Tips on how to see the 7 Wonders of the World without the Wait (and the Crowds)

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    A pretty useful guide:

    http://www.concierge.com/ideas/hotspots/tours/502683

    Here's the first example - with the rest at the link:

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    Crowd source: Mark Twain once wrote: "I saw it in the daytime, I saw it in the moonlight, I saw it near at hand, I saw it from a distance; and I knew all the time, that of its kind it was the wonder of the world." Clearly Twain wasn't at the Taj Mahal in 120-degree heat, pressed bodily against the more than 3 million people that surge annually through its gates.

    The shortcut: The Taj Mahal opens at 6 am every day except Friday (when it's closed for prayer). Tour buses don't start arriving in earnest until mid-morning, so to have the spiritual experience most imagine, be waiting at the gate when it opens. But what most people don't realize, India expert Bob Payne says, is that if you check the lunar calendar, you can visit by moonlight. For two days before and after the full moon (except if it falls during Ramadan or on a Friday), the Taj Mahal is open from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am, after the day-trippers have boarded their buses and trains back to Delhi. And there's no better way to see a temple of love than with the proper mood lighting.
  • misternick

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    Very cool, thanks for posting!
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    Aug 25, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    I have an even better idea. I stayed in a nearby hotel(a very cheap hotel) that had a rooftop restaurant/lounge. I stayed up there most of the day and night just seeing the Taj Mahal at various degrees of sunlight/moonlight. I never got bored! You can also, from that perspective, see when the crowds are less to go see it up close.
  • kew1

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    Aug 25, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    That's what we did at Chichen Itza - stayed overnight & went at opening time. We had a good 3-4 hours there & left as the hordes attacked.
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    Aug 28, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidA pretty useful guide:

    http://www.concierge.com/ideas/hotspots/tours/502683

    Here's the first example - with the rest at the link:

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    Crowd source: Mark Twain once wrote: "I saw it in the daytime, I saw it in the moonlight, I saw it near at hand, I saw it from a distance; and I knew all the time, that of its kind it was the wonder of the world." Clearly Twain wasn't at the Taj Mahal in 120-degree heat, pressed bodily against the more than 3 million people that surge annually through its gates.

    The shortcut: The Taj Mahal opens at 6 am every day except Friday (when it's closed for prayer). Tour buses don't start arriving in earnest until mid-morning, so to have the spiritual experience most imagine, be waiting at the gate when it opens. But what most people don't realize, India expert Bob Payne says, is that if you check the lunar calendar, you can visit by moonlight. For two days before and after the full moon (except if it falls during Ramadan or on a Friday), the Taj Mahal is open from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am, after the day-trippers have boarded their buses and trains back to Delhi. And there's no better way to see a temple of love than with the proper mood lighting.


    Thanks for the expert tips. Turns out I will be in India for a month in December. I've been there before but this time I have the incredible opportunity. A good friend of mine was invited by an executive of a super luxury hotels chain called Taj Hotels, free of charge. My friend invited me. It promises to be the stuff of a dreamlike vacation.

    I had to buy my plane ticket and I don't have much spending cash, but everything else is taken care of. Food, transfers, transportation between cities, safari's, tours etc.

    I can't wait.

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    Aug 28, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    miamimasseur saidI have an even better idea. I stayed in a nearby hotel(a very cheap hotel) that had a rooftop restaurant/lounge. I stayed up there most of the day and night just seeing the Taj Mahal at various degrees of sunlight/moonlight. I never got bored! You can also, from that perspective, see when the crowds are less to go see it up close.


    I may have stayed at the same hotel 6 years ago. It wasn't far from the Taj Mahal. It was small and family owned. The owners were really nice. They made me a delicious dinner. I ate on the roof top, at night, in a warm breeze overlooking the Taj Mahal. A great memory.

    And the hotel was very cheap.
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    Aug 28, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    I didnt like the Taj Mahal at all.. I preferred Machu Picchu
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    Aug 28, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    That Seven Wonders of the World site is great. Navigating through crowds makes the experience a little frustrating for me and there is some great advice that can be used at other incredible wonders, like Angor Wat, Machu Pichu, Giza etc.

    Thanks again.