Photologue: A visit to the Magnificent Taj Mahal

It’s ironical that the closer you are to a place of interest, the rarer becomes your chance to visit it. This is what happened in my case that amidst all these years I could never visit Agra to adore the beauty of splendid Taj Mahal.

Nevertheless, gods of travel smiled on me and as luck would have it, I finally did pay a visit to Agra last weekend. Some pictures from my first experience at the Taj and the Agra Fort!

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The regular entrance ticket is priced nominally at Rs. 20/-. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday and for all the shutter-bugs out there, Tripods are not allowed. I had to keep mine in the Cloak room.

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I must admit that it was my first visit to the Taj and I could have done a better job. From what I have heard/read photos taken from all angles reflect the beauty and symmetry of this magnificent monument. A visit during sunrise and evening is altogether different.

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The Taj beautifully fitted in the 55m frame of 55-200 zoom lens.

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This is the view of the great gateway to the Taj Mahal (Darwaza-i rauza). The day being a Sunday it was natural to see people from all walks of life coming over.

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You would be simply smitten by your beauty. You would want to capture everything that you see!

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Taj Mahal mosque.

Caste, Age, Religion hold no bar at the Taj Mahal. It's one of the places which unites people from across India together.

Caste, Age, Religion hold no bar at the Taj Mahal. It’s one of the places which unites people from across India together.

A visit to Agra won’t be complete without  “Agra Fort”, a UNESCO World Heritage site located located about 2.5 km northwest of its sister monument.

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Agra has played an important center of Mughal Empire. Akbar chose Agra on the bank of River Yamuna as his capital and proceeded to build Agra fort for the purpose.

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The fort was constructed at a cost of thirty-five lakh rupees in 8 years and is second only to Taj in Agra.

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mperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort, from which he had a view of the building erected for his deceased wife

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The many pillared Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience)

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