Taj Mahal in one minute

What if it was possible to experience Taj Mahal in one minute – what should that experience have?

At least Taj Mahal at different times of the day – Taj Mahal at sunrise, in the middle of the day, Taj Mahal in the afternoon, Taj Mahal at sunset and Taj Mahal in the night time.

All this, and immediately in the beginning of the video below, you will see what Taj Mahal looks like before the sunrise, in the twilight, when in reality the Muslim prayer invitations are echoed outside, and how the first sun rays of the morning make the Taj Mahal dome roof glow.

You can also see how the Taj Mahal, known also as Taj-Bibi-ra-Rauza, the Garden-Tomb of the Taj Queen, looks like when seen from the Red Fort in Agra – That is where the ruler Shah Jahan spent his last years of life in prison, captured by his son, looking at the beautiful Taj Mahal. Mausoleum, built for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, as a symbol of eternal love. Historical writings tell us that Mumtaz Mahal, Arjumand Banu Begum by her birth name, had died in her 14th childbirth.

The video will also show brick-red gate walls flanking the park and fountain next to Taj Mahal. The main entrance for Taj Mahal park area is through the brick-red wall gate. In addition, you can see, for example, a red mosque building in the courtyard. The two other queens of Shan Jahan, living under the shadow of Mumtaz, where also buried in this area and have their tombs there.

From the video you can see how many tourists there are around Taj Mahal. Tourists from all over India and around the world have come to see this one of the world’s 7 miracles, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is also the Red Fort, near Taj Mahal in Agra. Tourists walk in the mausoleum and around it with bare foot or recyclable shoe covers to keep the Taj Mahal’s marble floors clean and undamaged.

The first images of this video were photoshot in 2007 and this video has been shot in various occasions in winter as well as in summer time before the monsoon.
During the winter months in January, people in Agra wore long-sleeved wool and top coats, but in the summer, short-sleeved kurta-shirts and saritops were common.

Taj Mahal literally dazzles its viewer while the sun is shining as the bright sun is reflected in so many different ways from the skilful walls of that building. You get some idea of the size of Taj Mahal when you look at the pictures of tourists in front of the Taj Mahal.
This video Taj Mahal in one minute takes its viewer also very near of Taj Mahal, to the contact distance – you can see close-ups of Taj Mahal wall decorations and wall embossings.

You can also see what the environment of Taj Mahal looks like from inside the building – but Mumtaz Mahal’s and Shah Jahan’s marble tombstones within the mausoleum are left as a mystery to the viewer.

Taj Mahal was built on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, which is also seen on this video, and it took 11 years to build this mausoleum. The construction of the other buildings and the park surrounding the Taj Mahal continued for a few more years on top of that.
What else in this world has been built for so long?

About Taj Mahal – experiences

Hardly any words can fully describe the architectural beauty of Taj Mahal. And even though the pictures tell a lot, they do not cover exhaustively the experience of Taj Mahal. Like how cold the Taj Mahal’s marble stone feels, how dazzling the marble is in the sunshine, how many shades of white can be found on the Taj Mahal’s surface, how beautiful is the aquamarine colour in the Taj Mahal’s fountain, how high is the Taj Mahal in relation to the adjacent Yamuna River and what kind of a great landscape opens up behind the Taj Mahal. Or how do the local inhabitants cool off by the Yamuna River during the summer heat.

Or how do you feel after a long journey, on a hot day in India, after all the challenges associated with traveling, when you are finally there in Agra. And after having paid the entrance fee to the Taj Mahal, and heading among other people towards the red arch through which you have to enter, you can finally see somewhere behind the people’s shoulders something dazzling white blinking, and when you go through the gate, all of this opens up to you –

Note: One can adjust the speed of a YouTube -video to one’s liking.

Get to know more about Taj Mahal, Agra and India with the help of Travel Opus to India.

You can read about Taj Mahal also in Finnish.

12 ways to travel in India (video)

Today let me introduce to you a video titled  12 ways to travel in India.

It took some ten years to shoot this video. The reason being that the scenes are from various parts of India: East, North and West of India, and I was actually living in Finland most of the time. The distance between India and Finland is some 6000 kilometers. But here it is now – 12 ways to travel in India, in just two minutes – a video inspiring and encouraging other travellers to try the Indian train, camel, horse, scooter, airplane, bicycle rickshaw and what else – see it for yourself!

During all this time I’ve been blogging in Finnish, and you can read the Travel Opus to India in Finnish here. Find some of them articles about India in English here.

You might also be interested in reading some specific Indivue articles only about Agra, Delhi, Chennai, Goa, Panjim, GokarnJaipurMumbai, and Rishikesh.for example – Find them easily from the links and check out later for updates!

But here now, the short video

12 ways to travel in India, for a foreigner,

with videos and music by Indivue.

 

See also the India video collection, the videos of which will tell you about the real India the way I saw it, heard it, experienced it, and subscribe Indivue YouTube-channel for more updates to come! You will find plenty of videos especially from North and Central Goa and South Goa as well.

 

 



Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri, India (video preview)

This Indivue Travel Video will take you ten years back in India, to a small town named Fatehpur Sikri in Agra district in Uttar Pradesh, and to a sight called Buland Darwaza, which is the main entrance to a famous Muslim mosque there.

After watching this short video of Buland Darwaza and the surrounding sceneries, you will get to see more videos of the same topic, so enjoy your adventure!

See also plenty of other videos from India and Europe in Indivue’s YouTube channel and follow Indivue for more videos to come!

Find more articles about Agra in India here!

Oheinen video vie sinut Intian Agraan ja kylään nimeltä Fatehpur Sikri, jossa sijaitsevan kuuluisan moskeijan sisäänkäyntiä kutsutaan nimeltä Buland Darwaza. 

Lue artikkeli Buland Darwazasta suomeksi täällä!

Sunset behind Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra, India (video preview)

Today let me introduce to you what the sunset looks like and sounds like behind the most famous sight in India, Taj Mahal. You know, sunsettime is really a perfect time to visit Taj Mahal.

In addition to video, see also a collection of photographs of Taj Mahal itself here!

See also what it was like to blog from India over 10 years back – in the authentic blogpost from India in 2007 and Taj Mahal back then!

Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, and near by Taj Mahal is also another famous sight, the Red Fort in Agra. They were built by the famous emperor Shah Jahan. You can see the walls of Red Fort in Agra filmed some 10 years back, in 2007, in the other video.

After watching this short video about Red Fort in Agra, find a video of Taj Mahal in one minute – check it out!

Read more about Agra and India in Travel Opus to India!

Art and travel tips for Agra, India

A beautiful scene from Agra, India, was the inspirer for this digital painting.

You know Taj Mahal, the most famous sight in India, is located in Agra,
and the river running behind Taj Mahal can be seen in this painting as well.

During the time, when this painting started, there was no fast highway from Delhi to Agra, like there is nowadays, making the travelling there a lot more easier.
Taj Mahal indeed is an incredibly beautiful sight and definitely worth seeing. I myself would go there anytime again,
especially in the morning or evening hours, when the light is at its best.
If you’re planning to go to Agra yourself, check out the latest travelideas, hotels, sights and restaurants for Agra from here http://bit.ly/AgraTravel

But back to the painting from Agra – The wheather in India that day, when this painting started, was sunny and dry and the daytime temperature was above 40 degrees. Coincidently, the artist’s temperature was also almost 40 degrees back then that day, but it didn’t stop her – she wanted to see the Taj Mahal and so she did it, because she might not have gotten another chance, at least anytime soon.
High temperatures combined with slow internet and the lack of proper equipment, technique and funding were the reasons why it took whole ten years for this digital painting to be made. Yes, the internet in India at that time was very very slow, and posting a mere fifty kilobyte picture to the internet took several tens of minutes.

But times they are a-changing – check out the instaimages from Agra now from here:

Read more about Agra and India from Travel Opus to India

and Indivue digital paintings here.

See also Sunset behind Taj Mahal

and read about Agra in Finnish here.

Digital painting inspired by Agra, India

Indivue tweets in June 2014

Back in 2014 the heat in India was so high, that even the Finnish news channels mentioned it. Delhi people had made noice because of the power cuts.

No wonder if the atmosphere is heated when the temperature is +48C, since it will feel like going to a sauna when you take a mere shower.

Here’s some photos from Agra in +44C heat.

Interestingly BBC told in June that the beautiful Taj Mahal in India has suffered because of the pollution. This is why people in India were going to give it a mud treatment in order to remove the yellow colorings.

Having experienced a professional Indian mud facial, Indivue has no doubt that this mud treatment won’t work.


 15th of June was a Father’s Day in India and 21st of June was a Midsummer in Finland. Good news was that a first Bollywood movie will be shot in Finland, partially. The movie is called Shamitabh and it is starring Amitabh Bachchan. The premiere of the movie might be in February 2015.

Unfortunately Amitabh Bachchan did not come to Finland for the shooting, but the good thing is that Finland will now be a part of a Bollywood movie after so many years of blogging about Bollywood in Finnish.

And talking about Bollywood, one movie review was also made in June. It was about Shaadi Ke Side-Effects, which unseriously reminded us about the bad sides of marriage and how to beat the marriage problems happily.

Shaadi Ke Side Effects got three stars (***) from Indivue.

Tweets continue in @indivuecom!

Taj Mahal, India, and a digital compact camera in 2007

View from Taj Mahal

This is Taj Mahal in Agra, India, in 2007. Photos taken with a digital compact camera.

For a comparison, see also photographs of Taj Mahal with a phonecamera here 

and Taj Mahal with a SLR camera in here.

Taj Mahal, India, and a compact camera in the year 2007
Taj Mahal, India, with a digital compact camera in 2007

Taj Mahal, India, and a compact camera in the year 2007
Taj Mahal and people

Taj Mahal, India, and a compact camera in the year 2007
The entrance to the Taj Mahal

Yamuna river flowing behind Taj Mahal
Yamuna river flowing behind Taj Mahal

Tourists behind Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal at dusk
Taj Mahal at dusk

Sunset seen from Taj Mahal
Sunset seen from Taj Mahal



See also the video how the sunset behind Taj Mahal looks and sounds like

and find all about Taj Mahal here!