One Best Thing in India ?

#1 Sep 17th, 2018, 16:20
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I noticed some IM members saying that they did not particularly "rate" the Taj Mahal as a "must see" building. This started me wondering if I see it as spectacular, because thats what I am told to expect?

I do rate it, but there are many buildings to compare in wonder in India. Which man made constructions would you say was your favourite in India, and why?

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Hi O&R,
On my first trip I was going to give it a miss because the whole "yeah, went to India, saw the Taj" thing struck me as a bit of a cliche. My wife, thank God, insisted we went. I was totally gob-smacked by it and had tears in my eyes as we went through the big gate and I raised my head to look at it and take the whole thing in.
We'll be going again!
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The Taj is a wonderful and iconic building,so if you are in the area it would be daft not to see it.
Sadly it is in Agra which in my opinion is a hasely shit hole. Needless to say I wont be returning anytime soon.
I have a number of favourite buildings /structures in India. the Jamma Masjid in Delhi is one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon.It is not just the building but the whole ambiance.
I also have a thing for forts,my favourite being the massive complex of Bidar,the fort in Jodpur aint to shabby either. Oh and the ruins around Hampi are pretty stunning.
Of course all this may change after my next trip around the temple towns of Tamil Nadu.
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Disclaimer - I have never been to the Taj.

It is a difficult question but probably my favourite monument so far is the Qutb Minar. But it could be the splendours of the ruins at Hampi. Or very possibly the Jain temples at Ranakpur. These are my top bricks and mortar. Then again, the bridges of Kolkata are iconic as is the Victoria Memorial.
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In 13 trips I also have never been to the Taj and don't care if I ever go.

My thing are the temples of Tamil Nadu. My favorite is Gangaikonda Cholapuram near Tanjore.

Although I was in Hampi last year and the sites there surely rivaled it .

Also the stepwells I've seen in Rajasthan.

I can't pin it down to only "one best thing."
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This one is quite unique: https://www.indiamike.com/india/biha...3/#post2098748

It also happens to be my avatar!
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If I were to use a building as an avatar I would also use a site in Bihar. I don't think it is often visited, the tomb of a person in Indian history that I admire..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post If I were to use a building as an avatar I would also use a site in Bihar. I don't think it is often visited, the tomb of a person in Indian history that I admire..
Sher Shah Suri, Sasaram?
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No one mentioned Ajanta and Kailas at Ellora
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We have seen a lot of "bricks and mortar" in India over numerous visits, must admit the Taj is nearer the top but Sanchi or the Golden Temple are higher up on my list with Hampi also. Very difficult to pinpoint one place that is the highlight of a country. I know that Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of them or the the Temple at Luxor and the list goes on....
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Bricks and mortar: Jaisalmer Fort

Nature: The view from the Rohtang La (on a clear day!)

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My post was prompted by a couple of comments in another thread that said something like "If I had to queue and could not book online, I wouldn't visit the Taj".

I was rather hoping to hear why that was, and which constructions they would queue up to see.

I agree that it is pretty hard to pick one favourite in India, so many great places to see!

I had tears in my eyes too at the Taj, but also love the southern temples, Ajanta and Ellora, Golden Temple, Bijapur, and many many more.

Hampi is one place folk all seem to rate, not been there myself.

The Golghar grain store is certainly a one -off !

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post I was rather hoping to hear why that was, and which constructions they would queue up to see.
We only can see what we plan before we come. Tajmahal experience not long wait. But for experience in elephant ride up to the Jaipur fort, we wait one hour. This was important. I only visit twice in India.
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post I was rather hoping to hear why that was, and which constructions they would queue up to see.
Because of my background and interests, I have stood in line for over two hours for Vatican Museums, in the past, when there were no online ticketing, about an hour for Louvre. My first visit to the Taj was as a guest of ASI, and the last visit, on a foreigner line, about 10 minutes.

Lalbaughcha Raja, the famous installation of Ganapati in Mumbai takes the cake in terms of wait time. The long wait times in India are typically to functioning places of worship. They might little or no historic architectural value. For a functioning and of no architectural value (maybe some) the two hour line for black Madonna at Montserrat, Spain was a total waste of my time (and I knew it going in....yet, a compromise and a promise, small inconvenience for elBulli)

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