Agra, India


Agra is a city in the north state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 km from the city of New Delhi. Agra has the
Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings and tourist destinations in the world, and two other Unesco
World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city. Pollution in the Agra, especially smog and litter, is rampant
and travelers are pestered by swarms of touts and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace.
Source: Wikitravel

(L) Approch to Agra Fort (R) The posted sign of the World Heritage

(L) Map of Agra City (R) Admission ticket to the Agra Fort

Agra Fort

The fort is similar in layout to the Red Fort in Delhi, but considerably better preserved, as much of Delhi Fort
was razed by the British after the Mutiny. As much as a palace as a defensive structure, it is also constructed
mainly from red sandstone. Emperor Akbar, king at 14, began consolidating his empire and, as an assertion
of his power built the fort in Agra between 1565 and 1571, at the same time as Humayun's Tomb in Delhi.
Emperor Shah Jahan added to the fort and ended up a prisoner in it. The fort has a beautiful view of his
masterpiece, the Taj Mahal, on a clear day. The fort has a beautiful view of his masterpiece, the Taj Mahal,
on a clear day.

(L) Entering the palace within Agra Fort (R) Agra Red fort Gate

(L) Islamic women wear a black cloth at the Agra Fort
(R) Indian woman sitting at the approach way

(L) Agra Fort
(R) Agra Fort, Hall of Public Audience, Uttar Pradesh, Agra

Palace,Uttar Pradesh of Agra Fort, Agra

(L) A gentle dog at Agra Fort
(M) Agra Fort, Hall of Public Audience, Uttar Pradesh, Agra
(R) Tourist group from the Western countries
All pictures were taken in March 2010.

Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb

Empress Nur Jehan built Itmad-Ud-Daulah's in the memory of her Father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister
of Emperor Jahangir, Located on the left bank of the Yamuna river, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform
garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways.On each corner are hexagonal towers, about thirteen
meters tall. The architecture comparison to many other Mughal-era tombs, it is sometimes described as a jewel
box. Its layout and use of white marble, pietra dura, exhibits a strong Persian influence.

The architecture itself is just like jewel box

(L) The well-decorated tiles with white marble stones (R) View of Gate from the Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb

Gateway and Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb

(L) Admission ticket to the tomb (R) Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb

Human, cattle and parakeet share the same air and water

(L) A horse is still an important transportation tool in India.
We saw a deceased person on a stretcher, who was covered with closes and many flowers,
carried by four people on the same street.
(R) Cattle are often seen on a side street.
(L) A bony cattle on a road (R) A narrow bridge often causes a traffic jam.
(L) A large number of women are washing their clothes at a river.
(R) Very skilful driving technic is mandatory in India.
All pictures were taken in March 2010.

A weaver in Agra is knitting a carpet. This craft, as many other, supposedly goes back to the masters building the Taj Mahal.
However, as far as the shopping in Agra, be careful, since Agra is one of the worst cities for touts, rickshaw drivers and guides.



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