What is there to say about the Taj Mahal? The iconic tomb, created out of love for a wife, lives large in a traveler's imagination; it may be the main reason you've booked an Indian river cruise in the first place. A stop in Agra is the centerpiece of all Golden Triangle tours and so you'll want to make the most of the stop.
The Taj Mahal is a creation of the Islamic Mogul dynasty and Agra remains a Muslim city, even today. From your hotel, you'll hear the call to prayer, and the women on the street are often fully covered. The Taj Mahal has no dress code, but you'll have to take your shoes off to go inside. Some guides provide shoe booties that serve the same purpose.
Note: It's a three-hour drive between Delhi and Agra, so settle in (the buses do take breaks at surprisingly modern highway rest stops). Keep your eyes out the window, however; the scenery changes from urban to rural once you leave city limits and the green fields can appear restful after the chaos of the city.
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