Throwback Thursday - Top Tips for the Taj Mahal
One of the few photos I took on my iPhone that I'm genuinely proud of!
The is one place in India that everyone has seen a photo of. It inspires the majesty of the Indian princes and kings, and it's story is beautiful and tragic. Everyone needs a Taj Mahal guide in their life!
The Taj Mahal, is quite simply, beautiful. The main building stands tall enough to be seen from most places in Agra, and it's unblemished white dome is synonymous with love as well as death.
So, what better way to start the Throwback Thursday series than one of the most iconic buildings we saw. Here are my top tips for the Taj Mahal;
1. Get there early - The tickets are sold for "sunrise" but you are unlikely to be able to see this as the queues will mean you won't get in until after the sun has risen. Still, the light is great for photos, and often it's quieter than later in the day.
2. Don't take a bag - The police/entry guards are as strict as airport security when it comes to getting in. ALL bags are x-rayed and metal detectors etc are used as you walk through. Moral of the storey - take just a camera, and cash to get you in. Don't worry about the other stuff, it's not worth the hastle.
3. Take your time - once you've got the main shot from the front of the lake, take your time and walk around the gardens as well as the mausoleum.
For me, the Taj Mahal was my favourite place in India, which in turn, was my favourite country. So I've got a lot of love for the Taj Mahal. Obviously, it's very busy, and there are hundreds of touts around trying to show you the site. For those of you who have seen Slumdog Millionaire, the scene when they steal the shoes of people isn't too far removed from reality!
It really is a must see!
The Taj Mahal in the early morning