8 Incredible Tips for best photos In Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one of the most photographed buildings in the world. If you are looking to get best Taj Mahal-Pushkar Camel Fair Photography Tourphotos in Taj Mahal at sunrise or want to get yourself clicked then it won’t happen that easily. You really have to plan your visit in advance. Best photos in  Taj Mahal at sunrise,  Taj Mahal same day Tour, Taj Mahal Photography Tour is other popular tours for Taj Mahal. Following Tips may be helpful to make your visit memorable

Tip #1- Avoid Weekend

Taj Mahal at sunrise is most crowded on Weekend especially Saturday morning. On Friday Taj Mahal remain close, so everyone either they plan their visits on Thursday afternoon or Saturday morning. So, no matters how early you start, you will always see the crowd on both entrance gates. So avoid these times.

Tip #2- Start Early Morning-

Always plan your visit for Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taj Mahal gate opens 30 mins before sunrise. So, you can check sunrise time in the local newspaper or online. Usually, I use this website to check the sunrise or sunset time. (Sunrise time in Agra). If you are a professional photographer then you can plan your visit in a better way by using “App- Photo pills”. It’s a paid app both for Android and I- Phones. After checking sunrise time, I will suggest starting at least 1.5 hrs before sunrise time. You can reach Either Eastern gate for entrance ( Close to Hotel The Oberoi- Amar Villas, o.5 Kms and Shilpgram Main parking, 1 km) or Western gate.

Tip #3- Buy a ticket online.

Ticket window opens approx. 1 hr before sunrise. If you want to be very early to enter Taj Mahal then it’s not worth to buy a ticket from the ticket window. By the time you will get your ticket, the queue at the entrance will be growing very long. Usually, guides buy tickets for their clients, big groups occupy their places first. So, if you have your guide then he can buy on your behalf. Otherwise, I will suggest that you should buy online. You can check the link (Buy Ticket online), or can visit official website- (www.asi.payumoney.com)). Online ticket is valid for 2 days but for 1 visit only. You don’t have to carry a print of the ticket. Screen shot on your phone will work. They just scan the bar code from your phone. Make sure every member should have a copy in their phone. Email, WhatsApp or screen shot work. You have to show your ID on the entrance. So either carry passport or copy of Passport in your mobile phone.

Tip #4- What Not To carry in Taj Mahal at Sunrise

The Last leg is clearing through the security check at Taj Mahal at sunrise. It can really take your time, and in case if they find something suspicious then it’s a hassle. Either you have to dispose that in a dustbin or have to get it to deposit in a locker which is outside, means you have to go through that queue again. So the best thing is don’t carry any additional bag with you, avoid the camera bag even, just carry your mobile phone, camera gear and some cash in case if needed. No eatables, smoking stuff, soft toys are allowed in. So the list is pretty long, better just carry your phone, cameras, water bottle and cash in pockets. If you are carrying a small bag then it has to pass through scanning machine and then will be check personally.

Tip #5- Best Spots for taking photos.Taj Mahal at sun rise

Once You are in then you can quickly rush in Taj Mahal to beat the crowd. I will advise you don’t stop even for a second on the 1st main platform. You can get a better reflection from the 2nd half of the pool. Quickly secure your place on Princess Diana Bench. After some quick shots then step down on another side towards Taj Mahal for some awesome reflection. Once you are done than last most popular spot for photography is from Mosque ( Left side monument from Taj Mahal). Through Mosque you can make a beautiful frame of Arch, Taj Mahal through it and Sun in the same frame.

Tip #6- What to wear

I will advise, you can wear some Indian traditional dresses. For girls it can be  Sarees and Kurta Pyjama for boys. Girls have more options to wear long dresses with big flair, solid colour like- Red, Blue, orange, Green, purple are more advisable. Pre wedding shoots at Taj mahal, Photo shoot at taj mahal, are some popular tour organize by Photography tour in India,  In summer it gets very hot and humid so cotton is advisable. Hats, colourful scarf can be very useful props. Umbrellas can also be used.
Carry additional water bottle, after so much of run and photo shoot, usually people get exhausted, so it’s advisable to carry additional water bottle with you.

Tip #7- Camera gears

In Taj Mahal, you don’t need tele lenses for photos. If you are using DSLR then, your Kit lens is more then sufficient. Additionally, you can carry wide angle lens for wider perception. Now days even Latest mobile phones are very useful, they have reduced the burden of carrying big cameras. Some phones have option to shoot in Raw, which give more options for post processing. Using external flash will be helpful to get rid of shadows. Don’t carry additional bag for your flash. I will advise to install it on camera only, while passing through security.

Tip #8- Hiring a professionalTaj Mahal Photo Tour

The best options for awesome photo shoot are taking services of professional photographer. Some guides are comfortable in operating DSLRs, but most no. Even professional Photographers in Taj Mahal they are not that technically sound and most importantly, they are allowed only up to centre platform. So, you should hire either professional photography guide or photographer. Don’t forget to tip additionally to your guide for awesome photos.

Photography Guide recommendation-

Get in touch with Indian Maharaja Tours if you are looking for Photography guide recommendations. Harsh Agarwal is one of known photography guide in northern India.