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. 12 months ago
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It’s next on my list after bungee jumping 18 months ago
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… 2 years 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. 2 years 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