In my short life of 25 years so far, I would say I have been to a fairly good number of destinations. Although I haven’t spent much time out of the country, except for the one summer I spent with my maternal uncle and aunt in Halifax, I have explored quite a bit of India. I have seen the pristine beaches of the south and the mighty mountains of the north; I have spent time in the quaint monasteries of the northeast and I have also admired sprawling fortress of the west. And with the exception of a rare few, I have been smitten by almost every corner of this beautiful country I visited.
However, it wouldn’t be right if I say that I am equally in love with every part of this nation. We all have our favorite places in the world just the mention of which evokes the memories of the incredible time that we spent there. For me, that place is Agra. I still have a vivid memory of the first time I got the opportunity to visit this place and behold its gorgeous white marvel named Taj Mahal with my own two eyes.
It was my first year in college and I along with my best pals embarked upon a road trip to this majestic city on the banks of the meandering Yamuna River. The four of us spent two entire days admiring the best that it has to offer and had the time of our lives; I know at least I did. Even after living less than 250 km from this remarkable place, it took me 20 years to finally capture it. But it was worth every second of the wait. Here’s a brief about my trip:
Day 01: Delhi to Agra by road (5 hours), Visit to Taj Mahal
Since we left early in the morning, we had arrived in the Taj Nagari a little before noon. And I must say that the road journey was no less exciting, bringing us across numerous roadside dhabas serving delicious food.