Indian Flag

Agra

Day 4 - 21st October 2012

Indian emblem

 Taj Mahal - Part 1

Dawn Jogging

Return to India Menu

Return to Summer Menu

        

Jump to 2 - Taj Mahal - Part 2
 
Jump to 3 - Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri


We were up and queuing before dawn in order to be at the front of the line. After telling Chandra (our tour leader) that I had a special lens that I wanted to take through the tight security, he mistakenly thought I knew what I was doing and recommended his friend to escort us around at speed to get to the best viewpoints ahead of the crowds.

It meant we missed the group photo, but we did have the privilege at times of seeing a sight that gets 40,000 visitors a day, without anyone in front of it.


First glimpses
from The Great Gate (Darwaza-i rauza)...

First glimpses



Front on - it's symmetrical from all 4 sides...





Taken from underneath one of the marble benches...





Same, only the bench in focus...





The Taj in the Reflecting Pool...





Our guide (aged 62 and fast on his feet, he reminded us of an Indian Bernie Ecclestone) and his son...





Miche...





Sun rising and gradually changing the Taj's colour, I'd have loved to stay all day to see how it changed, especially on the off-chance that it was a clear blue sky...





Taken from inside the Masjid (Mosque)...





Me on the Yamuna River side...





Part of the Mosque...











Miche on the Yamuna side...





The Jawab on the opposite side to the Mosque...





Still only a handful of people had made it as far as the Taj itself...










One of the minarets taken from inside the Jawab...











Closer view of one of the central arches (Iwan)...





Part of the decoration is Pietra Dura, inlays of Jasper, Jade & yellow marble that shine as they catch the sunlight...
 





Leaping about...





Miche...





Reflection in a pair of sunglasses hastily borrowed by 'Bernie' from an unwitting Australian lady that happened to pass by...






Next stop - Taj Mahal - Part 2
 
Jump to 3 - Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri



Return to India Menu

Return to Summer Menu

Day 1 - Travel Day 2 - Delhi Day 3 - Delhi to Agra 
Day 4 - Agra Day 5 - Ranthambore NP Day 6 - Bundi
Day 7 - Bundi to Udaipur Day 8 - Udaipur Day 9 - Ranakpur & Jodhpur
Day 10 - Jodhpur to Pushkar Day 11 - Pushkar & Jaipur Day 12 - Jaipur
Day 13 - Jaipur & Delhi Day 14 - Delhi & Home