Taj Mahal at dawn

Taj Mahal at dawn

The Taj Mahal at dawn. This is one of those instances where I lugged my tripod around northern India only to find that I wasn’t allowed to take it into the Taj Mahal compound ! I’ve been told since that I should carry a bag of lentils to substitute for a tripod when I need one. Handy tip, although not one I’ve remembered at any point when it would’ve proved useful.

~ Spotted Cow

Taj Mahal at sunrise

The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most photographed buildings, and yet it still has the power to take your breath away.

When I was in school, I read that the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal to commemorate his wife Mumtaz.  The tomb is built of marble which gives it an air of coolness and serenity, which – true or not – is how I imagine this eternal wife to be.

We were there – the bro and I – at 6.45am to watch sunrise. It was an effort given that we had arrived into Agra well after midnight, courtesy of an unhurried Indian train. But it was worth it. The marble changes hue with the mist and the sun rise, and you will be clicking away with the best of them.  There will probably be a queue to get your picture taken on the same bench that Princess Diana did.

The Taj is most impressive in its entirety, but get up close and inspect the inscriptions and the inlays.  Also, make your way over to Agra Fort after stopping for breakfast. Late in life, Shah Jahan was imprisoned at the fort by his son, in a tower whose balcony has a view of the Taj Mahal.

~ Spotted Cow

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