Visiting India is incomplete without Taj Mahal.

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Hello Friends,
Most of the tourist from outside of india must visit frequenty Agra specially Taj Mahal. But why? I also visited there 2-3 times but did not find any thing special over there.

Wellcome the opnions of all of you.

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I've been many times in India but only once in Agra (in my first trip). Have no idea of visiting again Agra, is not my favourite town in India.

Taj Mahal is really impressive but is not a reason to travel to India as Angkor in Cambodia.

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Taj is great

Whenever you visit one of the 'Wonders of the World' it always looks less than it does on pictures. I mean: the Eiffel Tower in Paris looks golden in floodlights but is just a rusty chunk of metal during the day. The Pyramids are encroached by the Cairo suburbs etc.

The Taj Mahal is always beautifull any time of the day and what's more: it looks much better than in the pictures! I've visited Taj in the rain, in the fog and in the sun and it never stops to amaze me. Should you visit India only because of the Taj Mahal? No, but if you are anywhere near (say 500 kilometres) don't miss it.

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Personally, the Qutab Minar in Delhi is my favorite monument.
It seems that many miss it.
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In four trips to India, I still haven't caught up with the Taj. I have an irrational superstition that when I do, it will be my last visit to India, so I'm staying away for now.
My favorite monument is tied between the Jain temples in Mt Abu and the Brindeshvar temple in Tanjavore.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder........

I have visited Agra and the Taj including the other historic monuments in Agra on numerous occassions. I have been lucky to be able to just sit there and look at the Taj from different angles (including once from the Jamuna's river bed at night) and at different times of the day and at different times of the year. To date this monument has not failed to amaze me. First if history is to be believed, just the thought of the love and passion with which it was made, the dedication of all the artisans who spent so much time and effort in carving the various details in the marble, the sourcing of all the raw materials etc from far flung places in the world....

My favourite time in the day to visit is early in the morning, to watch the sunrise slowly change the look of the monument itself. Sometimes from a distance it looks like a large cake and as the sun rises it just begins to glow.
In the early morning it is like visiting a temple or a church and being able to peacefully meditate at the same time just sitting there. I must admit whenever I have been there during the day, when it is very crowded , the Taj tends to loose its magic somewhat. But then it becomes a fun place to just sit and people watch.
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I did not go to see Taj in my first trip to India. coming back home, I regretted it and I thought I missed out on something. so on my second trip to India, I went to see it. I find that my journey now in India is complete.
I think you cannot miss the Taj if you go to India. it is outrageously pricey for foreigners, compared to the prices Indians pay to see it, but I heard they are working on making the prices the same. so if the price for a foreigner to visit the Taj will go down, then you shouldn't miss it on your trip. it is a grandiose monument.
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Originally Posted by IVAN Personally, the Qutab Minar in Delhi is my favorite monument.
It seems that many miss it.
nice one Ivan.

Now taj mahal is ofcourse a wonderfull building. But agra is really a shit place when it comes to hassle and rooms etc.

Is it worth it?

Well Im glad Ive seen it, but I would not go again...
Would I reccomend it?
Only if you Have to see nice buildings etc.
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I've been to India twice from Nov-Jan 1994 and February 2004. I didn't do much in 1993/94 but in 2004 I said to myself "You have to go and see the Taj Mahal!" So, my brother, sister-in-law and myself went to see the Taj Mahal on the 22/2/04. Even though I'm an Aussie, my sister-in-law can speak perfect Hindi and bought tickets for me and my brother while we waited around 50 metres away, so we got in for cheap. Anyway, words and pictures do the Taj no justice at all! I stayed there from around 3pm to sunset, and just had a great time soaking up the atmosphere. When I go back in February 2007 with 3 other mates, I'll be taking them there, because they've never been to the Taj Mahal before, so hopefully they'll feel the same way I did when I first went. The Taj Mahal is a must for the first-time traveller to India, and then once you have that out of the way, continue on with the rest of the country.
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"visiting India is incomplete without visiting the taj" I think you maybe meant to put a question mark after this quote omjaijagdishhare!
Is it a true statement to say that visiting the US is incomplete without seeing the statue of liberty?! I have lived here all my life and never seen it. The Taj is a symbol of India, however there are many things in India that more acurately portray this wonderful country as is here in the US, such as the Grand canyon etc...
I hated Agra, and did not find the Taj to be that impressive especially hearing the stories about how it came to be and how its workers were treated. The temples of Ranakphur were in my opinion so much more beautiful and meaningful to see. I saw the Taj though, cause I wasnt sure if I was going to miss something.

It is a huge shrine to ego more than love, for if one truly loves then they would not have worshipped one individual at the expense of many many others. Just my opinion, of course.

BTW: if you are going to Agra, be prepared for extreme aggression from touts etc and also pollution. I is very smoky and dirty. Cant ya just tell how much i loved Agra?!
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We have seen the Taj twice and have enjoyed it but I must admit our visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar is nearly up there with the Taj.Apart from being there at the totally wrong time of the year,June on a day with 47 deg it truly is worth a visit.
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Originally Posted by BlueRose Is it a true statement to say that visiting the US is incomplete without seeing the statue of liberty?!
Id take that further and say: You have not been to the US unless you got inside the statue of liberty!

No seriously.

I would say Agra is one of my top three worst (lets get out of here) towns in India.

But having that said, the Taj remains One hell of a building.

I would like to se a Indian version of "King Kong", with Hanuman the monkey on top of the Taj, fighting of army dudes, that would be cool!
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Taj Mahal

Personally I was not charmed by all the marmer and perfectness. I don't felt much soul in there. Even the storey that some guy build it for his wife after her death seems to me a kind of extravaquant.

India to me seems covered with ruins of old cities and mysterious places many of them much more facinating to me then the Taj Mahal.

Even walking between mass tourism coming by busses gives me a kind of boredom and the associated feeling of a sunday afternoon which I had sometimes as a child at tea time on Sunday afternoons. Yakkee.
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I guess its one of those things. I have been to the Taj on numerous occasions and have always enjoyed it - but the thing is these famous monuments can overshadow some of the less known places. (Qutab Minar is a good example) It's the same here in the UK. Tourists want to go to London or Edinburgh and see the tower and the palace etc - but I feel there are often more interesting things to see in the UK that may not be in the guidebooks. People will often go for the obvious I suppose.

I have always been in awe of India's natural beauty rather than the man made monuments - like the Kullu valley or the Kerela backwaters for example. I would rather take a visitor to the UK to Derbyshire or Yorkshire or the Norfolk coast, rather than having them visiting the usual tourist attractions in London.

Its the same the world over I guess!

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Originally Posted by Ikuru I would like to se a Indian version of "King Kong", with Hanuman the monkey on top of the Taj, fighting of army dudes, that would be cool!
Ikuru, that is really funny, LMAO! and the comic picture is priceless, I think you have stumbled onto the makings of a great little story, satire etc....

Chris, you are also entirely right. The thing is that these famous monuments do over shadow other lesser known and terrific places. Often it is these lesser known places that truly capture the essence of place.

Here we have the Taj, and it is beautiful, however the real stunners IMO are the Ellora caves and the Jain temples of Ranakphur.

I tried to post photos of both Ranakpur and Ellora cept it wouldnt let me, darn!
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