INDIA: Taj Mahal and Diwali

A recent trip to India – my first experience in India – was amazing.  It really is INCREDIBLE INDIA.  Over a period of 26 days, I visited 10 locations – each worthy of their own blog post:  Agra, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Fort Khejarla, Manvar, Pushkar (and the Pushkar Camel Fair), Jaipur, Haridwar and Varanasi.  Over the next couple of months, as I review and edit an embarrassingly large number of images, I will post entries for each of these locations.

The first stop on the trip was Agra to see the famed white marble mausoleum:  the Taj Mahal.  How can a trip to India not include the Taj?  We visited on two occasions – once in the evening to view the Taj from across the Yamuna River that runs behind her; and once in the early morning hours as the sun rose and lit her up in the most beautiful way.  The Taj herself is indescribably beautiful; so much so that I was faced with a dilemma.  How do I capture images of this landmark that express how I saw her?  I made lots of images in full color that didn’t quite seem to do it.  So, I opted for monochrome and voilà – images that somehow showed her in a more regal light, reminiscent of her grand history.

We were especially lucky on this visit to arrive in Agra on the day of the Diwali celebration.  Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is celebrated over 5 days – think lights, fireworks, candles, and marigolds by the millions decorating everything from storefronts to rickshaws.  It is the celebration of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.  Marigolds are sold by the kilo from roadside carts too numerous to count.  Below are a few images taken at one such cart set beside the rusting hulks of iron that were part of a dismantled bridge.

Until next time when we meet in Delhi . . . Namaskār


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6 Responses to INDIA: Taj Mahal and Diwali

  1. Amazing work, Lisa.
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the image of the Taj with the sunspots and couple in the foreground.
    Cant wait to see more

  2. Amazing work indeed.. I agree that the black and white photographs give the Taj a sense of majesty that it deserves. You went to Agra pre-trip? Did you go solo? Who did you use as an agent there?

    • Thank you Catherine! A few of us from Karl’s trip added a pre-trip extension to Agra – Jim set it up for us through India Exotica (the group Karl uses in India) – so it was really easy. It’s a long haul from Delhi – but worth it.

  3. Looks like another great adventure, with lots of eye candy. Thanks for sending me the link to your blog; I’ll enjoy seeing what you are up to. You’ve got some stunning images in the group, giving the Taj all the mystery it deserves.

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