Taj Mahal, counted among the Seven Wonders of the World is an eye-delight to most of its visitors. And why shouldn’t it be? Built using Rajasthani Makrana Marble, it defies many world’s architectures with its grandeur and beauty. The translucent-ish nature of the marble allows lights to pass through it, though in a very insignificant proportion. This makes Taj Mahal shine and hence it glows in a moonlit night.
While COVID-19 has wrecked us in many fields, it couldn’t take us on our imaginations and choices. Today I am going to take you to another virtual tour to the Taj Mahal while you sit back and help to flatten the curve. Hold your horses and be prepared to amuse yourself with the beauty of the Taj.
This virtual tour is no different from the Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal’s. But if you haven’t been there virtually, let me reiterate some of the basic things to you.
Things Worth Noting
Here are the few important things that you should consider before proceeding to this virtual tour of the Taj Mahal.
- Winter is about to end in India and the month is February.
- The weather is a bit sunny with clouds scattered all over the blue sky.
- We are in the heritage city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is situated.
- You are with me and we are going to explore today one of the seven wonders of the world
Your Expectations With This Virtual Tour
This might not be the tour you want but it can be the tour that’ll rejuvenate you. Whether you have been to the Taj before or not, I’ll strive to make this virtual tour as interesting and fun as possible. That being said, know that:
- You and I are friends (hey, buddy!).
- Everything being showed here is in chronological order.
- Since this is virtual, focus on images as much as you’ll do in reading.
Ready to take off? Let’s go.
Reaching the Taj Mahal
Being good travelers, we have done our homework and managed to reach the West Gate of the Taj Mahal via an Uber ride in Agra. As soon as the cab dropped us outside a rustic gate, you went into bewilderment as there was no Taj Mahal visible from the gate. But since I have been to Agra and visited the Taj Mahal many times before, I become your driver.
“Here, come this way.”, I started walking on a pavement going inside. I told you that the Taj Mahal’s main gate is approximately 100-200 meters from here. You exhaled some air of satisfaction, then.
We can see some Caddy moving up and down the road but we preferred walking. Soon enough we reached the ticketing window and passed the security check and finally entered into the Taj Mahal’s complex.
As we kept walking you pointed us to see styled walkways on both sides. Just like this:
Next, the main entrance to the Taj Mahal became visible. What was it called? We read about it on the Internet, don’t you remember? It is known as the Great Gate or Darwaza-i-Rauza and here’s how it looks. Tall and beautiful.
“Ah, there”, you pointed as you saw the white dome behind the walls of the gate. The excitement is on another level and we can’t wait to quickly get inside after we cross the gate.
The gate! It is really huge compared to the gates of today’s world and undeniably beautiful. We saw inscriptions in Urdu and wondered what it is?
As soon as we crossed the gate, making our way between the crowd, we both shattered. It is like that ‘reality’ vs ‘expectations’ meme. This much crowd, not at all fun. See:
But anyway all our disappointments turned into joy the moment we geared our necks in front and saw the full, wide-view of Taj from our own set of eyes. I can’t tell you. You have to watch it yourself.
I can’t refrain myself and I have to click some good pics, I mumbled as I was hurriedly setting up my Canon EOS 200D. This piece of gadget + my iPhone calms my creative satiations.
Look at these pics that I took as we were walking towards the Taj Mahal.
Passing by the people who were trying to lift Taj in their photographs, finally, the cowboys are standing very close to the Taj. Can we not be with views like this forever?
“Take the left turn and we will be up at the pavilion,” I instructed. The pavilion? You asked. The two identical structures we see on both sides of the Taj Mahal. One of them is a mosque and another is a guest pavilion. Remember those alluring Instagram photos? Those were shot from here.
Since the sun sets this side, we are seeing the white marbles of the Taj marbles in a yellow hue. And it is still very beautiful. See:
We moved like good boys but the queue was long and the excitement to finally summon in front of the Taj Mahal was at the peak. Anyway, quickly, we did reach the very top and now we can’t even see the main dome of it. We’re so close. Watch this:
The next task is to take a 360-degree revolution of the Taj Mahal while taking the beautiful shots of the Guest Pavilion, mosque and the Yamuna river flowing behind the architecture. The sun was setting and it was really a beautiful building. Perhaps, you can understand from these pics:
After spending more than an hour, you asked to take photos from a good position. So we start coming down the Taj Mahal to reach the garden complex in front of the Taj. “This is a good point”, you said as you took a beautiful shot of me trying to pose well. See your shot:
Satiating our urges with some good clicks, we are now ready to get out see what’s outside the East gate of the Taj Mahal.
We exited from the Taj Mahal complex and see what we are seeing now. Souvenir market and a Lord Shiva temple. Time to take some souvenirs back to our places, we laughed and joked as we went to the market lane.
1- Minute Video Tour
I thought you would like to see this 1-minute video tour. Watch this, it should act like extra cheese on a Pizza. Please don’t say that you don’t like extra cheese. Anyway, enjoy it.
That’s how we concluded the journey. Did you enjoy visiting the Taj Mahal with me? Nay? Yes? What are you saying? I can’t hear ya, use the comment box, please.
I hope you are enjoying these virtual tours amid this panicking pandemic. If so, please count your good friends and share it with them. Also, if you haven’t been to our virtual tour of Hawa Mahal, you can click here to visit.
See you soon, buddy.