Taj heaven inside Agra hell

One of my favorite spots on earth

Today I’m in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, with Joel, Kate and David. We’re meeting David’s friend Julie there as well. The blog is running on autopilot for a week or so until I’m back in Delhi

As many people know by now, I’m not a fan of Agra and its predatory ways. Of course, Agra is home to a Wonder of the World, the Taj Mahal, so an occasional visit with friends is unavoidable.

Thankfully, inside the Taj complex, I’ve found one of the most peaceful spots on the planet. Especially early in the day. I took the above photo inside the mosque just west of the Taj.

I spent a long, morning hour in prayer there in 2002, before this caretaker came by to splash water on the floor and sweep. The tourist crush showed up soon after to ruin the moment.

Below is the frequently unseen view of the Taj from said mosque with the sun still rising in the sky. The traditional and stereotypical shot instead captures the grand tomb from the south, with a pool as a symmetrical line leading to the great dome.

A better angle at 20mm

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One Response to “Taj heaven inside Agra hell”

  1. Dan Says:
    March 13th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Very well…but did you get the cache?

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