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Golden Triangle – Day in Agra, Uttar Pradesh – Part II: A Guided Tour of the Taj Mahal

In Part II, I’d like to take you along for our morning tour of the Taj Mahal.

Starting out, we stopped ~1.5 km away from the entrance to purchase tickets, Rs1000/person (the foreigner price is always 10x higher) and took an electric cart to the East Gate entrance.  Arriving at 6:40am the security line was short even though it opened earlier around 6:00am for sunrise.  Entry time varies with the sunrise.

Security was thorough and no issues given I had read ahead of time the long list of what you can’t bring in.  I entered with my two cameras and three lenses without issue.  Note for Photographers: No tripod (or any size), monopod, batteries, paper, pens, cords (of any kind)…

This is the view looking back at the East Gate and 2+ hours later to be our exit point.  You can see the sun trying to pop through the clouds and it did to reveal striking cloud formations.

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Walking straight ahead to the right is the main entrance and your first impression of the exquisite craftsmanship with no expense barred and years of meticulous labor required.

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Here we are ready to enter the main entrance, what a sight to behold.

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Getting closer.

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Now the main attraction.  The crowds were light given the 46C (114F) yesterday, i.e. the off season.  Normally, they get 30k tourists/day.  Walking past the small crowd at the entrance and over to the reflection pools where JDR struck her pose.

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The infamous, obligatory bench shot.

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Now to get down and low for the reflection pool shot. Need to work the water color and stain later.

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Took the left hand path towards the Taj putting on our shoe covers to enter the mausoleum.

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Every Friday the Taj Mahal is closed to the public with worshipers visiting this active Mosque to the left (west side pointing towards Mecca).

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Now we enter the mausoleum where no photos are allowed.  Walking around the two replicate crypts (actuals located directly below and not visible to the public), we get a close-up look at the intricate details carved into the marble.

Notice the symmetry geometric designs carved in the white marble with inlaid gems / precious stones imported from all over the world back in the 17th century.  Still to this day the craft continues for restoration.

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As you exit the inner mausoleum area, the light rays entering from the marble carved lattice windows are a sight to behold.

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Now we exit the backside on the river side.  Three of four minarets are undergoing restoration to remove air-borne pollutants and reveal the white marble to it’s original color.  I understand that a local mud is used to cover and pull out the white color.  The one minaret looks beautiful afters its restoration.

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Around to the right for a great sunrise shining on the marble structure.

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Down the stairs for another view of the Taj Mahal’s various structures.

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Here we exit the main area from this simple door, turn left and exit the Taj Mahal.

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Oh yes, one day late and a dollar short.

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Still to complete Part II of the Jaipur to Agra road trip, coming soon.

 

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