Clearly, the Taj Mahal is a 'must do' on a visit to India. We opted to do a day trip from Delhi to avoid the logistical challenges of dealing with luggage on the train for a second time (the first was our trip Jaipur from Gurgaon). It's about a 2 hour train ride from Delhi to Agra. A train departs early at about 6 am with a return at about 8:30 pm. We negotiated for a cab driver for the day for about 700 rupees. It was helpful not to have to worry about sourcing a ride at each attraction. We arrived at the Taj Mahal, went through security and were confronted with a lovely red-brown brick structure.
We approached and admired the arch and floral decoration.
Floral accents were embedded in the marble.
We completed our tour and exited the way we had come in. It's amazing the lengths that Mughal emperor Shah Mahan went to to commemorate the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Some kind of excavation (rumored to be the base of the Taj Mahal's twin) sat in the center of the park.