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July 23, 2009

Photo of the Day: The Back of the Taj Mahal

Back-of-the-Taj-Mahal Wanwisa Posner, the winner of last year's Dream Trip Contest, has just gotten back from her $25,000 adventure. Read what Wanwisa has to say about her travels in her blog entries over at the Perrin Post, and take a shot at winning your own vacation of a lifetime by enrolling in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You have until July 31 to enter. For inspiration, here's a  recent submission from our Dream Trip Gallery.

At first glance, today's Photo of the Day appears to be a straightforward framing of the iconic landmark of the Taj Mahal. On closer inspection, something is a little off: Since when has there been a field of marigolds in the grounds of Agra, India's famed mausoleum?

Dream Trip entrant dmaij solves the mystery while describing a travel memory in the Dream Trip entry "A Backwards Taj".

"Across the Yamuna River and opposite the Taj Mahal, my friends and I had a chance to look at a wonder of the world in a way that most visitors never consider," writes dmaij, who wandered the plantings and foundations of an unbuilt, mirror-image Black Taj that the widowed builder of the Taj Mahal planned for his own internment across the river from the tomb of his beloved wife. "As I walked along the central axis of the garden next to meters and meters of wildflowers, I imagined the young Shah Jahan in mourning and how he approached the tomb from the river--not the series of gates and manicured gardens all the tourists maneuver through today."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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