I'm making plans for visiting Agra and having read all the information I'm a bit overwhelmed with precautions to the point of panic.
I'm a passionate (although amateur) photographer, I travel alone, and, of course, would love to take some pictures of Taj Mahal (well, if there is no fog) and as a coinsidence at the time of my travel (1-3 January) it will be full moon which, again, if there's no fog, could provide fabulous conditions for a great photo shot. Also, having read the tips etc I'm falling more for the 'from across the river bank' photo spot since I want to use a tripod and avoid people. But at the same time, I am not feeling confident at the thought of having to wander around with expensive photography equipment on my own, especially during the night.
Can anyone who's been there/done that advise if my worries are maybe oexaggerated? maybe this spot at the river bank is crowded with photographers 24x7 so I would not be alone there (suppose I could get a taxi right to the spot)?
I've been thinking through all possible options from tours (that I had to drop because I don't suppose I'd be able to afford a private one (though I will continue looking into this subject - maybe I can find something affordable) and the group tour would not likely go (a) when I want to (b) at all go to the river bank & (c) spend there enough time for a crazy amateur photographer to get a satisfying shot), to actually finding someone local who could accompany me and maaaaybe keep away unwanted company (I know, silly, but I'm desperate).
I have no experience with India whatsoever so apologies for possible offending prejudice in my post but it's based fully on what I've read/heard from other people. And I understand that if I had some company with me it would probably be completely different...
Anyways, I'm open for any suggestions. Many thanks in advance!