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  1. Ryan Biddulph
    June 17, 2018 @ 2:45 pm

    The old scrilla can always open doors for you 😉

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  2. Andrea Comia
    June 21, 2018 @ 12:24 am

    Wow I didn’t know about this! Thanks for the tip! I am planning to go to Taj Mahal next year hopefully if all goes well 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      June 21, 2018 @ 10:52 am

      That’s awesome, Andrea. Try this, it will save you both, money and time 🙂 Finally, I hope you have a great time in India 😀

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  3. Jane Dempster-Smith
    January 16, 2019 @ 10:52 pm

    Such a great tip, thank you for sharing. The Taj Mahal is on my list of places to see in India. It is incredible not only from the actual building but the story. I will be the one turning up at 5.30am.

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    • dankiteski
      January 17, 2019 @ 8:01 am

      Thank you, Jane and I hope you get the chance to visit soon

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  4. Hendrik
    January 17, 2019 @ 1:26 pm

    Perfect, this is a great hack how to do it. Amit, I will remember that name when I hopefully make it to the Taj Mahal in the near future. It is high on my bucket list and I would love to see this impressive building one day with my own eyes. I seriously hate to get up very early in the morning, that’s why I really appreciate such tips. Also, the impressions you share here about the Taj Mahal are beautiful, such a palace!

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:37 am

      Thank you, Hendrick and I hope you get the chance to visit the Great Taj Mahal someday.

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  5. Sinjana Ghosh
    January 17, 2019 @ 7:17 pm

    The tip of visiting Taj Mahal before its official opening time is great. That’s the best way to get those perfect shots and enjoy quality time. I didn’t know of this way to bypass the foreign tourist ticket price.

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you, Sinjana- I’m really glad you liked this post.

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  6. Paul
    January 17, 2019 @ 9:39 pm

    Very handy tips. Personally, I loved being there for sunrise even though it meant getting up early. Well worth it. It’s one of those big attractions that never fail to disappoint no matter how many times you see it.

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you, Paul and I’m glad to hear you could get some useful tips from this article.

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  7. Paula
    January 18, 2019 @ 6:29 am

    Very interesting and useful! Thanks for sharing. It’s always good to know some locals since ultimately, they are the ones who know all the tricks and best places to visit. Taj Mahal sure is beautiful and I hope I can visit someday. I will remember these tips, and try to find someone who can help me.

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you, Paula- I hope these tips come in handy when you decide to visit the Taj.

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  8. Soumya Gayatri
    January 18, 2019 @ 1:36 pm

    Taj Mahal is beautiful and I agree that it is not to be skipped even though it is thronged by thousands every day. I had no idea about this workaround to beating the queues at the Taj. I guess in India for everything there is “jugaad”. You just have to look in the right direction!

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:40 am

      That’s so true, Soumya, in India, there’s a jugaad for everything 🙂

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  9. Vaisakhi Mishra
    January 18, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

    The guides in Agra, both for Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri are very helpful! I don’t like a lot of crowd when I visit a place, so guess for me going there early morning was the best thing. But like you said, even when you go during peak hours, the beauty of Taj Mahal makes it all worth it! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:41 am

      Thank you, Vaisakhi. I’m glad you liked this post.

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  10. MEENAKSHI J
    January 20, 2019 @ 2:08 pm

    I have been to the Taj Mahal umpteen times and discover something new every time I visit it. And, as you said the wee hours of the morning is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of this wonder! But, I am not sure if I would suggest or accept bypassing the rules and regulations put down by the authorities. IN a way, I feel it is like encouraging people to be corrupt.

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:58 am

      As much as I would like to agree with you, the fact that rules are in force doesn’t mean that they are forever and that should not be questioned. In this case, as a foreigner, I felt discriminated having to pay a fee which is 20 times higher than an Indian resident for experiencing the same thing (1100 INR vs 50 INR) and waiting in the same long queue. Not to mention that it already cost me a small fortune just to be there. The guide had a similar perception and a few other people I met on the way. If even locals don’t particularly agree with the rules and the fact that me “breaking” the rules, it means something isn’t right. I would end this with a quote from my favorite books (Wall and Piece) “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.”

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  11. Bhushavali N
    January 20, 2019 @ 10:43 pm

    Haha!!! Interesting way you managed to hack your entry! I did something similar in Vatican Musuems!!!!
    Its been more than a decade since I last went to the Taj Mahal and I had the film roll camera then!
    I should go again, the whole Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur, Mathura trip…

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    • dankiteski
      January 21, 2019 @ 9:49 am

      Thank you, Bhushavali- I’m glad you liked this post. It’s cool that you managed to do something similar in the Vatican Museums. I hope you get the chance to visit the Taj again.

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