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Agra

By marksams, 04/18/2010 - 12:03

Agra was day 2 of our 'Intrepid' India Tour of the Golden Triangle, assisted by our guide, Jitu.

Day 2 Highlights...

- Taj Mahal
- A monument to love / tomb for deceased wife
- Built by Emperor Shah Jehan, taking 22 years/20,000 men
- Agra Fort
- Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar
- Partly converted to a palace by Emperor Shah Jehan
- Emperor Shah Jehan kept under house arrest in Agra Fort from the age of 70 by his son who murdered his siblings to take power
- View of the Taj Mahal from the tower where he was kept under house arrest
- Brief stop at a local market
- Saw wild cows eating from rubbish bins :-)
- There are many, many, wild animals living alongside humans in the cities; part of the charm of India apparently!

Day 3 Highlights...

On Day 3 of our 'Intrepid' India Tour of the Golden Triangle, we took a morning visit to the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, 40km outside of Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri
- Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569
- Abandoned after 10 years due to scarcity of water
- Highlights include Jama Masjid (mosque) and Buland Darwaza (the gate of victory)

Travelling to/from Agra
- Day 1 of tour: Drove to Agra in the afternoon after visiting Old Delhi
- Day 3 of tour: Drove to Jaipur after visiting Fatehpur Sikri

Where we stayed
- 'Raj Mahal' Hotel for 2 nights (recommended)

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