Agra is not technically in Rajasthan. But if you go to New Delhi, it makes sense to go to Agra because it’s only 2 hours away. And you know, it has the Taj Mahal and stuff.
On the way to Agra, we stopped at Fatehpur Siri. People say it’s an important historical sight, but I was unimpressed. I suppose it was well kept, but it was pretty plain to look at. I guess after some of the stuff we’d already seen, my eyes were hard to impress.
We arrived in Agra on a Thursday evening. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, so on Friday we went to the Agra Fort. We also visited the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah and we snuck a peak of the Taj Mahal from across the river.
It’s a nice fort, as forts go. I liked the courtyards.
We got a nice view of the Taj Mahal:
I liked the structure of the fort. It had lots of long lines and arches that were fun to photograph.
Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah
This tomb is often called the “Baby Taj” because it thought of as the draft for the Taj Mahal.
We were really eager to take a look at the Taj Mahal. We heard about a park that is actually across the river behind the Taj Mahal, where we could get a really good view of it. Mehta Bagh is a garden located across the Yamuna River.
After the Mehta Bagh we headed over to The Oberoi Amarvilas: the fancy pants hotel and restaurant with a view of the Taj Mahal. I had a cocktail on the balcony and then we went downstairs to have a very fancy dinner that did not disappoint.
The Taj Mahal
We woke up before dawn to see the sun rise at the Taj Mahal. I haven’t seen the Taj Mahal in any other way, but I’m pretty sure this is the best. It was everything I’d hoped it would be.