We entered through the East Gateway and caught a partial glimpse of the Taj from inside the entrance tunnel while peering over the heads of the throngs ahead of us. When we emerged and the people parted, she stood there in her full marble glory against the cloudless sky. To say we were awestruck would be an understatement. We stood mesmerized at her grandeur, amazed at the impossibly beautiful building.
Up close, her beauty transfixed. The marble was carved with intricate detail. Precious and semi-precious stones adorned her on all sides in exquisite detail, the work of hundreds of dedicated artisans. The inlaid flowers were not only gorgeous they actually seemed to breathe.
On her platform, we were required to wear booties to cover our shoes. After a bit, I removed both my booties and my shoes. The Taj is holy ground. I wanted nothing between my bare feet and the energy emanating from this sacred place.
We arrived in the early morning when she wore bridal gown white. Her translucent marble color changes depending upon the light. In the morning and evening she glows golden. At full moon, she is a cool blue. Sadly, we could not get tickets for the full moon viewing.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Lens: 18-55 @ 44.0 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500