I have a vertical version of that photo printed BIG and hanging up in my house.
It was a hazy, polluted dawn when I took these photos, people everywhere even at that early hour, and yet the Taj Mahal was breathtaking. Majestic, imposing, delicate, detailed.
As I traveled through India and saw all these amazing buildings and palaces and forts, I often questioned how it was that the Taj Mahal was so familiar to us but we'd never even heard of these other wonders. Sure, the Princess Diana photo made headlines around the world (that's 'Lady Di's chair' in the background), but why? Why was this place so special?
Then I went there myself, almost giddy with that 'I can't believe I'm actually here' feeling.
I don't know why it is that special, but it is. It really is.