From very childhood, I have seen various glimpses of Taj Mahal, in books , televisions , printed media. So visiting the most sought after place in India was always on top my bucket list. As a travel photographer, I always do my research early. Various images of Taj Mahal on different social platform, gives a virtual tour of the iconic monument. This effectively helps in framing images and keeps me well prepared about what to expect.
So Agra was essentially a part of our "Golden Triangle" trip, which we had last December. I was touring with my family. We had two full days allocated for exploring Agra (including Mathura). We stayed at hotel Atithi, which happened to be around 2 km from Taj Mahal. The hotel was decent, but overpriced for the services they offered. Also it happened to be peak season! My aim was to visit Taj, early in the morning. It was 28 December, 2019. I woke up around 4:30 am in the morning. It was terribly cold. Temperature was around 2-3 deg Celsius. My camera bag was already packed and ready. All I had to do was to wear four layers of clothes. That's it!
Luckily I found an Uber, and it arrived in no time. From hotel, to the East Gate drop off point, it hardly took 15 minutes. It was densely foggy night (err day! whatever). The driver was polite and he dropped me somewhere near the eastern gate. Once I left the cab, all I could see a beautifully lit concrete path, devoid of human presence. Occasionally, battery cars passed by, filled with tourists, who too were eager to have a glimpse of the "architectural marvel" at the break of dawn.