Incredible India 3 – Agra and the Taj Mahal

Agra is a three hour drive from New Delhi.  Along with Jaipur these 3 cities make up the “Golden Triangle” where the most popular Indian tourist attractions are found. 

After working through an Agra traffic jam we made our way across the river……

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to the tomb of  I’timad-Ud-Daulah.

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This mausoleum is sometimes called the Jewel Box, or the Baby Taj.  It was built in the early 1600s (before the Taj Mahal) and is made of white marble and inlayed with semi-precious stones

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Just before sundown we arrived at Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden), across the river from the Taj Mahal.  This was our first view of the Taj.

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DSC09059 C  An historian gave a talk.

It was hard to pay attention with this backdrop!

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The Taj at sunset. 

It’s much larger than I had expected.  You can see how little the people are walking along the base and above the wall.

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I have to include these Rules of the Garden.  Luckily we were on our best behavior!

The next morning we were up and out before dawn to be near the front of the line to enter the Taj grounds. 

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As the sun came up the gates opened and we were routed through airport style screening machines.  Soon we were through the Great Gate and in the gardens of the Taj.  We had around 3 hours to take it all in!

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Aglow in morning light.

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Like the Baby Taj, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum made of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones.  The height of the dome is 115 feet.  It was built in the mid 1600s by  a Mughal emperor in memory of his favorite wife who died in childbirth.

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DSC09159 C  DSC09163 C   Looking back at the Great Gate where we entered the garden.

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Visiting the Taj Mahal was definitely a highlight of this trip.


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6 Responses to Incredible India 3 – Agra and the Taj Mahal

  1. mark cole says:

    Always read your postings and don’t always comment. Love your photos and narration. It’s great to see the places you’ve been. Especially like the shots that include the two of you.

  2. Catherine says:

    Had never seen the “Jewel Box” or “Baby Taj” so that was a real treat! And how wonderful to relive the exquisite Taj Mahal. Even though it’s been many many years since I saw it, it’s beauty never decreases … only increases. Thanks so much for taking us along!

  3. Joanne Crawford says:

    Loved the photos and text from your blog, Gracia. Agra must have been a highlight of your trip. Even while you capture the beauty and magnificence, I’m sure photos just do not do it justice . . . truly a wonder of the world.

    Love from Joanne

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