One of the greatest ways to admire Agra’s grandeur is on a boat cruise. You may enjoy the breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal from the Yamuna River during this 30-minute boat trip in traditional Indian fashion. This activity is enjoyable at both sunrise and dusk.
Dusshera ghat is eerily quiet compared to Agra’s centre. Just a few hundred metres away, throngs of tourists pour through the eastern gate of Shah Jahan’s masterpiece to the calls and yells of vendors hawking trinkets or guided tours. Down on the river bank, the only sign of life was a couple of old men huddled on a cluster of stone benches, chain-smoking, while another slumps perpendicular to them, half comatose and staring into space, as if unaware that right behind him was the world’s most beautiful building.
Shah Jahan had Mumtaz Mahal’s Taj Mahal erected in her honour after she passed away on June 17, 1631, while giving birth to their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. The tomb was built in 1648, five years after the surrounding structures and garden, which had begun construction in 1632.  The imperial court’s account of Shah Jahan’s sorrow upon Mumtaz Mahal’s passing exemplifies the love tale regarded as the source of the Taj Mahal.