More than 3 million people pour into Agra each year to see the architectural wonder that was created by the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who had the Taj constructed as an exquisite mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal after she died during childbirth.
But what many of them don’t know is that there is more than one way to view this awe-inspiring white-marble masterpiece.
So, if you want to come back from a trip to Agra with a bundle of Taj shots to really be proud of, here are some tips for finding the best views of the Taj Mahal.
From inside the Taj grounds: Foreigners may have to pay 750 rupees for the privilege, but it’s only when you’re actually inside the grounds that you can get that all-time classic shot of the Taj reflected in the Lotus Pond.
Most intriguingly, though, being actually inside the grounds allows you to get up close and personal with the world’s most beautiful building. Even up close the Taj Mahal is gorgeous!
From the riverbank alongside the Taj: A pathway running along the outside of eastern wall of the Taj Mahal complex, to a small temple beside the Yamuna River, gives visitors the chance to snap the Taj from this unusual angle at its northeast corner. You can also pay boat-hands here to row you out to the middle of the river here for a more romantic view.
From Mehtab Bagh: The Mughal Park on the opposite side of the river from the Taj offers the chance to get a shot with a more rural setting, as buffaloes squidge their way around the mud by the water’s edge. Annoyingly, authorities have now erected a barbed wire fence by the pathway leading down to the river from the side of the park, preventing tourists from strolling along the riverbank. This is still a great place for a more unusual photo, though.
From Agra Fort: If you get up at the crack of dawn and have a powerful zoom lens then you can get the most incredible shot from Agra Fort.
Apart from all these places you can also capture the Taj from the flower-filled rooftop cafe of Saniya Palace Hotel. And Taj Ganj, the main area for budget tourists to stay in Agra, is full of rooftop cafes, which means that wherever you’re staying, you can snap away to your heart’s content without ever having to leave the comfort of your cup of coffee.
This article first appeared in www.lonelypanet.com .
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