When She Saw the Taj Mahal for the First Time #ErtigaHolidayDiaries

By Mridula Dwivedi January 11, 2017 40 Comments

We decided to travel to Agra for a short trip on the 1st January. A few hours into the journey it felt like everyone else was also doing the same. We did not take the Yamuna Expressway, beyond Mathura the traffic caught with us. It was a party of women and children, my daughter Chhavi and I, with my friend Monika and her children Tanya and Kartik.


Sikandra, Agra #ErtigaHolidayDiaries

It was already 3.00 pm by the time we reached Sikandra. We decided to visit Sikandra on the New Year day instead of Taj Mahal. We would to the Taj Mahal the next day; it was a change of plans due to the traffic congestion. For everyone else it was their first visit to the Taj. Still no one complained about the change in the plans!

Look Ma I can Fly!

We were on the road since 8.00 am. We had taken a short lunch break and yet due to traffic we were only at Sikandra by 3.00 pm. Still the children were full of energy, jumping around all the time! The trick is to keep their stomachs full and they rarely complain about traffic jams and such! And it is fun documenting the travel for the #ErtigaHolidayDiaries


What Not to Do!

I use the trips to discuss things with the kids about our heritage and how we should not damage it. It is easier to teach such things in front of a wall like that rather than at home without any context!


But, where is the Taj Mahal?

It was a foggy day, when we finally visited the Taj Mahal on January 2, 2017. I was the one who took my nephews to Taj Mahal for their first visit. I still remember their look of amazement when they saw the monument for the first time from the royal gate! I missed seeing that expression on my daughter’s face as there was hardly any Taj Mahal to be seen from the gate that day.


I Can Hold the Taj Mahal #ErtigaHolidayDiaries

However, her antics made up for the missed first look. Our entire group took turns to hold the Taj Mahal! And we were not alone, this spot is popular with tourists for the customarypose. I wonder what Chhavi will say when she looks back at this picture at the age of 16!


To Be Cherished for Years!

I am sure we will go back to the Taj Mahal but the first time with my daughter is always going to be special! I hardly ever get my own pictures clicked but even I was willing to pose for this special moment. The family pictures were clicked by our guide Yousef who is an excellent guide.


Her Trademark Pose for the #ErtigaHolidayDiaries

It is difficult to get Chhavi sit still for the pictures but she was willingly getting clicked at the Taj Mahal. She took a keen interest in the explanations Yousef gave about the monument. She told me, “mom let us come back soon with Vasu.” I call them ‘double trouble’; Vasu is my niece.


Books are Good!

Chhavi wanted a book about Taj Mahal as a souvenir. We bought it home too! Now it is our task to read it out to her!


The Taj Mahal!

For us 2017 started on a good note! I consider it a good omen to travel on the very first day of the year!




I anyway travel a lot because of my blog but it is a lot more fun to travel with the family. I hope in 2017 I will travel more with my family!

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40 thoughts on “When She Saw the Taj Mahal for the First Time #ErtigaHolidayDiaries”

  1. This took me back to the first time I’d visited Taj 🙂 Some great pictures here..Give my love to all the kids, and its wonderful that you are teaching them to preserve our ancient heritage. Wish you all a very Happy 2017

  2. So you have enjoyed a lot in the begging of this year, good to know about your journey.
    Liked your heading in the writing, now a days our heritage sites are being damaged by so called “majnus and Lailas”, their show off is much more than their depth of love.
    Shots are amazing, specially ‘but where is the TajMahal?”.

    1. Thank you so much Jyotirmoy! I wish the Laila and Majnu find another way of being immortal! At Sikandra as far as the hands can reach, it has been defaced. I wonder why are we so uneducated in the real sense!

  3. I don’t want to go there to visit Taj Mahal as I think there are so many structures in this world which are much more beautiful than this . But I have to go , sometime with friends and sometime with family . वो कहते हैं न : ना ना करते प्यार तुम्हीं से कर बैठे ………..

  4. Such a lively post Mridula 🙂 Taj Mahal somehow isn’t still on top of my bucket list. Way too many places to go to 🙂 But will definitely do this sometime 🙂 Cheers.

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I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

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