Prying yourself out of a soft and comfortable bed at an ungodly hour of the morning before the sun has even risen is always a challenge. You will want so badly to close your eyes and drift back into sleep, until you remember what is waiting for you if you do get up. The strength it takes to stretch your limbs, rub your eyes and get moving will be rewarded immensely when you watch the sun come up over one of the most exquisite buildings in the world.
When the first rays of sunshine hit the translucent white marble of this incredibly ornate structure, it starts to radiate with a golden glow. You have seen it in countless pictures, but nothing compares to standing in front of the Taj Mahal in real life. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600s as a mausoleum for his wife, the Indo-Islamic style of the Taj Mahal honours God through geometry and symmetry.
The symmetry and geometric perfection of the building is apparent as you approach it, walking down the long pathways past elegant landscaping and reflecting pools. The closer you get to the Taj Mahal, the more its intricate beauty is revealed. The structure is equally stunning from 3 inches away as it is from 300 metres away, as the surface of the marble is covered in complex patterns of Islamic instructions and inlaid precious stones such as lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, onyx and cat’s eye. You could study it for hours, running your fingertips along the smooth surface of cool marble and shimmering stones. It’s a gorgeous symbol of everlasting love that will take your breath away.
Seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise not only gives you a chance to see the white marble domes light up as the sky brightens from the pale lavender of dawn, but it also allows you to beat the crowds and admire the building without large throngs of people milling about in your photographs. Take a quiet moment to sit by the reflecting pool and soak in the view. After the sun has risen, you will have the rest of the day to explore the other cultural wonders of Agra or you can head back to the hotel to nap during the heat of the afternoon.
We provide an experienced and highly knowledgeable guide for your Taj Mahal visit who will enhance the experience. Your guide will let you know the historical significance of this world famous monument and will explain the meaning and significance behind some of the most fascinating architectural details: elements you might miss at first glance. Your guide can also give you advice and information about any other attractions and historic sites in the nearby area.
We hand pick the most professional, informed and personable guides who will be able to make sure that your early morning sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal is a memorable travel experience worth getting out of bed for.
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