Travelers across the world have one desire for sure – they want to travel the whole world. The world expedition is incomplete without visiting “the seven wonders of the world”. Is it?
Most of us would agree on the fact that visiting monuments becomes commonplace in terms of the experience we have as we already have visited a lot of them! But traveling is also about exploring new ways to travel the old road. An old adage goes as – It’s not the destination but the journey that matters! But what if you had an opportunity to go for an amazing journey only to land upon a more amazing destination – TAJ MAHAL.
Taj Mahal is situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India and the best way to get there is fortunately via New Delhi, a hub of travel and tourism. The best months to be here are August – February as post that the Indian summers set in and this area is prone to heat waves! Also, do not forget that Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
You could book your flights from across the world to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Delhi is also well connected from major railway stations in India. Once you reach Delhi, there are a lot of options available to travel to Agra from Delhi, but none of them equally thrilling than the one I suggest.
The “Yamuna Expressway” which connects Delhi (Greater Noida) to Agra is undoubtedly the highway 1, California of India. It is the best road to be upon if you love romancing with the wind while driving your car. There is much more than just the speed that the road offers! There are moments that give you the feel of infinity as the road merges with the earth’s horizon. A view of the countryside towards each side runs all along. The sun rises and sets on either sides of the road making it advisable for you to travel either during morning or evening while the sun rises or sets. There are times when the train runs parallel to the road adding to its beauty. You are extremely fortunate to travel during monsoon as a beautiful rainbow is spotted often. The interplay of the sun rays emerging from beyond the clouds give a perfect vibrant tone to the sky when it’s partly cloudy. Do not forget to carry your camera if you love to capture the beauty of nature. The road is full of public convenience stops. Restaurants are plenty in number and you have the luxury to choose from a variety of cuisines in some of them if hunger strikes on. You could rent a car in Delhi if you are not local and have traveled long to reach Delhi. Zoom car is a viable option and really value for money. They offer you a variety of cars to choose from and are available through a simple app. The vehicles they offer are sophisticated and installed with gadgets for navigation, safety and so on!
The destination, of course, is a wonder in itself. The magnificent mausoleum with minarets carved out of marble is a symbol of LOVE. You can spend a day in Taj Mahal just roaming around and appreciating the beauty of this colossal structure. The white color gives peace to the mind. Travelers from across the world visit Taj Mahal every day only to feel the quintessential bliss of love. Yamuna river flows effortlessly with a soothing sound on the back of the monument. You could also plan to stay in Agra for another day and visit other local attractions like Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-daulah’s tomb, Akbar’s tomb, Jama Masjid, and Fatehpur Sikri. You could also stay in hotels ranging from luxury like the Oberoi Amarvilas, ITC Mughal, Trident etc. that make you experience the Mughal way of life to budget but extremely amiable like Bhawna Clarks Inn. I hope that this article provides you with all the essential information and encouraging reasons to plan a trip to Agra soon!
To experience the road vicariously: watch the Journey Song from the Bollywood movie Piku as Deepika Padukone, Irfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan enjoy the nuances of the road!