This weekend I visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It was a great experience. ”The Taj” (as our guide kept calling it) is truly a Wonder of the World. Some random money related facts about the Taj Mahal:
- Taj Mahal actually means “crown palace” which is odd since it’s a mausoleum.
- It is believed to have cost 35 million rupees to build the Taj Mahal. (That would be about 1 million US dollars.) Considering it was built back in the 1600s, that’s pretty impressive.
- The Taj Mahal attracts from 2 to 4 million visitors annually.
- The current charge of admission is 500 rupees (around $13 USD) for non-Indians, and 20 rupees for Indians. Admission comes with a free bottle of water. They don’t take US dollars anymore though.
It’s hard to express how truly impressive this things is. Few things in this world really make an impact on me when I first lay eyes on them. Besides my children, over the past 10 years only the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal have truly blown me away upon first visual.
If you’re ever close to the area I recommend taking the 4 hour drive from Delhi down to Agra. It’s definitely worth the drive and price of admission.