My affair @ The Taj Mahal *wink wink*

I have visited the Taj Mahal twice, once with family, once with friends. Its breath taking beauty left me awe struck both the times.

Since I know the local language, and how things work around in India, I thought of listing a few factoids about visiting the Taj Mahal, added with my special tips (and a a bit of gossip in the end)!

  • Plan your day of visit beforehand. It remains CLOSED on FRIDAYS!!

  • Taking a motorized vehicle or a cart to travel from the main gate to the main grave: Easy on your feet, there is a lot to cover inside the boundaries of the Taj, why tire yourself right from the beginning..? Do not overpay! The cab are cheap.
  • There are three entry gates- Eastern, Western and Southern. Don’t panic/wait up if you a see a long queue of people waiting for tickets at the entry. There is an other way round 😉

taj mahal  

  • Hiring a tour guide: They have memorized word by word each fascinating point about the monument. Hire a government approved guide as they have specific charges. Although no scope of bargaining, but at least you won’t be running into the risk of interacting with unauthorized or suspicious people.  

    

  • Getting a token of remembrance after visiting. The gift shops around are OVERPRICED. Do not buy from there in the name of authenticity. You get same stuff outside, in Agra city for 1/10th price!

mini taj mahal

So I am done sharing some general knowledge, most of which applies to other parts of India too. So reading them, is a win-win 😀 Here are some other snaps 🙂

Basically this recent one was a memorable trip with friends, one of them I was head over heels in love with from previous two years, but never had the courage to speak up to. And that courage finally surfaced in the most romantic place I could think of.

(Well, I have modified the truth a bit, but what the hell, I want my kids to read this in future :P)

You can distinctly see seven people in the above pic, posing in front of the glorious Taj. Me, my newly confessed love, and the others who pulled our leg for umpteen days for get all lovey-dovey (thanks to the Taj effect :P).

Visit the Taj, you will fall in love with its beauty if not something/someone else! 

#  I should have named this – Blog of a romantic fool 😀

P.S : official site of Taj Mahal

~ my first bucket-list ~

I love travelling. I don’t like travelling alone, but I have come up in terms with myself to enjoy solo-rides too 🙂  

I thought of making a list of means of transports I have used and which can I put into my own small (first) bucket list.

Courtesy wiki.answers, here is a list of modes of transport; ones uncrossed are yet-to-be taken:

  1. Airplane  (more than 2 dozen times)
  2. Bus  (more than 10 dozen times)
  3. Car  (almost every day)
  4. Canoe (looking forward to this)
  5. Donkey  (it was basically a breed of donkey you find in hilly areas of India)
  6. Expressway  (in capital city of India and many national highways)
  7. Ferry  (when I visited Mumbai)
  8. Freeway (while travelling in India and Oman)
  9. Glider (not yet)
  10. Hot air balloon (can’t wait for this one)
  11. Horse (Yeah!!)
  12. Inflatable raft (this will have to wait)
  13. Jetpack (I don’t think I’ll be using this in this lifetime 😛 But, not giving up)
  14. Kayak (this too, not yet)
  15. Lorry (yes, yes, yes 😀 this was a fun story I’ll probably be penning down later)
  16. Motorcycle (absolutely)
  17. Naval fleet (nope, not happening in this lifetime)
  18. Oxen (a cart driven by oxen, yes. But actual one, no)
  19. Palanquin (not yet)
  20. Rocket (not happening :D)
  21. Subway (absolutely)
  22. Taxi (the days of college)
  23. Unicycle (bicycle YES, tricycle YES, but unicycle NO)
  24. Van (yup, I drove around 10 people in my van)
  25. Waterway (Oh, loved it)
  26. Yacht (soon, I hope)
  27. Zeppelin (I din’t even know this existed)
  28. Zipline (it was way too fun to forget :D)
  29. Scooter (for many years with my Dad)
  30. Railways (Finally, last year)
  31. Tonga (School time) 
  32. Bullock Cart (Yeah! :D)
  33. Bicycle (yes, for four years EVERYDAY)
  34. Tricycle (as a kid, sure :P)
  35. Truck (not yet)
  36. Trailer (Looking for a chance :D)
  37. Parachute (would love to)
  38. Helicopter (Can’t wait!!)
  39. Camel (Yup, three times)
  40. Elephant (Only once, but it was fun)
  41. Mule (yes :D)
  42. Autogyro (would love to)
  43. Reindeer (this I don’t know when)
  44. Yak (No idea when and where)
  45. Sledge (not anytime soon)
  46. Chariot (nope)
  47. Cart/Rickshaw (Yes, hundreds of times)
  48. Carriage (not yet)
  49. Tram (looking forward to this, soon)
  50. Moving walkway/Moving sidewalk (at airports)
  51. Roller shoes (have to learn- to do list)
  52. Skateboard (have to learn- to do list) 
  53. Ski (have to learn- to do list)
  54. Moped (have to learn- to do list)
  55. Jeep (yes, drove one :D)
  56. Ship (Ah, had an amazing time)
  57. Luxury Bus/Car/Boat/Ship (Not soon :D)

Now these form my short term goals :

  1. Canoe
  2. Oxen
  3. Palanquin
  4. Yacht 
  5. Truck
  6. Trailer
  7. Parachute
  8. Helicopter
  9. Chariot
  10. Carriage
  11. Tram
  12. Roller shoes 
  13. Skateboard
  14. Moped

I hope by next year I have at least a few of these crossed out 😀

Cheers!