Taj Mahal as seen from the Agra Fort.
Have you ever seen any photos of Taj Mahal that are not taken in a perfect weather? If you search Taj Mahal in Google, nearly all the pictures are taken from the same direction. I want to show what visiting the famous mausoleum is really like, so here are a few less glamorous pictures from the site.
The gates of Taj Mahal open at 6AM, but you should still wake up much earlier because of the queues at the ticket office and the gates.
The pools in front of the 17th century mausoleum have seen better days.
And here’s the building itself at sunrise. Because of the cloudy weather, there wasn’t much to see about it. Instead of bright rays of light, we just saw the sky change its hue from darker to lighter grey.
Lotus pose not allowed. A group of backpackers tried to pose in the lotus position in front of the ponds when they were stopped by an armed soldier. The soldier made the men delete the photos they had taken.
The front minaret towers were under maintenance during our visit.
It was actually prohibited to take pictures of the minaret towers – a very difficult rule to obey WHEN THE TOWERS ARE IN FRONT OF THE MAIN BUILDING.