Ohhh – Aaah – Waaah Taj !

I was recently in Agra to attend a Master Chef class with Master Chef Dinesh Patel at the Radisson Blu, Agra. And as a ritual; a visit to the Crown of the Palace (I mean Taj Mahal guys) was a must. And since I was going to be busy with work till sunset hours, it meant that my ages old dream of enjoying the views of this one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a synonymous to love and romance during a sunset was going to turn into reality.

I don’t think I need to talk a lot about the history and other details of this ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra. 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” and also described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”. It is regarded 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. It is an inspiration to countless photographers and artists who have tried to capture its many subtle nuances of light and shade. Taj Mahal continues to captivate people worldwide with its history, its design, and its symbolism of eternal love.

This time, I wanted to capture the beauty of this spectacular building on my camera at the sunset hours, but as I walked in through the main gateway, I was taken aback and lost all the interest. One of the four tall minarets was covered with scaffoldings, and this ruined the entire beauty. I was further saddened when I went towards the Yamuna Bank behind the Tomb.

More scaffoldings, I fail to understand WHY?

If a repair work or cleaning process is going on –

Why was the monument open for public?

Why were we charged for the Entry tickets?

Was this not an act of cheating tourist by ASI?

Why cant the work be carried out at a fast speed and while this goes on – the monument can be kept closed.

Right !!!

Tourists come here in hope after spending a lot of money and when they see this – certainly it’s a setback to their feelings – ANYONE from Archeological Survey of India listening?

Well, enough of complaining, I tried to re-focus myself and look out for right places where I can park myself and shoot some sunset shots. But as Murphy Laws go, it was not to be there.

So, I positioned myself on one side of Taj Mahal near the far end of the complex where one of the two grand red sandstone buildings that mirror each other, and face the sides of the tomb. I would have loved to shoot the dome of the Taj Mahal cloaked in bright golden, and appearing as if straight out of a magical tale. But had to be content with the golden rays of the almighty Sun falling on one of the side buildings, a mosque, and a few shots of the garden laid out in the “charbagh” style, with a central walkway with fountains.

Only these pictures of sunset and a few of the Taj Mahal itself in diminishing light after the sunset were my prized captures from this trip friends, and I am sharing these here.

I hope you like them and wait with me for the next opportunity to see Taj Mahal in its full glory during a sunrise and a sunset.

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