Saturday, March 29, 2014

Agra


After visiting the Taj Mahal, we spent the rest of our day in Agra visiting other local sites.  Since we'd gone to the Taj very early in the morning, we had breakfast and then set off for the Agra Fort.  


Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.  Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort, from which he had a view of the building erected for his deceased wife.



After Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son in Agra Fort, this was his view of the Taj Mahal.



We took a rickshaw across the river.  Here is Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb - built several years before the Taj Mahal.


View of the Taj Mahal from the opposite bank of the river.

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