We had 15 minutes or so for photos after we rushed in, then we spent some time with our guide to learn a few things, and then we had a couple hours on our own to wander around.
Being there in the dark fog was pretty magical. And yes, there were plenty of other people there, too, but it definitely got much more crowded later. Go early!
I was very comfy and warm-ish in my hoodie and sneakers. But those Instagrammers who came in here with sundresses and full makeup, whoa.
I'm sure you know the story about why this was built. If you don't, go Google that. But short story, Shah Jahan, who was imprisoned over at the fort across the way, built this for the tomb of his favorite wife. He's buried in here, too. The entire complex is totally symmetrical, with the Taj Mahal in the center and two buildings on each side, one is a mosque. The only thing not symmetrical is inside the tombs, where each of them are buried. Slightly different shapes and sizes of tombs, and you can't take photos inside of that part.
It started to get really foggy as I walked around the back of the complex.
Looking from the Taj Mahal back to the entrance.
I'm dark, but I'm in this.
I thought it was pretty cool. But I will say this at the risk of an unpopular opinion - the Taj Mahal is certainly beautiful, but it didn't blow me away like I expected it to. Since I visited it towards the end of my trip, I'd already seen SO MANY incredible places that this just was another one of them. I probably liked other palaces and temples more than this. If you're going to India to see the Taj, cool, but please consider getting to other spots not in the Golden Triangle, because it's all really amazing!