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The Taj Mahal, Agra
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The Magnificent Taj Mahal

You never get tired of looking at the Taj Mahal. We breakfasted each morning on the rooftop of our hotel and we had a magnificent view over the tree tops to the complex.

We were even drawn to the our rooftop view in the evenings when we returned after a day of sightseeing. The different shades of the evening light were enthralling.    

Taj Mahal, Agra
The view from our hotel rooftop of the Taj Mahal as evening settles over the city.

The usual view is to walk down the red stoned entrance way of the outer courtyard to the arched doorway through which you can see the white magnificence that dominates the inner courtyard. 

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The white magnificence of the Taj Mahal.

I’m sure the designer had this in mind when he planned the layout of the comlex. It’s a wonderful contrast. And as you go through the archway and look across the grass and the fountains at the whiteness flanked by two red brick buildings, well, you just fall in love.

Taj Mahal Agra
Women collecting firewood on the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra.

The previous day we had spent on the banks of the Yamuna River, which flows directly behind the Taj Mahal complex. It was interesting seeing the Taj Mahal from this viewpoint. We just sat and looked – much like we did when we went to the Pyramids at Giza. The locals minded their goats and collected the wood for their fires, and we just looked at the Taj Mahal. 

Taj Mahal Agra
The locals tended their goats, and we looked at the Taj Mahal.

But you will want to get up close eventually to see the stunning detail of this building. It must have cost a few bucks.

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Detail in the entrance way
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The view from our hotel rooftop of the Taj Mahal as evening settles over the city.

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