and so were 2 of my other colleagues. And we decided to do something about it. So, on the morning of the sixth of December, it was decided that we would go on a road trip to either Rishikesh for bungee jumping or agra to see the Taj mahal on that very day. And we did it. All that planning and it had to be a spontaneous decision that took me to my first visit to the Tajmahal!! Best road trip ever btw.And a good way to finish off 2013. 2 months ago
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How I did it: took a spontaneous solo trip to india in my early twenties when i was a bit more gutsier. I dreamt about going and i booked a ticket and went. i didn't have a hotel reservation. nor did i have a guide book. i just had a vague idea of where i wanted to go and what i wanted to see. the taj mahal in agra was definitely going to be a stop and also the sexual temples of khajuraho.
flew into new deli. made friends with a guy my age from japan who had a guide book. we booked a room at new deli's ymca. we stayed a couple of nights in new delhi and toured the city before taking the shatabdi express to agra to see the taj. we enjoyed the small clean town of agra and the taj. bought a moghul style indian rug and parted ways. he went to ganges river and i wanted to train it to the sex temples. little did i know that khajuraho was having a festival and all the rooms were completely booked for the event. i decided not to go and flew to thailand instead to continue my southeast asian adventures - ill post a picture once i scan it. Read how I did it… 20 months ago
On the day I was in town the Taj Mahal was closed. A guide told me I could see it from behind. It was amazing, and possibly just as good because I was the only person there. 22 months ago
I was a teenager when I saw the Taj Mahal, I was mesmerized by it, but wasn’t sure what was the big deal about the place. As soon as I finished my tour, and had the time to sit in the main courtyard, I was in love with the place. Its the whole package and the atmosphere and the architecture that is so perfect. Its sitting there I felt peace and calm and tons and tons of emotions.
It is believed that on your way out if you turn back to look at the Taj, you get a chance to come back… Involuntarily I turned back… Looking forward to seeing the Taj again!
(PS: I also recommend the palace/city of Fatehpur Sikri, its very close to the Taj) 2 years ago
My Husband is a documentary king, to say the very least. I fall somewhere alone those lines right behind him, so when he explained that he’d watched a film on “places you should visit while they still exist,” I was intrigued. Of course, my first thought was: vacation. Not like that should surprise anyone! I seem to live on vacation ;)
Anyhow, I nearly died when he stated that the Taj Mahal was on that list. It’s been deemed about 5 more years until it starts to literally crumble, according to the film. I needed to hear nothing further, before I started almost crying and begging and pleading that we visit it next year. It’s remained my number one and most prized goal since I could remember and not getting to witness that structure could potentially ruin my life. (Not my carnal, actual life, you know..? the dream life I have in my head.) Anyway, I made him agree and I think it’s officially in the works.
Ahhhh <3 2 years ago