Images of The Taj Mahal, India Taking one moment and expressing it in different ways

By Abi King | Asia

Jul 15

Taj Mahal Solitary figure with birds overhead

Alone in Agra – Images of the Taj Mahal

Rummaging through the archives this week, I stumbled on my photos of the Taj Mahal, taken on an old point and shoot digital camera. While I have plenty attempts at the “classical” shot, many more of the crowds and a couple of others that I still really love, this image of a solitary man, gazing out at the mayhem below has always been a favourite.

Just for fun, I decided to play around with some filters and see what he’d look like in other guises…Which one do you think suits him best?

A paint version of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Paint

Taj Mahal in Black and white

Taj Mahal in Black and White

Edge drawing of the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal as a Drawing


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

walkingontravels July 15, 2011

I’m torn between the drawing and the original shot. Either way it is a great memory and gorgeous image.

wandering educators July 15, 2011

i LOVE that B&W one!

Sonja July 15, 2011

Ohh – I’ve never seen that drawing feature before. Very cool.

Kymri July 17, 2011

It’s nice to see an unusual angle for a very commonly photographed building. I like the original!

Camels & Chocolate July 18, 2011

I think I like the drawing the best!

We’re going to be in India for a week this fall for my new job–what were your favorite parts? I met a girl from there while sipping wine with Abby T and Diana yesterday, and she told me Agra/Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur would be her recommendations. Do you agree? I’ve never been!

    Abi King July 19, 2011

    Those are certainly the highlights in the north/Rajasthan area (although personally I wouldn’t stay in Delhi for any longer than you need to.) Taj Mahal DEFINITELY worth seeing even though it is crowded. Head there early or stay late to see it at its best. Don’t miss the Red Fort nearby, too. Otherwise, not a lot in Agra… Ranthambore National Park is just a train journey away – the big draw there is the hope of seeing a tiger ( but even if you miss the big cats, the other wildlife & landscape make it a worthwhile trip.
    I certainly have friends who would recommend Goa but that’s obviously a long way away…I shall ask around and get back to you!

Abi King July 19, 2011

Drawing it is then! Perhaps I shall use it more often….

Rudy Poteat July 22, 2011

Appreciate it for this post, I am a big big fan of this website would like to keep updated.

Appu September 13, 2011

Wow-The Drawing.
Thanks for sharing.

    Abi King September 17, 2011


Abi King September 17, 2011

It was right at the end of the day…

Alfonso November 21, 2011

In the black and white photograph, the contrast between the darkness of the sky and the man and the whiteness of the Taj Mahal is very beautiful.

But in the color photograph there is a mysterious link between the black birds flying over the Taj Mmahal and the colour of the solitary man.

Could it be that the man is actually a big black bird on the Taj Mahal?…

Alen February 5, 2013

Recently read in Lonely Planet about night viewing of the Taj Mahal especially on full moon nights. The views are amazing, the Taj looks best then. Next time when you plan your visit to Agra, it would be a great idea to consider this. You can find all the details including dates and fares on google.

India Tourism Office November 27, 2013

Amazing Post. Beautiful place and in scripted marble. And the drawing looks as if someone has photocopied the TAJ Mahal.

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