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The Money Shot. Make your way quickly to where the four long pools intersect and once you’re on the stone platform, aim your camera towards the mausoleum with its reflection on the pool and flick away. This is your version of the classic Taj Mahal shot, and this is the only time you can get a clear shot of the monument reflected in the pool as the fountains are turned on an hour after the gates are opened.
Other Angles. The Taj Mahal looks just as good from any angle. On the east side is the jawab while on the west is the mosque. From both inside these buildings, you can get exquisite shots of the mausoleum framed by its teardrop doorways. Take note, you can only get this shot early in the morning as this area will be packed with people later in the day. Skip entering the mausoleum first and head down from the mosque to where the Taj Museum is. From this spot, you can do your jungle shots using the foliage in the Charbagh Garden to frame the dome. You have to do this all in a matter of 30 minutes or less. When you’re done, you can take it easy and go up the main mausoleum. Although photography is not allowed inside the main tomb, from the terrace you can take photos of its architectural details - from the calligraphy of Persian poems to the delicate piece of latticework on its walls.
Tickets. Can be used the entire day. You can get in early in the morning and come back anytime within the day. Bottled water is allowed inside and is provided free along with a guide map of the city for foreign visitors.
Prohibited Items. Except for cameras and mobiles phones, anything electronic such as video cameras, extra batteries, and mobile chargers are prohibited, as well as food and drinks, including gum, and anything that causes fire.
Guides. Only hire approved guides and photographers who show their Identification cards. It’s up to you if you want their help to get the best angles for your photos, however they ask for quite big tips after.