Day 5, Part 1: The Taj Mahal

Hello folks! Coming from a bit of a hiatus (it’s been hectic since I got back) so let’s start off the story of Day 5, my last day in India with a video.

And so ladies and gentlemen, I find myself facing one of the most famous sights in the world, the Taj Mahal.

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Is it worth it? Is it overrated? Or does it live up to the hype?

Ladies and Gentlemen. THE TAJ MAHAL IS TRULY IMPRESSIVE.

My gosh, this place really brings up a magnificent sense of awe. It’s the same feeling you get when you see the Basilica in Rome, Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night in person, or see Da Vinci’s painting at the Sistine Chapel.

Now that I’ve set foot on it, I actually can’t believe how this place can be seen by some people as overrated. The beauty, the technical expertise and the quality was really one of a kind. I dare say you can’t really say you’ve seen the world if this is not part of your must visit list.

I guess it’s been a victim of it’s own hype. It’s common for people to tear down what’s popular and say “meh”. I bet you that if you came in as an empty cup and know nothing about India, when you see the Taj Mahal it’ll be one of the highlights on your entire trip.

You enter the Taj Mahal through a red sandstone gate, known as the Darwaza-i rauza. By itself, this gate is quite impressive.

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The Great Gate, entrance to the Taj Mahal

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The obligatory Taj Mahal being reflected in the pool shot. Yes you’ll be taking this photo too.

The four towers surrounding the Taj are actually inclined a bit OUTWARD by 2 degrees. Can you guess why? The answer is simple: In case of disaster, the towers will fall away from the dome and not towards it.

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In most photos, The Taj Mahal looks like a “rectangular box” (kinda like the White House), but it is actually shaped like a giant octagon. Inside the octagon design continues as some rooms are also based on the same octagon design.

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Those words? Those flowers? They’re actually inlaid jewels.

Those designs on the Taj are actually JEWELS. Precious stones like lapis lazuli, carnelian, agate and garnet are used to depict flowers, leaves, and other details.  The words you see enscripted on the Taj isn’t ink but actually made of jasper and black marble. The jewels are inlaid into the Taj. If you had a chisel you can actually steal them (but the security guards will likely jump on you first).

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Because of the pure white marble and how the light hits it, the Taj Mahal is pink in the morning, white in the daytime and gold under moonlight.

I saw it as pink gradually turning yellow but unfortunately did not have time to see the other colors since we had to leave for Delhi.

For those planning their trip, in case you’re wondering, how long does it take to visit the Taj Mahal? Half a day is actually quite enough. If you’re in a rush, 1-2 hours will do. I bet you however, that you’ll be spending some time to take a lot of photos!

Anyway, I’ll pause here now and let you enjoy more photos of the Taj Mahal. There’s really a reason why it’s one of the most photographed buildings in the world. Next stop… Delhi!

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Intricate details on top of the towers surrounding the Taj Mahal.

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Locals enjoying their selfies in the Taj Mahal

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Just a guy posed alongside the Taj begging to get his photo taken.

Me on top of the actual Taj!

Me on top of the Taj itself!

A little known view, This is how it looks like if you're standing on the Taj and facing the other side.

A little known view, This is how it looks like if you’re standing on the Taj and facing the people taking photos of the Taj, all pointed at you!

A little known view. This

The same little known view from the Taj, zoomed out.

Some guy sees me taking the same view and takes the same photo.

Some guy sees me taking the same view and takes the same photo.

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Shot from INSIDE the Taj Mahal! You’re actually not allowed to shoot inside, so not a lot of interior shots. This is through one of the hexagonal holes that become the windows of the Taj.

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Sitting on one of the Taj’s four towers.

A cute couple I met who asked me to take their photo. I promised to send them the photo but i unfortunately lost their contact details. If you are this couple, I hope you find this photo and contact me, I have a few more :-)

A cute couple I met who asked me to take their photo. I promised to send them the photo but i unfortunately lost their contact details. If you are this couple, I hope you find this photo and contact me, I have a few more 🙂

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Just before you leave the Taj, theres a corner near the red gate where you can frame this shot. Lots of photographers camping out here too 🙂

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A few locals hanging out at the red gate after a trip to the Taj.

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Prenup photos!

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A final photo of the Great Gateate as we leave the Taj Mahal complex. It’s been a fun trip. Try to come to the Taj Mahal as early as you can; there’s a lot less people and you can do more for the rest of the day. Looking forward to see more of India in the afternoon.

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One thought on “Day 5, Part 1: The Taj Mahal

  1. It has always been on my list of places to see. 🙂
    Love all the photos! The shot of you on top of the Taj looks like a painting.

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