The Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal Solitary figure with birds overhead

Alone in Agra

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

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15 Responses to The Taj Mahal, India

  1. walkingontravels July 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

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

  2. wandering educators July 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    i LOVE that B&W one!

  3. Sonja July 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

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

  4. Kymri July 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

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

  5. Camels & Chocolate July 18, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    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 July 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      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 (http://www.insidethetravellab.com/safari-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!
      Enjoy!

  6. Abi July 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

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

  7. Rudy Poteat July 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

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

  8. Flights to Amritsar July 26, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    i have seen so many picture of Taj Mahal with crowd of tourists. but this is just i would never imagine. B & W drawing is fantastic.

    • Abi September 17, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      It was right at the end of the day…

  9. Appu September 13, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    Wow-The Drawing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Abi September 17, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      Cheers

  10. Alfonso November 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    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?…

  11. Alen February 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    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.

  12. India Tourism Office November 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

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

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