Taj Mahal at Sunrise

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Taj Mahal at Sunrise


The Tajmahal Signature shot
The Tajmahal Signature shot celebrating perfect symmetry of the Mughal architecture



Taj Mahal – One of the seven wonders of the world, a beautiful prose written in white marble and an eternal testimony to one of the greatest love stories ever told in this world. Taj Mahal is thronged by visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Taj Mahal is open from Sunrise to Sunset all days except Fridays. But the best time to see Taj Mahal is during the sunrise. During these hours, only some serious visitors come to Taj and the rush is less. The fountains in the front of Taj are not run for an initial two hours offering a clear reflection of Taj Mahal in the water channels. The light from rising Sun lights up the Taj very softly rendering a soft golden colour to Taj Mahal. This soft golden colour becomes very harsh when one visits Taj Mahal during day time.

The Pinkish Golden Glow on Taj Mahal at sunrise
The Pinkish Golden Glow on Taj Mahal at sunrise



During our recent visit to Taj Mahal, we also decided to visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise. We had booked the hotel, which was only 150 meters from Taj west gate. By 5.30 we left the hotel and were among the very first visitors to join the queue. We had already purchased the tickets online. The security of Taj is the responsibility of CISF. After thorough checking, we were let inside. No eatables, cold drinks, tripods, cigarettes etc are allowed inside. I had a small tripod inside my camera bag, and was detected in bag scanner, so I had to run back to the hotel to leave it at the reception.


I would not go into the history or any other legends about Taj as everybody knows its story and post a few photographs, which I clicked.


Watching the Taj Mahal
You can sit in front of Taj Mahal and stare at it for hours together 


Reflection shots of The Taj Mahal
A bonanza for early visitors in reflection shots of Taj Mahal 
Another reflection Shot
Another reflection Shot

Yet another one
Yet another one


Even the reflection of entrance gate of Taj Mahal looks good
Even the reflection of the entrance gate of Taj Mahal looks good
Taj Mahal with gardens in front
Perfectly manicured gardens in front of Taj Mahal add another dimension to its beauty
               The sunlight falling from the right is giving a pinkish yellow colour to the dome.

Sun behind the Mehmaankhana on right side of Taj Mahal
Sun behind the Mehmaankhana on the right side of Taj Mahal
                            Mughals were fanatic about the perfect symmetry in their buildings. Be it the gardens laid by them in charbagh style or the buildings built by them. The right-hand side is always an exact replica of the left-hand side. here also two similar buildings are built on both the sides of Taj. While the one on the left-hand side is a mosque, the one on the right used to serve as Mehmaan Khana or the guest house for the royal visitors.

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Rising sun turns Taj Mahal refers its pinkish golden yellow tint to Taj Mahal
Rising sun turns Taj Mahal refers its pinkish golden yellow tint to Taj Mahal
           The rays of the rising sun drench The Taj Mahal in the shot above when viewed from the right-hand side. While viewing from the front, Taj looked white from the right-hand side it wears a tint of golden yellow colour with a hint of Pink.


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The corridor on the back side of Taj Mahal
The corridor on the back side of Taj Mahal

Beautifully patterned corridor on the back of Taj and with river Yamuna on left
Beautifully patterned corridor on the back of Taj and with river Yamuna on left
             The above two shots are on the back side of Taj Mahal. The floor has a beautiful pattern using marble and red sand stone. First shot is from Eastern end of corridor and the second one is from western end of teh corridor and river Yamuna can also be seen.

Sunrise and the Taj Mahal
Sunrise and the Taj Mahal
Sun and Taj
Sun and Taj


Taj as seen from the Mosque on left side
Taj Mahal as seen from the Mosque on left side

The most spectacular views of Taj Mahal are offered when we reach on the western facade of the Taj Mahal. The Sun rising behind the Taj Mahal creates a magical spell and the beautiful arches of the Mosque add another dimension to the beauty of Taj Mahal.

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A sideshot of Taj Mahal
A side shot of Taj Mahal
The gates of the mausoleum
The gates of the mausoleum


                               The gates of the mausoleum have the holy verses engraved on them and beautiful floral patterns have been created using stone inlay work and the dome inside each gate is in the diamond pattern.

Main entrance to the mausoleum
The main entrance to the mausoleum no phography is allowed beyond this point

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Yet another different view
Yet another different view

       
A view with one of the gates , a Minaret and the mosque
A view with one of the gates, a Minaret and the mosque


The beautiful mosque on the left hand side of Taj Mahal
The beautiful mosque on the left-hand side of Taj Mahal
The mosque and the devotee
The mosque and the devotee

The beautiful archways of Mosque
The beautiful archways of the Mosque

The ceiling of the mosque
The ceiling of the mosque

Frontal view of Masjid from plinth of Taj Mahal
Frontal view of Masjid from the plinth of Taj Mahal


                               We spent full four hours inside the Taj Mahal. These four hours were filled with Fun , awe and an emotional rollercoaster.




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