A VALENTINE WEEKEND IN AGRA
One of the world’s most recognisable symbols of love is the Taj Mahal. Visiting the iconic monument is one of the top things to do in Agra and India. It’s perhaps not a stretch to say that this is on the list of places to see for every traveller in the world. It is particularly true for couples in love looking for a very special Valentine’s Day, fall in love with Agra in February.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE TAJ?
The monument was created by Emperor Shah Jahan for the love his life, Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj’s history, beauty and aura are unmistakably haunting and can thaw even the coldest of hearts. For a sight that’s sure to raise the hair on your neck, visit the Agra Fort. Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb in this massive fort. Standing at the small area from where Shah Jahan spent his last seven years staring at the Taj is a profoundly moving experience.
In the last few years the tourism department introduced Night Viewing of the Taj for visitors. The tickets for this 30 minute viewing must be booked in advance. There’s possibly no sight as romantic as the white marble of the Taj glistening under a full moon and the whole poetic image being mirrored in the serene reflecting pool.
The Taj is the most popular attraction in India and visiting it on Valentine’s Day with your partner is not a path-breaking idea. Thousands of couples will be looking for the same experience and will be smart about making their bookings ahead of time. Rooms go fast as do train tickets and night viewing opportunities. It’s important to make advance booking especially if you are looking for somewhere romantic to stay as all the best rooms will get snapped up quickly.
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