Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Taj Mahal@Dawn

Ever seen Taj Mahal at dawn?
Dawn is not the best time to photograph a monument. The light is dull and therefore it's a challenge for the photographer. But Taj is Taj. It looks glorious in any light condition. That is why Ghumakkad planned to photograph the Taj Mahal in Agra one early morning in March.

The trigger for 'shooting' Taj at dawn came from Suraj Gupta, an ace photographer himself and my former MBA student. Thanks Suraj.

Travelling 1400 kms to synchronise our arrival before sunrise was not easy. Despite our train from Hyderabad being late we were just in time to admire the morning glory of Taj Mahal. Late arrival gave us only 30 minutes to take pictures. Readers may find an overdose of the pictures of Taj Mahal. But once you are there and the sunlight is doing its magic, you cannot help stop your shutter. Apologies to the discerning shutter bugs as all the pictures were taken using a cell phone camera.

Let the pictures do the talking. 

While I was taking all these pictures Neeta had to sit outside the Taj complex because of my fault. On my insistence, she brought  her bag along. The security wouldn't allow her entry with the bag. The cloak room being half a km was ruled out as we were pressed for time. She tried her best to persuade the staff but no joy.

Car drop point being away, we took a rickshaw. Enjoyable ride. 

This photographic trip would not have been possible without Rajesh and Geeta Bhargava at Agra. Special thanks to both of them. For those readers who would like to read the history of Taj, may browse Wikipedia. Suffice it to mention that it was built in 1632 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj gets close to 10-million visitors every year!

We end with Tagore's famous quote on Taj which says 'Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.' Here is the PQ- picturesque quote- superimposed on a picture taken from the river bank.

Thanks for browsing. We would love to share any pictures of the Taj in different lighting conditions from our readers- with due credit of course!

     -  Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 11th April 2018

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