Taj Mahal 2018

As I mentioned on Monday, after our full two days in Rajasthan, we went on a pilgrimage to see the Taj Mahal. It was quite the trek — a full 5 hour drive from Rajasthan, and then 4 hours back to Delhi, but when in Rome…. How could we not see the Taj Mahal? Although it was an incredibly long day (on no sleep as the wedding was the night before), it was pure magic.


It was quite the racket to even get IN to the Taj Mahal. First of all, we had to be dropped off by our car 2 kilometers away and walk to the gates. We had not eaten a thing that day (we left before breakfast and street food was not happening for us), so the walk felt like miles and miles……but once we got through the ticket purchasing, the security, and all the lines, we saw this. MAGIC.


There were mainly locals visiting the the Taj Mahal. For foreigners, the cost of the ticket was 1000 rupees. For locals, it was 40 rupees (about 65 cents).

We tried for a good hour to get the photo of me touching the top of the Taj Mahal, but with the heat / our hunger / our exhaustion, we didn’t get a single good shot. Plus, it was quite embarrassing as everyone would just sit there and look at us struggling to get the photo……

This was our only good photo, and my instagram shot of the day.


So yes, it was a very long day, but it was worth it just to have the experience of seeing the Taj Mahal in person.  Our trip to India was exhilarating, tiring, exhausting, fun, exciting, and beautiful. I am so happy to be home with the kids and real food (salads and western food, YES PLEASE) and yet also so appreciative for this travel adventure. YOLO.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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  1. Working for Austrian Airlines for 20 years I have been around the world many times over and yet the Taj remains my biggest regret not getting to cross off my bucket list!!! Great pictures and glad you persevered and powered through many obstacles to get there!!!
    Fab the Doorman!!

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