A good guide takes you to the places you expect to go and ensures you get the experience you paid for. A great guide digs deeper into your mind and finds out what you REALLY want and gives it to you. My guide Shashi at the Taj Majal was a great guide. After a few minutes of working with me, he figured I didn’t just want to see the usual sites at the Taj Mahal but that I wanted to see it from an unusual perspective.
Soon we were jumping a fence here and there, hiking around a village and over mounds of the centuries-old detritus of the construction of the Taj to see It in another way. What Sashi took me to was this little-known area to the east of the Taj in an area only the local villagers see. From there the Taj could be viewed from a distance and not surrounded by a city but amidst trees and bushes. It was a great perspective and like none I’d seen before in anyone else’s photography. If I ever go back, I’d like to do so in the evening or morning because it is at those times and in that location is where I’m sure I could get a truly unique photo. And when I do go back, I’ll have Shashi take me there.