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……
to the tomb of I’timad-Ud-Daulah.
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
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.
It was hard to pay attention with this backdrop!
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.
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.
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!
Aglow in morning light.
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.
Visiting the Taj Mahal was definitely a highlight of this trip.