Views of Taj Mahal
Visiting Taj Mahal is at the top of the list for anyone who is coming to India for the first time or visiting the region. Taj Mahal carries lot of reputation of being a beautiful structure and visitors getting awestruck and rightly so. However, just seeing it plainly on a clear morning might not be the best way to appreciate and enjoy the beauty. There are atleast seven different views of Taj Mahal and each provides its own uniqueness. I will list them in increasing order I feel will be the best to see the Taj. Best view is the last view.
Taj Mahal is visible from Agra Fort. At visual distance of less than 2km, it offers a distant view of Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal as it was seen by its creator during his last days when he was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. After his death, his body was carried by boat to Taj Mahal where he was buried.
Roof Top View:
While strolling in Taj Ganj, have a drink or snacks in one of the rooftop restaurants. If you pick the right restaurant, you will get the clearest view with distance less than 1km. If seeing Taj Mahal for the first time, it can be the awesome view building your excitement to see wonder of the world.
If you go behind Taj Mahal following the narrow road from the east gate, you will come across boatmen who will be willing to offer you a 30min boat ride for less than $2. Take the boat ride and enjoy view of sun setting in the backdrop of Taj Mahal
Right behind Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh gives you the clearest views of Taj minus the crowd. Gardens of Mehtab Bagh are identical to the ones in Taj Mahal. Go here in evening few minutes before start of sunset and see how the color of Taj Mahal changes from yellowish off white to pure white.
Visit the Taj Mahal from any gate preferably South Gate which has a grand 30m high sandstone gate to welcome you and move to the eastern gate for emptier views. It is best visited on a clear and not so hot day so that you get good views without sweating too much. Also, you will be with lot of people around you, hence going against the flow, where there are less people might be better to capture a good click.
This is for another view of Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal opens at sunrise and one should take advantage of it. Capture the changing shades of marble as sun rises. Another benefit of visiting at sunrise is emptiness or lack of crowds. It is a BIG benefit.
Full Moon Night:
This is simply the best view – Of moon light falling on the white marbles of Taj Mahal and see it glow. If you can, then time your visit on full moon night. Full Moon night dates can be checked on http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/faq_taj.html. Tickets for full night can be bought 24hrs in advance from the ASI Office in Mail Road. Book your tickets a day in advance as only eight batches of 50 people only are allowed to enter for 30 minutes each on full moon nights and tripods are not allowed. Caution: Night visit will be best when sky is clear and moon is high. If moon is not high or moon light not strong, then you may not enjoy the view.