My wife and I arrived at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India shortly before sunrise, and were surprised by the large number of people already waiting in line to get in. We took our places in the separate men’s and women’s lines, and met inside the walls of the symbol of eternal love. From the time we arrived, to the time we left, the amount of tourists on the grounds seemed to exponatially grow.
By the time we return for sunset along the Yamuna River, the crowd had swelled to an incredible size. The line was terribly long and terribly slow moving. From our vantage point on the river, we could see people snake around back of the Taj Mahal and slowly make its way inside.
All of the guide books say “Get there early!” I guess I just didn’t realize how serious they were.