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Old 23rd August 2010, 21:10   #1
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Default Taj Mahal @ Full Moon, Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura, Bharatpur & Keoladeo National Park

It all happened quickly. My daughter was after me to see Taj for quite some time. It all was planned quickly and made our
visit last weekend. Finalised the trip on thursday evening booked room at Hotel Howard Park Plaza. We started our trip on saturday
0530 am and were at Agra by 09 am.

Plan -
Saturday- Visit Taj in the morning.
Visit Sikri in Noon
Sunday - Morning visit Taj Again.
Return to Delhi

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Some are HDR processed.

At mathura oil refinery.
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Great start! With so many TLs. I have not seen Taj for a long time!
Did you visit the temple at Dayalbagh?

Thats also a marble miracle!
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Rest let the photo speak.
Some are HDR processed.

Will process more photo and upload soon.
Indeed - Photos speak.. Give us more..
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Wow v&v,
Taj Mahal will never cease to amaze me. Have been here thrice in the last 4 years, the last trip being in Feb earlier this year. The pics have come out really good. Waiting for more.
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Did you visit the temple at Dayalbagh?
Thanks ampere. This was a straight trip to Taj Only. I think this is my sixth or seventh visit.

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Wow v&v,
Taj Mahal will never cease to amaze me. Have been here thrice in the last 4 years, the last trip being in Feb earlier this year. The pics have come out really good. Waiting for more.
Thanks dmplog & sami316. its a treat to photo Taj Mahal.

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More photographs of TaJ.

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Brilliant pictures, v&v.

Was this trip in the newly acquired beast? If so, how was the ride and impressions?

Cheers,
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v&v, nice start. One may overlook brief photologues like this thinking, oh, its about Tajmahal only, but, that'd be a blunder, as one would miss such beautiful pics of that famous monument. Your photos have made Taj look even more beautiful!
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Brilliant pictures, v&v.
Was this trip in the newly acquired beast? If so, how was the ride and impressions?
Thanks Ardy. I wanted to take the beast to Agra but due to bad climate and road condition thought of next time

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v&v, nice start. Your photos have made Taj look even more beautiful!
Thanks LDL. Taj is so beautiful that shoot from any angle it comes up good.



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Amazing pics again VV.
Very very beautifully captured.
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Taj looks GRAND! Just wondering as to why the two trips to Taj were planned? Was it a contingency for the rain on the first day?
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Amazing pics again VV.
Very very beautifully captured.
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Taj looks GRAND! Just wondering as to why the two trips to Taj were planned? Was it a contingency for the rain on the first day?
Thanks sami316.
@susan3004 - Thanks and no rain we went for second trip for family photo session. if you want to take photographs in peace then morning time is the best. Visiting Taj around between 6 - 9am has very thin crowd. We took tons of family photos and spent around 3 hrs in the morning.
After 10am its maddening.


Now some pics of Sikri. Here also we visited the Salim Chisti Dargah and Buland Darwaza only. Few photos Sikiri now.

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It been a long pending vist to Taj mahal on a full moon night. It would never sync with holidays or weekends until this 30th Sep.

It just happened that one of my friend called up to enquire about plans for the extended weekend. After a little discussion it was decided to drive to Binsar for 3 nights.This entire episode was of 27th morning and by the evening I came to know that 29th is Purnima and the best opportunity for Taj mahal night viewing visit. Updated this thought to my friend too and he was excited about the same.

So it was decided to visit Taj @ night. Now the next question was tickets. Googled around to find this http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_agratajmahal_night.asp. As the tickets were only available at Agra i took the help of another friend who runs a travel company and helped us with ticket booking and hotel reservation.

We got the tickets for 30sep. So the final itinerary was as follows

Sunday 30th - Agra, View Taj at night.
Monday 1st - Drive to Bharatpur. Visit bird sanctuary in the evening and early morning on tuesday.
Tuesday - Noon - Return to Delhi.


Day 1 : Sunday : Drive to Agra

Usually we start early morning to avoid traffic on NH2. But this time we started lazily by 10.30 thanks to yamuna express way and by 1 pm we were at Agra. Yamuna expressway drive was totally uneventfull. Wished if i had cruise control in my safari.

Post lunch we all were out to Sadar Bazaar for shopping as our time slot for night visit was at 9.30 pm.

We reached shilpgram by 9 and after the document verification and security check we were escorted in a Mini van to East gate. The entire area is filled with CRPF police.
Again at East gate all our tickets and security check was done and we entered Taj complex at the scheduled time. I was pretty surprised with the time punctuality.

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Here is the Information & checklist of viewing Taj on fullmoon night

1. Viewing : 2 nights before full moon, full moon night, and 2 nights after full moon ie 5 nights.

2. Buying Tickets : Only one day before and is available only at Agra.
http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_agratajmahal_night.asp this website gives all the details


3. 400 tourist per night : 8 batches of 50 people for 30 minutes.

4. Timing : 08:30 pm to 12:30 pm. IMO best time will be 10:30 or 11:00 pm slots.

5. Buying tickets : Book a hotel and these guys should help in buying tickets.

6. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR BOOKING : Photos IDs with address and age. You need to carry these while visiting. Though nobody verified the same at security.

7. Tickets : Adults : Rs 510/- and Kids : Rs 500/-

8. Camera bags was not allowed. I had to keep empty bag in locker there. You can carry additional lens. Tripod not allowed. Video camera not allowed.

9. Preferably stay near Shilp Gram - Near East Gate one has to report here first. There are lots of hotels there. We stayed in The Retreat. We walked down from there.

10. You have to report @ shilpgram 30 min before the schedule time. Time schedule is strictly followed.


Photography is very difficult as there is no light and long exposure without tripod is almost impossible. I shot at high ISO and managed to get couple of shots. You have to be there to actually enjoy the beauty. Its not what it can be captured on a camera.
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Day - 2

We got up early to be at Eastern gate by 6 am for some sun rise shots. There was decent crowd all foreigners.
We spent a good 2 hrs there and were back at hotel by 8.30.
Checkout from hotel by 11 and headed for Bharatpur.

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