India was my first trip ever using a tour group and I loved it. I had great travel mates (mostly Australians) who helped me balance out the chaotic streets and sensory overload that was India. The Taj Mahal in Agra was one of the tour's stops, so we had a few hours to soak it in.


The Taj Mahal, meaning “Crown of the Palace” is an ivory-white marble mausoleum in the city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Metal detectors to enter the premises.

The fountains were not working when we were there.

Everybody's doing it. Why not me?

Take your shoes off before walking into the structure.

No photos were allowed inside.


There is a mosque right next to the Taj Mahal.

Here is the Yamuna river right behind the Taj

Here is my awesome tour group. My first exposure to Australians was a positive one!


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