My first view, from our hotel room patio.
When the turbaned bellman ushered us into our hotel room I glanced out the back door to our patio and saw…the Taj Mahal.
“Seriously?!!!” I said, to no one in particular, yet again. This trip has been filled with wonders and the Taj Mahal is the most magnificent
We set out just after dawn to see it in the morning light, and then again at sunset. I’ll let the photo speak for themselves, and at the end, have a little story or two for you.
Morning light: 8am
The man at far left in the hat is our tour guide, but the others are not part of our group.
A treasure for the Indian people.
As it turns out, our tour guide was the very same guide who showed Princess Diana the Taj Mahal and was just out of the frame when that iconic photo of her sitting alone on a bench, wistful and making the point that Prince Charles was not there. He stayed back in Jaipur, we’re told, and frankly, I don’t blame him. It’s a cute little city and Agra is a pit. In any case, our guide confirmed that Diana was in fact severely depressed on that trip.
A few other things. We couldn’t photograph inside, and had to put these on:
Also, bus traffic must stop about a kilometer from the Taj Mahal. Only battery-operated vehicles are allowed further so smog doesn’t damage the monument. However, the city is so polluted already that it doesn’t seem like a restriction that will be very protective.