Taj Mahal in the Morning
The glory of the monument is strangely undiminished by the crowds
of tourists who visit each day, as small and insignificant as ants
in the face of this immense and captivating monument. That said,
the Taj is at its most alluring in the relative quiet of early
morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As
its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its
colour changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling
white; it's well worth visiting at different times. This play of
light is an important decorative device, symbolically implying
the presence of Allah, who is never represented in anthropomorphic
Beauty of Taj Mahal during Day
The Taj Mahal shows a different aspect of beauty at different times of the day. The sight of the Taj awash with the subtle pinks of dawn is an unforgettable sight.
Taj Mahal at Sunset
Sunsets stain the Taj an exotic shade of orange. But nothing beats the poignant beauty of the Taj seen when the cool white marble is bathed in the soft silver light of the moon. Even in the bright light of the day, this wonder of the world shines with an awe-inspiring loveliness.
There's no time limit on visits to the Taj, and some
people spend most of the day here, sitting, reading, dozing or picnicking
in the beautifully kept gardens. Hawkers and salesmen are not allowed
in, and official guides are not available on site, but can usually
be provided by hotels, and always accompany organized tours. The
ticket office, just outside the western gate, is rarely blocked by
long queues, except between 4 and 5 pm before the admission fee increases;
bring the right amount of money as the ticket booth attendants rarely
have change and tend to pocket the difference.