Cameras were not yet born when the Taj Mahal was built. But some prophecy must have told its builders to build something that every camera and camera holder would love.
The way they have given an outward slant to the Minar’s so that they look straight in perspective or the way they have joined together simple elements that when put together look so elegant is just what the cameras today love.
When I was traveling through Spiti Valley in Himachal, I was told that you do not need to be a photographer, you can point your camera anywhere and you are bound to get a good picture – for the place is so damn beautiful that it is nearly impossible to get a bad picture. I could say the same words about Taj as well.
You just point your camera toward this pristine white building and you cannot go wrong with your picture.
You can click the Taj from the front, from the back, from the side, from a distance, or from close up, you will always smile at the result. You can go in different seasons or at different times of the day to get a different background and the white Mahal would reflect a bit of surrounding to give you a different mood, to make you feel as if you are meeting a different building while remaining distinctly just that.
Iconic Taj Mahal images
I also noticed that the way the walkways are allowed around, almost everyone gets a clean image of the monument. In fact, later at the UP Travel Writer’s conclave in Lucknow, I got to hear that the authorities have made sure that visitors can always get their iconic Taj Mahal image and nothing comes between them and the monument. I was thankful and I was impressed.
If you look at the parts of the Taj Mahal in isolation – they are quite simple. There are no complicated carvings. Even the inlay work is simple – it is the finesse that it is done with that makes it special. The way all the pieces come together to be a masterpiece is worth appreciating. If I have to translate it into Management Jargon, it is a perfect example of average workers coming together as a brilliant team.
I enjoyed playing with the Minar angles and clicking through the arches.
I liked the Red sandstone as much as the sparkling white of the Taj. Yes, the white shines through and shimmers as sun rays play with it, but the Red sandstone has an elegance that is difficult to match.
Whenever I visit these monuments that have a whole economy running around them, they bring prominence to the region by sheer presence, I feel the greatest contribution of such monuments is that they still continue to be a source of livelihood for so many and a thing of joy for even more.
These creations may have served a small purpose in their creator’s life, but for generations, they feed the people who take care of them, people who tell their stories to the visitors, and even more important than that is the joy it fills in the people who visit it. I saw people looking at it as a dream come true. There were many who saved for years to be able to visit the Taj. I saw the excitement on their faces as they stood in long queues to get the first glimpse of the monument. It was a pleasure to see them posed with an ear-to-ear smiles on their faces – just as they had dreamt of for years.
Those 22,000 builders of the monument must be smiling somewhere in the sky looking at the creation they left the world with. And a creation that was fortunate to catch the world’s eye in a way that is well taken care of.
Practical Tips to visit the Taj Mahal
- Do visit it early morning if possible, as soon as the sun rises and the gates are opened for the public.
- Visit once when the sun is setting. I visited it from the Mehtab Bagh in the evening. And you get pretty good shots from there too, including the two red buildings on its side.
- If you can, plan to visit during a full moon night and go for the evening view. For me, this is still pending.
- If you want to see the real graves of the couple – Shahjahan and Mumtaj Mahal, visit it when the underground chamber is opened to the public once a year. Since they follow a lunar calendar you need to check the date in the year you plan to visit.
- Avoid going on Saturday morning, as the water in the fountain, channels are filled on Saturday. And you would miss your reflection shots on this day.
I visited the Taj Mahal more than 30 years ago as a primary school kid. I had some vivid memories of visiting it. It was not so isolated then, we could just take a rickshaw or a Tonga to its gate. Buy a ticket and walk in. Today you probably need a full day to visit it.
What to read
There is so much written about the UNESCO World Heritage site. I have nothing much to add. Go to the ASI website for the most authentic information or other World Heritage Sites in India.
Recommended you read Places to Visit nearby and in Uttar Pradesh on my Travel Blog.
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Beautiful photos! Visiting the Taj was one of the best days of my life!
Yes Veena, Taj is a very photogenic monument.
It’s a nice place, and actually Agra is a nice place to visit, not only Taj Mahal. 🙂
Yep, there is so much more to Agra than just Taj…wait for some more posts on Agra.
Stunning pictures.. Taj Mahal, regardless of how many ever times I visit always fascinates me..Bought back fond memories.. Thanks for sharing.. 🙂
Thanks Arun. Taj Mahal is stunning indeed, difficult to take your eyes off it, when you are there in front of it.
Taj mahal is one of the seven wonder in the world. It is build by Shah Jahan, grandson of Akbar the great, in the memory of his queen ‘Mumtaz Mahal’. It is located in Agra and made by white marbles. Taj Mahal is one of the best tourist places in India.
Thanks for adding the basic information that I missed in the blog post.
Amazing pictures Anuradha.
Thanks Ami, a lot of credit goes to the muse itself.
Like the close-up shots of Taj Mahal walls. 🙂 Good tips given at the end of the post.
Nice blog with nice pictures…..
Nice frames of the iconic one.
Thank you Niranjan, the monument itself is very photogenic
Your pictures are stunning! Make me want to visit asap! Love the different angle through which you have captured its beauty!
Your tips are definitely useful!
Thanks Aditi. Happy that you enjoyed the post.
Beautiful pictures! So much detail here in all the buildings! I hope we can visit the Taj Mahal soon! India looks amazing. So nice to meet you at TBEX!
So nice to have met you at TBEX Alyssa. Hope to see you soon in This India.
Tajmahal has got a symmetry that draws attention of camera frames from around the world.
Very true George
Nice photographs and description of Taj Mahal
Thank you Sh Yadav.
Childhood dream fulfilled twice. We have so many pics of morn & eve of Taj. Truly enjoyed our tour thru India.
Wow. Glad that you enjoyed Taj Mahal so much.
Miss/Smt. Anuradha Goyal,
I really enjoyed photographs of the structures in pretious stones, clicked by you.
The eminance and perfections of the carvings are beautifully copied by your optical
device. Wish you success in camerawork in Indi Tales.
DASAN P S.
Thank you, Shri Dasan Shankaran for your kind words and best wishes.
nice clicks ma’m
Hi Anuradha Mam
That’s another amazing post on Inditales.com.
Thanks for that mam.
All of the details which you mention are very helpful while exploring.
We must Follow all of them while guiding.
Anyways, that’s an amazing post. Keep up the Great Work.
ALL THE BEST
Taj Mahal is a sign of love. It’s a very beautiful monument. Every year so many people visiting “TAJ MAHAL”.
It’s in made in Octagonal shape. The way you express each and every angle of taj mahal it really needs appreciation.
I like your photography really nice click. I like the front view of the Taj Mahal and the Entrance Gate of Taj Mahal in your pictures.
Thanks for this precious article, Keep it up.
The blog is really very informative and the images are great, and all we know the beauty of taj is incredible.
I would like to suggest everyone to visit taj mahal during the cultural fest of Agra – Taj Mahotsav
visit taj mahal during taj mahotsav highly recommendable