The Majestic Taj Mahal
Visiting Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal can be visited from sunrise to sunset except on Fridays. Entry fee costs Rs 750 for foreign tourist, Rs 510 for Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries and Rs 20 for domestic and Indians. Guide can also be hired inside the ticketing booth for a fee. In our case, we didn’t hire one anymore as we would like to see the complex on our own, no pressure, no discussion, nothing but us taking photographs.
We woke up still not feeling completely well on the day of our visit but as the clock get closer to our planned time in seeing the marvellous site of Taj Mahal, it had made us forget about the uneasiness and all that we’ve been feeling since yesterday. I guess the cure that we’ve been looking for to get us back to our excitement is only Taj Mahal.
Food are not allowed inside the complex. Even the smallest candy that you have will be confiscated. Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited inside. Other things like arms, ammunitions, fire, smoking items, tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees), head phones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except camera), tripods are also prohibited.
The main mausoleum of Taj Mahal is surrounded by outlying buildings adding glamour to its impressive figure. The main mausoleum is flanked by almost similar two buildings on either side of the platform. The mosque on the west and the Mihman Khana (assembly hall) on the east are the complementary elements of the riverfront ensemble.
A garden can also be seen surrounding the magnificent mausoleum.
The large square garden is divided by two main pathways into four quadrants wherein each quadrant is in turn subdivided by narrower cross-axial pathways, so that sixteen sub-quadrants are formed. The garden as a whole is surrounded by a pathway which connects with all the sub-pathways.
Not in a Postcard Anymore
Not as big as Chittorgarh Fort in Udaipur, one can easily see the main mausoleum of Taj Mahal when entering the complex.
As soon as we had passed the security check, we walked towards the gateway entrance with our heart pounding. We then walked through the hall and finally had the sight of the beautiful structure. We couldn’t believe we were finally there and the glorious monument was right in front of us.
We had traveled about a week in India before we had finally set our foot on this important destination – and everything’s worth it.
Photoholics as we were, we had spent almost half an hour per area taking pictures before we get to move on.
A different angle of Taj Mahal… I am impressed with how still charming it is even if you look at it in different angles and sides.
People Visiting Taj Mahal
Tourists paying a visit on this fabulous touristy site are tolerable, I must say. The flow of people is organised but yet you have to be quick and patient when getting to a spot to have a great profile picture with the main mausoleum. Mostly, tourist hires a photographer to take their pictures. These photographers think they own every spot inside the complex asking others to move out to give way to their customers. I had one experience of such situation, well… I’m a paying visitor and they shouldn’t do that to me! I had blared out, “we’re still taking pictures, right?” and they walked away afterwards. Sorry to behave like that.
A Closer Look of the Main Mausoleum
Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is regarded by many as the superb example of Mughal architecture, a style that integrates elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
Taking pictures inside the main mausoleum is prohibited but one can take snapshots of its exterior.
We spent almost 4 hours getting around the Taj Mahal complex. There are still few mosque and structures surrounding the main mausoleum that we weren’t able to visit as we were already satisfied with what the main mausoleum has.
Our visit in Taj Mahal opened us into different thoughts about seeing things, places, people and culture. It gave us more insights about how spectacular the heritage in India is.
It was said that the existence of this structure is nearing to its end but I hope the country can still do something to conserve and preserve its statue. As majestic as the history and heritage of India, Taj Mahal is truly a superb masterpiece combined from architecture, people, culture and history.