How we saw the Taj in under 25 minutes.

By Protima Tiwary

Considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, lakhs of tourists come down to Agra to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the Taj Mahal.

They say unplanned trips make for the best memories. What they don’t tell you is that “best memories” can be a best bad memory, or a best good memory.

A business trip to Delhi gave us a few hours in hand to do…well, nothing. And guess what yours truly, a mad(wo)man bitten by the travel bug decided to do?

What followed was a grueling 2 hours trying to book tickets on the IRCTC and Goibibo apps, with payments failing and seats getting filled and tempers running high.

11:27am- first glimpse of the Taj Mahal

11:29am – we’re quickly walking towards the monument through the gardens.

“It’s okay if we miss the bus, if we have come here let’s see the whole thing.” I chuckle because the Taj Mahal has finally managed to impress the boy who wasn’t keen on traveling in the first place

We have 15 minutes now We have just entered the main area of the monument.

We have 10 minutes with us Quickly walking around this humongous monument, looking around,

We have to leave in 5 Boy decides to check out ALL the chambers inside the Taj Mahal. I decided to hyperventilate.

We ran through the stairs leading down from the Taj Mahal into the gardens. We ran across the grounds as the most beautiful monument in the world watched us leave.

12:05pm- we’ve collected our baggage, and are on our way to the main road in a cycle rickshaw.

Hope you enjoyed our once in a Lifetime experience of the Taj, Stay tuned for more!!