Sunday, June 29, 2014

Travel: Taj Mahal


Symbol of Eternal Love - Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Wooow you guys, we finally made it onto the last post in my India series! I promise in the future I won't drag travels out this long if I can. It's been several months now (february) since I went on this magical trip with my mom. But to be honest I was kind of glad to spread it out, it made it possible to keep all these precious moments alive a lot longer. And like I announced in the very beginning, I was gonna keep the best for last: the Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love and definitely one of the highlights of our trip! As a photographer I just live for moments where that perfect light hits a subject and that meant getting out of bed suuuper duper early. I was glad I had a sweater with me because the air was so cold. Brr, I'm freezing when I think of it again. Our guide had promised us a bright day filled with glorious sun and thus we embarked in the darkest of night still, to have light slightly tinkling in by the time we arrived outside the walls of the monument.

I was getting a bit impatient and worried that I would miss everything when we queued outside waiting for the gates to open. Luckily in India they have separate lines for women and men and as there were less women visiting, we could go in more quickly. Once inside I raced through the second gates and stood in awe of the immense beauty which before then I had only seen in so many photographs. In the minutes that I stood there I felt this eternal peace entering my mind, just fully being in the moment. The Taj was set in a magnificent morning light, the sun had not yet risen high enough, the entire building showed the most perfect white hue I'd ever seen. After quickly scanning the area I found the 'photographers' spot and as I'm small got to squeeze myself before all the big guys right in the middle to get that perfect shot. But the sunrise took like an eternity before there was any change visible on the building and I started to wonder if maybe it would have been still ok to enter 30 minutes later.

One honderd clicks and little movie stills later, I went looking for our guide and my mom who were silently laughing with my enthusiasm from afar. Like I mentioned in my Agra Fort story, the Taj was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wifi Mumtaz Mahal as a last token of his love for her. This white marble mausoleum is viewed as one of the jewel of Muslim art in India. Can any structure in the world even compare? Cool fact: it's slightly based on Humayan's Tomb which I showed you guys in this post. The inside isn't that special really, but the magnificent exterior and especially the light play that hits the marble, makes it all worth the while. If you guys ever get the change to go, do it, without doubt!


















Photo's by Maya Bogaert

20 comments:

  1. Wow echt gek! Zoals altijd prachtige foto's :D



    En ik snap dat je super enthusiast was. Lijkt me meer dan normaal ^^


    x Aurélie

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  2. De foto's zijn echt super. Zeker het vroege opstaan, aanschuiven en stressen waard! Kvind het fijn om te zien hoe je blog almaar groei en je steeds beter en beter wordt, zowel met je outfits, de architectuur en de fotografie. ♪ Gij zijt goe bezig! ♫ xo

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  3. Some of these photos are magical! I've loved watching you improve so vastly at photography... I need to practice more :P and I didn't realize you went with your mom, I thought it was with the boy for some reason. But that's somehow even more adorable!

    belle + compass

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  4. Taj Mahal symbolizes great love. Hope someday I can visit this place.

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  5. Really, Pakistan and India have beautiful Mughal's building

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  6. Really cool pictures Maya! Taj Mahal is def on my list. I was about to go last year but something happened last minute & I couldn't. How many days did you spend there?

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  7. beautiful! ive been wanting to visit india but the threat and security there prompt me not to.

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  8. beautiful! ive been wanting to visit india but the threat and security prompt me not to.

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  9. Your photos are incredible! That is one place in India I'd really like to make it to someday.

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  10. The Taj Mahal is just so elegant and majestic. I hope to visit it soon.

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful photos. They are so dreamy and magical. I wanted to be transported to this place. Good decision to wake up early to get to the site without that many tourists around.

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  12. Wow.... It is beautiful place. Will visit this building one day.

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  13. Lovely photos of Taj Mahal taken by a professional photographer. Awesome with these photos especially the enlargement.

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  14. I was about to comment about how nice your photo is! And then I read that you woke up early to have the perfect light to capture the beauty of Taj Mahal. That's really an effort!

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  15. wa een prachtige foto's! ik wil ook reizen :(

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  16. All the photos are so beautiful. Would love to visit this place

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  17. Beautiful pictures and amazing beautiful structures. It's not called one of the 7 wonders for nothing.

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  18. really great place .actually i went there in 2010 really loved that place its histirical significance
    Thanks for sharing your experience
    Good Luck

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