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Agra: Immortality in Marble

Romola Butalia, Editor, India Travelogue, pays tribute to the Taj Mahal.

Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal, which for many all over the world is a symbol of India. The Taj Mahal evokes emotions. How can you stand before the Taj and not be awed by it's architectural spendour...by the history that surrounds it and which almost breathes still.

If Shah Jahan sought immortality through the creation of the Taj...he certainly found relative immortality in the remembrance of him. Whether or not he wanted to have his tomb, or his supposedly undying love for his wife Mumtaj, forever under public scrutiny, his final place of rest remains a constant hub of activity...of generations of the descendants of his subjects, and of others the world over.

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But yes...the Taj Mahal must be visited. Because without it...the history of India remains incomplete...and it is a nation that has a living tradition of history, as few nations do.

The Taj is a reminder of the glory of India, and of it's wonder. In today's terms it speaks of an excellence that remains unsurpassed by centuries of time.

How To Get There

By Air: Agra is on the regular tourist route Delhi/Agra/Khajuraho/Varanasi and return. Flights connect Agra to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi.

By Rail: Agra lies on the Delhi to Mumbai broad - gauge railway line. Express trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, and Chennai halt at Agra.

By Road: Agra is connected to other cities of Uttar Pradesh as well as Delhi and Rajasthan by excellent bus services.

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Editor: Romola Butalia       (c) India Travelogue. All rights reserved.