Today, we explored the incredible Taj Mahal.

We first visited “Mehtab Bagh” or Moonlight Garden–a large open garden complex behind the Taj, to get a different perspective. Originally created as an ideal viewing area for the mausoleum wonder of the world, legend has it that Shah Jahan, the Mughal ruler who erected the Taj, wished to build an identical structure for himself, except in black marble. This was accredited to Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s diary, but is widely considered a myth.

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We entered the main compound at 5 am the next morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed. The students walked around to find new, interesting angles of the Taj, so as not to only get the generic shots. We ran into some pretty fierce wildlife as well, including feisty squirrels and a couple of sparrows.

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We returned to our hotel for breakfast and journeyed on to Bharatpur, a city in Rajasthan, where we would stay at a heritage hotel and visit Keoladeo National Park, a famous bird sanctuary.