Project 365: Day 114 – Another day, another angle.


23rd October 2014 – Agra, India

I went back again, my calling still strong, and my shutterlust still not quenched.
The sky was clear, and the clouds were content. It never rained.
I had to look for a different angle, peeping at the corners of a beloved thing.
In this mausoleum of love, neither is love lost, nor is it inadvertantly gained.
The view from the mosque - Taj Mahal in Agra, India

The view from the mosque – Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Given that I had just one hour of sunlight yesterday at the Taj, I went back today. Hey, I can afford it because its only 20 Rupees for an Indian national!

There are many myths about the Taj, and by eavesdropping on a tour guide (and verifying on google later), I slowly debunked most of them. No, there is no proof that it was a Hindu temple before, and no proof also for the myth that it is sinking. And then there is the famous legend about how Shahjahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj for his beloved wife Mumtaz, had the hands and eyes removed of the craftsmen who worked on the Taj so that they don’t build anything more exquisite. That legend, definitely false.

Much has been written about the Taj Mahal, but very little people write about the 2 beautiful red sandstone buildings on its 2 sides. To the west, is the mosque. A very functional mosque, if you consider the fact that the whole Taj Mahal complex is closed on friday’s for Agra’s muslims to meet here for their friday prayers. And to the east, is the jawab, a building that looks exactly the same, but was built purely for symmetry.

Talking of mosques, click here for my pictures of the mosques of Istanbul!

I spent my day loitering around the mosque and the jawab today, clicking the Taj from different angles. And in the evening, found myself a nice little rooftop cafe in Taj Ganj, and clicked the sunset on the Taj.

Oh, I could click this place for days!

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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