again, Made him promise he would take care of their children and that he would visit her tomb every anniversary of her death.
So he built the Taj Majal for his deceased wife. The legend says he wanted to build a new Taj Majal in black on the other side of the river, but then he was imprisoned so he didn’t ruin the Empire.

Taj Majal was built in 25 years and 20000 thousand people were needed to finish the work. Many jewels are decorating its façade and can be seen with the early morning sunrays.

I don’t know how long we stayed there, but we lost track on time. We took photos until the sun was down and then Jadish took us around and explained everything about the monument. When you exit the place you will find tons of souvenir places. The sales guys are quite annoying, but it is not a bad idea to get them something for a good price.
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