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!
- 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)
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.
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)