Taj Mahal, Agra, India
In March 2004 I made a business trip to India and managed to arrange a few days to see some of the key sites in new Delhi, Jaipur and Agra along with our good friends Jim and Emily.. This is now an opportunity to reprocess some of those old images shot on a Canon 10D camera and bring them into the light.
The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan, the builder. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year and in 2007, it was declared a winner of the New 7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.
We stayed at the The Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel which was very close to the Taj Mahal therefore giving us early access to the site before it got too busy. On reaching the hotel we had some tantalising views of the Taj Mahal over the trees in the distance. That first evening after we arrived we took a brief visit to see the Taj Mahal from a slightly different angle – from the Yamuna River at the rear of the site. This gave a somewhat different perspective in the failing light.
The next morning we headed out early and managed to view the wonderful monument with relatively few people around. The views over this magnificent monument were simple spectacular and I could not stop taking photographs.
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