Himachal Pradesh means land of snowy mountains. This image is from Jot Pass. It is 70 km from Pathankhot and at a height of 8,600 feet above sea level. Dalhousie is 8 km by trekking!
Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved begum, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the seven wonders of the world.
I shot this image of Taj Mahal when the sun was close to the horizon. The slanting rays of sun cast a touch of pink to left of the dome and minarets.
Many tourists visit Taj Mahal and crowds throng the area. The walkways are on both sides and I was able to avoid people showing up on the photo by positioning myself in the middle of the grounds.
Pathankhot is 80 km from Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. The distance can be covered in an hour and 45 minute by car. The route is scenic with spectacular mountain views. The road is narrow and winding. Two trucks can barely scrape past each other. However there is not much of traffic on the road. One may see an army truck now and then. Parts of the road are maintained by Border Roads Organisation.
Dalhousie is at a height of 2000 metres and has a cool climate. Temperatures can drop below zero in December and January. Population is close to 10,000. It is named after the British Viceroy, Lord Dalhousie. It is the conviction of some residents that on a clear night they can see Lahore across the Indo-Pak border.Nearest railway station is Pathankhot which is 108 km from Jammu.