12 Aug Useful information to arrive to the Taj Mahal
We are talking about a place also known as the “Crown Palace” and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is a complex of buildings with more than 3 centuries of history. Located in Agra, the Taj Mahal is something unique for all the senses. Neither this monument nor the city – where you will also find marvels like the Itimad-Ud-Daulah Mausoleum, the Red Fortress or the Chini Ka Rauza tomb – can be missed.
What you should know about the Taj Mahal
How to arrive: this complex is located in Agra, a city with more than a million and a half inhabitants situated 200 kilometres far from the Indian capital. You can travel from there, from Delhi, by train.
Why it is so important? Built by the muslim Emperor Sah Jahan in the shore of the Yamuna river, it has to do a lot with love. Concretely, it was projected to honour his favourite wife: Arjumand Bano Begum.
Price: you must pay the 750 Indian rupees to access. We are talking about 0.05€.
Entries: the west entrance is the main one and the most accessible one if you arrive in tuk tuk. The East entrance is located to the Fatehabad and, the south one is the less common way to arrive here.
Recommendations: be careful with the public transport as the traffic is a real jam. The tuk tuk is one of the most chosen ways to discover Agra. Take also care as temperatures during summer can rise to the 45ºC.
Agra is also a gastronomically city, where you can taste many typical dishes of the Indian cooking.
A walk in Agra
Not everything has to be the Taj Mahal and, moreover, if you are going to stay in one of the cities with more heritage of India. Once you arrive to its streets, you have to discover the many things you should visit such as the Red Fortress, built by Akbar as if it was a Palace. This monument has nothing to envy the rest of the city ones. The Itimad Ud Daulah Mausoleum is another interesting place you should plan to visit, but it is not the only one, you can also discover the Akbar the Great one, built by his son to honour him. The Ram Bagh Gardens are really a wonderful place to rest. Don’t forget to take a look to the Chini Ka Rauza tomb, the first Minister of the Shah Jahan, the emperor who ordered the Taj Mahal.
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