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Hi Everybody,

There are million of images of Taj million times better than this image. Even in TE I found many stunning images of Taj Mahal. But last year when I travelled to this marvelous place I found it not so stunning not a typical Photographer's sight. It was turning pale, an Ugly side of it.

The Taj The 350-year-old "monument to love" is renowned as much for its symmetry of proportions as for its intricate details. Built of pure white marble, the Taj is imbued with a delicate pink tint at dawn. It turns dazzling white by noon and then at dusk it is a pearly gray. On a full moon night it is bathed in a soft silver light. And when the sky is overcast with heavy monsoon clouds, the Taj turns a brooding blue-gray.

But the Taj's translucent white marble exterior is yellowing because of pollution. There is fungus in its interiors. "Airborne particles are being deposited on the monument's marble surface, giving it a grimy yellow tinge," a parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture noted in a report this year. While pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide gases are generally within permissible limits, high levels of "suspended particulate matter" have been recorded, except during the rainy season, the report said.

The Taj has been under threat for centuries. Its precious stones and ornate doorways were looted in the 18th and 19th centuries. During World War II and the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, the Taj was protected from possible air strikes by the erection of elaborate scaffolding around the monument. And in recent decades, the monument has figured on terrorists' hit lists.

Ugly graffiti on its walls etched by tourists eager to leave their mark on the monument has scarred its walls. More devastating is the environmental pollution that is eating away the Taj. The Mathura Refinery (located about 30 kilometers from Agra), iron foundries, glass factories and brick kilns as well as vehicles in and around Agra are belching smoke. Fumes mix with moisture in the atmosphere to produce "acid rain" that is corroding the Taj's complexion. Experts describe it as "marble cancer".

I hope you will appreciate the efforts.

Regards
Tushar

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