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The women and the Taj | by Dan Wiklund
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The women and the Taj

It was a warm April evening on the riverside of Taj Mahal. The sun was going down behind Agra fort close by while spreading its spreading its warm light. Suddenly two Muslim women in veil walk past. I wonder where they were going...


During the wet season most of this seem to be water filled but this is a very very warm april so most of the Yumana river was dry riverbed.


A team from BBC was also nearby shooting the slow decent of the sun behind the horizon. They were shooting material for a documentary series about cultures which was supposed to air a year later. It is now a year later so maybe it has starting showing...


Taj Mahal was one of the monuments elected as the new seven wonders couple of years ago. It is constructed in white marble and was completed in 1653 after construction started in 1631. The construction was ordered bu Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved second wife Mumtaz who died while giving birth to their 14th! child. Some say that the plan was to build a black building for himself. He was thrown of the throne by his own son so it that really was the plan he never managed to complete them - Instead they are both buried inside the Taj.


You should really watch this Large On Black since that brings out a lot more details. My pictures aren't balanced for a white background and a lot of the finer details are lost in this small format.

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Taken on April 28, 2008