Taj Mahal Experience with Tinggly

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The Taj Mahal does not need to be introduced to anyone.

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As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it must be visited by every human at least once in their lives. So here we are, in Agra, finally exploring the ultimate monument of love and pride of India.

This time, instead of traveling independently, we wanted to try something different. We decided to try one of Tinggly’s experiences: a private full-day tour to the Taj Mahal from Delhi for twoApart from visiting Taj Mahal, the tour also included discovery of the epic Agra Fort and the architectural wonder – the Tomb of Akbar the Great in Sikandra. Moreover, we paid a quick visit to Akbar International – a government sponsored shop dedicated to preserving native craftsmanship. 

One of the biggest advantages of this trip was the fact that during the entire experience we were accompanied by a professional guide, learning the fascinating and emotional history behind these buildings and marble – the precision and beauty of their designs.

Our Taj Mahal Experience

Our tour to the Taj Mahal from Delhi to Agra started early in the morning. At 7:45 am we were picked up by a private driver from the hostel and kicked off this exciting day in comfort with an air-conditioned vehicle.

After 4 hours of driving, we were welcomed to Agra by our private tour guide – a lovely lady named Sheela, who shared all stories not only about the city she loved, but also about her beloved country.

We’ve found out that Taj Mahal was built in 22 years (1631-1653) with the orders of Shah Jahan. It was dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum), the wife of Shah, who he was truly in love with (the rest of his marriages were for political reasons).

We were told that 20.000 workers labored and 32 crore rupees were spent during the construction of the monument and it was built according to Islamic architecture.

No doubt it is one of the Unesco world heritage sites – it’s truly a masterpiece!

We spent few hours exploring the monument. Time flew. We were taking pictures, listening to Sheela’s stories, walking around different parts of Taj Mahal and admiring its beautiful gardens where we had a chance to sit in the sun.

Agra’s Fort

Next we drove to the walled city of Agra, that was constructed of red sandstone by 4000 builders over a period of 8 years.

Agra’s fort is another UNESCO World Heritage Sites, that once housed some 500 buildings.

Agra Fort is very impressive and our guide provided interesting insights into the site’s history.

We highly recommend it to be explored although you may be a bit tired after spending so much time at the Taj Mahal.

Akbar International 

After a guided tour we were taken to an expensive sovereign gift shop which we honestly were not interested in.

We were initially taken through a simple demonstration of how stone embedding in marble was done. After this, we were taken to the expensive show room with the most exquisite pieces of marble in Agra. That being said, price is a very personal matter.

You could bargain and go with your feeling of what the pieces are worth to you.

In the meantime our guide took us to a nice restaurant with an open buffet where we tried a lot of different Indian dishes – from butter chicken to garlic naans and local soups.

Our driver on the left and Sheela – our guide on the right. Thank you both!

That was indeed a great day exploring Agra and we both fell asleep in a car on the way back to our hotel in Delhi :-). And now we also know what is awaiting someone who gets a Tinggly gift of travel.

Have you ever heard of Tinggly? Have you visited Taj Mahal?

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Agness Walewinder
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65 thoughts on “Taj Mahal Experience with Tinggly”

  1. Suze - LuxuryColumnist

    I always remember the picture of Lady Di at the Taj Mahal, it was so sad. Looks like you had a truly amazing visit

  2. Hae Agness,
    Loved your post :-)
    Seems you guys had really fun,and I hope you guys tried out with the with local chaat items which is very tangy and spicy and obviously yummy as well.;-)

  3. Awesome tour. I can tell, because I took a tour similar to this one.

    Our package was 7 days Golden Triangle (Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Amber Fort, Sikandra, Taj Mahal, Jaipur and I believe Akbar Int’l also)with hotels and breakfasts and private driver with local tour guides in every area we went for #306 pp in 2012. I’m sure the price had gone up, but it was such a deal then.

  4. This might seem horrifying, but we’ve never visited the Taj!
    I’ve been almost to the whole of India and maybe it’s one of those things – you put it off because it’s your home country :)
    Now that I’m in the UK, I have to ensure to plan a longer holiday to pay a visit!
    A tinggly tour seems like a great gift idea! :)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Oh I see. You should definitely get there. If you’re a travel blogger you may be also interested in working with Tinggly :-).

      1. I do need to get there! Haha, it’s shameful :P
        I do write and I should give it a thought! :)
        Cheers Agness :)

  5. Definitely a place I will be visiting when I travel India (no dates set yet). Seems like an amazing country to explore!

  6. Nice write up. Indeed those gifts are quite expensive and the prices are usually increased by 4x-5x and they pretend like offering huge discount to you.

  7. Basil John Mandy

    I enjoyed this post particularly as I went there with my family some time ago. I’ll always remember that we took a photo of all of us in front of the Taj Mahal but when it came out we were
    obscuring the Taj and could have been anywhere!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      We also took a lot of pictures in front of the Taj Mahal and it was truly a great memory! Best souvenir ever. The picture of me and Cez there is sticked to my room’s wall :). Each time I look at it I can stop smiling! :)

  8. Amazing post. I have been to India and Agra, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is known for the monument of love and it is a feast to eyes and senses to watch the beauty of Taj Mahal on the night of full moon day. I just loved that place.

  9. Good info and beautiful images. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiace. Looks like had good time.

  10. I never heard about tinggly before and i haven’t seen TajMahal yet. But it was a nice informative blog. Thanks for sharing us your experience.

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