Described by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as a “teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal has brought astonishment to millions of visitors and pilgrims over the last four and half centuries. Whether you have seen photographs, documentaries or Bollywood films depicting the Taj Mahal, the reality of seeing it for the first time never fails to overwhelm. The perfect symmetry and the sheer size of the mausoleum is awe inspiring, to the extent that from a distance it almost looks unreal.
I visited twice, once for sunset and again for sunrise and both were equally invigorating. The crowds varied from floods of colourful and vibrant Indians (who for me added to the experience) in the afternoon and a small proportion of western tourists in the morning. If you do decide to visit in the morning, once you have taken your head-on shots from the south gate, head straight for the west side (left as your looking at it). Here you will find little to no people, and with the sun rising behind the Taj, it will give you some fantastic pictures.
Below are a handful of the ones I took. If you have some you would like to share, do post them up.