I never imagined I would ever visit Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his love Mumtaz, since my first visit to the place when i was in my 3rd grade. I hardly remembered anything from that trip. This time I went for an interview and it to my delight got delayed by 4 hours. Gave a thought and went out straight with my camera.
Destination : Taj mahal and the markets of Agra,india
Auto rickshaws charge a mere 100/- to get to the place from where I was staying. Reached there in approximately 30-45minutes. Remember the road condition is pathetic when you enter the old city that starts as soon as you start seeing the Yamuna river. Well Yamuna in Agra is nothing but a mere agricultural canal. This is the impression you will get upon watching the river. Finally after a 100 meter walk from where the auto rickshaw left me Taj welcomed me after buying tickets to enter the premises charged a mere 20/- for Indian nationals. It was good seeing “No littering here” board displayed and Indian Military Personnel doing the hard work checking what people are carrying while entering the complex.
The view of the main building amidst the lush green gardens was stunning. It opened my eyes as what would be the inside scenario. Slowly as I walked inside the main gate. There I was with a clear view of the mausoleum straight in front of me. Awestruck I was. Better I cannot describe the feelings in words..you’ve to get it. Splendid Mughal architecture with a touch of medieval Islamic texts scripted on marbles. A pure masterpiece of those times.
As I was walking around the long pathway with fountains in the middle I spotted a large variety of birds to my surprise. Clicked a few of them. Failed to give much time to the shootings because the tourist rush was immense and it was hard finding the perfect frame. Trolled the western and the eastern minars, the main Mosque of those times and finally I was standing underneath the minrets that will never fall over the dome in case of an earthquake. Golden thought of the emperor to protect his love for ever.
It took a roughly 50 minutes to tour the entire complex. Since I was in a hurry so I could not give much time to it. But whatever I gained in that 1 hour time, its a lot to cherish for as long as my memory stays clean.
Here are certain photographs I have clicked. Enjoy.