Rajasthan Road Trip Part 2: Agra

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.

Fatehpur Siri

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.

 Agra

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.

Agra Fort

It’s a nice fort, as forts go.  I liked the courtyards.

We got a nice view of the Taj Mahal:

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I liked the structure of the fort.  It had lots of long lines and arches that were fun to photograph.

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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.

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Mehta Bagh

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.  dsc_2456I 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.

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