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It’s hard to think of India without the Taj Mahal coming to mind. Like most visitors, I made sure to visit this Wonder of the World while on the subcontinent. Agra, the city that is home to the Taj Mahal, was not like Siem Reap, the affordable oasis of awesomeness that hosts visitors coming to see Ankor Wat.

Essentially just wanting to see the Taj and be on my way, I took an overnight bus from Delhi to Agra and another overnight bus to Rishikesh the following night, giving myself a full day of Agra.

In addition to the Taj, Agra is also home to an impressive fort, which is definitely worth seeing.

There are certain places that achieve iconic status around the world, and the Taj Mahal definitely falls into that category. As for the palace itself…it totally lives up to the hype. The Taj Mahal truly is a site to behold and literally puts the “awe” in “awesome.” After touring as much of the palace and its surrounding structures as allowed, I spent hours sitting on the grass, marveling at the pure splendor that was before me.

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