As mentioned in this space before, my wife and I woke up early to visit the Taj Mahal. We arrived before sunset and stood in (separate) line(s) before clearing security and heading to the world’s greatest monument to love. Touring the Taj, every guide book said arrive early and beat the crowds.
I was amazed at the amount of people in line to get in at sunrise, but was even more stunned at the amount of people in line later in the day. In late-afternoon, the line wrapped around the fringes of the building before winding its way for a peak inside.
The foreign tourists were allowed to wander directly in and take the “shortcut” into the Taj. The “Nationals” had to go through heavier security and take the “long way” in. I’m not sure of the reason why, but it was nice to see so many locals coming to Agra, India to tour the site none-the-less.