The colours of India: The Taj Mahal

In 2008, I had the opportunity to step into the magical world of India. While my trip was too short, my time was well spent and over the course of three weeks, I was given a glimpse into the most colourful world I have ever seen. In order to best capture my highlights from the trip, I will refrain from going into too much detail (except for momentary digressions into funny anecdotes and a tip or two).

To kick off our journey, I present to you a glimpse into the jewel of India, the Taj Mahal, meaning “Crown Palace”. Located in Agra, the Taj Mahal – a present day UNESCO heritage site – was built by Shah Jahan (1592 – 1666) in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. I apologize for the watermarks present throughout the pictures – my camera had a bad reaction to the humidity, but the pictures remain relevant despite the photographer’s  novice attempt to capture a masterpiece.

The Taj Mahal is located on the west bank of the River Yamuna

These pictures are taken from the Black Taj, a building on the opposite side of the river, originally designed by Shah Jahan to be his own mausoleum. Building was interrupted and the completion of the Black Taj was never fully undertaken.

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