To everyone's surprise, a humorous panoramic photo shot by Sergei Semyonov in front of a window of a 37 floor Millennium Hotel in New York (7 million views) left behind our most popular and unique panorama shots in the skies above the pyramids of Egypt (3 million views) and Taj Mahal (2 million views)...
The Taj Mahal holds one of the most important places in the list of "The New 7 Wonders of the World".
Despite its Muslim origin, this white marble Necropolis has actually become a symbol of India. Serious safety measures are taken in order to preserve it. The 500 meters area around the complex is equipped to serve as a special protection zone.
Cars have to park 2 kilometers away from the entrance so the tourists can get there with rickshaws, carts or electric vehicles, as it is believed that the exhaust gases can make the marble cladding go yellow. Even on the other side of the river Yamuna, on the banks of which it is located, the area is protected with a barbed wire fence.
Security guards' numbers are in their hundreds.
In 1997, the famous Frenchman Bertrand took a picture of the Taj Mahal from a helicopter. For 15 years after that there was no permission granted to shoot the monument from above. But AirPano has managed to achieve the impossible: we have received this permission, and at this moment our photographers Dmitry Moiseenko and Stanislav Sedov are on their way back to Moscow with the footage. A virtual tour of the photo-shoot will appear on the website in May.