Agra Essay

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Up close you would understand why it is included in the list of the 7 wonders of the world.It is rightly recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". Taj Mahal is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took almost 11 years for it to be built and thousands of artisans and craftsmen. It is definitely worth a day's visit.

New year had just waltzed in and it was almost a year since I had completed my post- graduation and was actively involved in anything. I called up a friend and instantly made up a plan to travel to some nice place nearby as we had a few days on our hands and nothing to do. Me and my buddy packed our backpacks for a 3 day trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. We decided to take the train instead of the bus as it only took only a few hours on a train to reach there. Although, the new Yamuna Expressway (opened in August 2012) has reduced the travel time by road from Delhi to Agra to under three hours. Alternatively, you can fly from major Indian cities, or take a tour from Delhi.) On reaching Agra Cantt. We were excited like little kids. After all it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. We took an auto which dropped us just a mile away from the Taj. The place wasn't that clean, but it improved as we marched further towards our destination. The authorities responsible for cleanliness could definitely do a lot to ensure the cleanliness in the areas near the monument that is part of our national heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was disappointing to see the state of the place nearby one of the seven wonders of the world.

A little further on the way to the Taj, we were a little surprised to find camel-carts welcoming the tourists. Camels are usually found in Rajasthan, but it was nice to see the festivity in the atmosphere even on an ordinary day as the camels and the vehicles were decorated. After getting our tickets we proceeded towards the entrance gate. I'll be honest, I was less than enamored when I saw the Taj from 200-300 meters distance, but as we approached the monument and saw it up close it was clear why the Taj Mahal, built by the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the world. There were plenty of guides hovering outside the Taj to take the visitors down the memory lane. Although they could do with a little lesson in manners as they virtually impose themselves on tourists. Entering the Taj, the proof was there for us to see why it is regarded as the finest example of Mughal Architecture. The grand monument against the backdrop of azure skies above was mesmerizing to say the least. We didn't need a guide as we had our Smartphones at the...

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