A Tear-Drop on the Cheek of Time
“Let the splendor of diamond, pearl, and ruby vanish like the magic shimmer of the rainbow. Only let this one tear-drop, this Tajmahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in the mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal, seen here at dawn, rises effortlessly on an architectural platform overlooking the Yamuna River, a tributary of the Ganges.
Meaning literally ‘crown of palaces’, the Taj Mahal is considered to be the jewel of Mughal architecture in India, and one of the world’s most magnificent buildings.
We photograph the Taj Mahal on our Sacred India Photography Expedition, a Unique Photographic Journey to the most important religious sites in northern India.