Day#1 in Taj Nagri:
I checked into the Hotel at around 9:00 AM. Since, we had 3 days at our disposal so we were not in hurry to see anything but to have some good sleep. After waking up, we went straight to the hotel’s rooftop restaurant as it promised a Taj View
from the top. Taj Mahal’s upper dome is visible from the rooftop, but I don’t think it was a very big deal, all hotels in the vicinity have that view (you can come to this conclusion only if you have visited or stayed in/around that location).
Below is the view as seen from my digital camera:
After spending few minutes on the rooftop, we went downstairs to go for a casual stroll and to inspect the outside area.
View from the street:
Since, the Taj Nagri area is under heavy make-over, half of the road was dug-up from Shilp Gram to the first police check post.
But, the road was found to be in worthy condition after the first police check post.
It was getting dark so we headed back to our hotel room and call it a day.
Day#2 in Taj Nagri:
After freshening up, we went to the Shilpgram (walkable distance from hotel, 15 minutes) to purchase tickets for Taj Mahal. I forgot to mention that Taj Mahal’s East gate is the entry point from this side.
It being a VIP entry gate, you find many military personal and couple of men from Agra Police guarding the area 24x7. Their presence made us a bit secure in this part of Agra.
Please note, personal and commercial vehicles are not allowed beyond the first check-post. Hence, you had to park your vehicle at the Shilpgram parking and board a battery powered cart or small bus (Shuttle Service) to get to the Taj Mahal. It’s a 1.5 kms walk to the East Gate of Taj Mahal from the parking area, so it’s individual’s choice to take the shuttle or not. We decided to board the shuttle. It will cost you INR 10 per person.
In my opinion, Shilpgram is the best place to buy the Taj Mahal’s entry ticket. As, being a VIP entry point, there is hardly any queue on the ticketing window.
Now, let the pictures speak for themselves.
The East Gate:
Entry gate to Taj Mahal: