AGRA – Taj Mahal at Sunrise
You can enter the grounds just at sunrise to watch the rising sun change the colour of the light on the marble. (Arrived before 7AM opening in mid-February, west gate…)
Everyone gets their photo taken here…
The beautiful symmetry of building extends to the gardens and reflecting pool.
Example of the inlay work, assorted coloured stones in the marble.
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We visited a marble inlay workshop where they make tabletops, plates and other souvenir items for tourists, same technique as the original Taj Mahal decoration. Here the craftsman cuts grinds the coloured stone pieces to shape, and then fits the coloured pieces to the pattern overlaid on the base. Once all the pieces are ready and fit to the pattern, the marble is carved so the pieces can be inlaid flush with glue. The result is then polished.