Sunrise at the Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal

If you read any guidebook in India, you’ll read that visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise is a must-see. The grounds will be much quieter than in the afternoon (certainly less so than at sunset) and you’ll beat all the day trippers from Delhi by a few hours. Because of this, your shots will include less bobbing heads as you try to capture the beauty of the most majestic building in the world.

It’s definitely true. If you run up (but really, who wants to run that early?) to the mausoleum as soon as you enter the grounds, you’ll only encounter a handful of people at first. There’s no doubt that it makes for a truly unique experience. You, almost alone, in the shadow of such a strong-storied building; the sun rising; the colors, the shadows changing every minute.

The Taj Mahal in India is part of the seven wonders of the world for this new age. Another must see place to visit is the Roman Colosseum in Italy. With so many hotels in Milan, the trip for the tourists and Indians is an easy sweet escape.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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  1. Amazing shots… I loved the images of Taj Mahal no matter from which angle someone is taking…. liked it…

  2. We didn’t have the option to go at sunrise (we were with an academic group, so we didn’t have a whole lot of say over our schedule), but I really wish we had! The Taj is just gorgeous any time of day, but next time we’ll try to make it at sunrise. :)

  3. We didn’t have the option to go at sunrise (we were with an academic group, so we didn’t have a whole lot of say over our schedule), but I really wish we had! The Taj is just gorgeous any time of day, but next time we’ll try to make it at sunrise. :)

    • I really enjoyed seeing it at sunrise. It was nice, because I also go to enjoy it during mid-morning when it looked and felt like a different place. In the evening, I just watched it from a distance from my hotel’s rooftop bar.

  4. We didn’t have the option to go at sunrise (we were with an academic group, so we didn’t have a whole lot of say over our schedule), but I really wish we had! The Taj is just gorgeous any time of day, but next time we’ll try to make it at sunrise. :)

  5. Gorgeous. With different light, the Taj gets different colors, what a beautiful piece of architecture..

    • It really is incredible to see yourself.

  6. EEEEEEEEEEEEE! I have a sick obsession with the Taj Mahal. These are beautiful Adam!

  7. These photos are beautiful. My favorite is the third to last.

  8. This is friggin’ beautiful.

  9. I am so mad at myself for not waking up and going to see the sunrise. I was just so exhausted from the long trek to get to Agra that I couldn’t get up in time. GORGEOUS pics!!!

    • Oh, it was definitely hard for me to get out of bed, too! But I was determined :)

  10. Stunning photos, Adam!

  11. What an atmosphere! Beautiful, poetic and… romantic! Love these photos and the golden light :) Hope to get to see it soon!

  12. The Taj Mahal itself is already impressive but sunrise there is most just be gorgeous. Im sure the photos are nothing compared to being there.

    • You’re right – photos don’t do it justice. It’s probably the most photographed building in the world, and yet it’s nothing like what you see in the photos. (Well, it probably is something like the photos, but you get the idea.)

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