Incredible India 4 – Agra and the Red Fort

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Agra Fort, another World Heritage Site, was built by the Mughals in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 1500s.  The massive walls run 1 1/2 miles long and are 70 feet high.

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The complex is actually a fortified palace containing royal apartments, mosques and assembly halls….a walled city with over 500 buildings.

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There are several gates you pass through on your way inside.

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Peekaboo views of the Taj Mahal are everywhere.

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Wikipedia: “An interesting mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture is found here. In fact, some of the Islamic decorations feature haraam (sinful) images of living creatures – dragons, elephants and birds, instead of the usual patterns and calligraphy seen in Islamic surface decoration.”

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The emperor, Shah Jahan, who built the Taj as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, was imprisoned by his son in the Agra Fort.  It is said he died in the Musamman Burj, a tower with a beautiful marble balcony and a view of the Taj.

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Even though there were crowds you could still find quiet spaces. 

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We were treated to a lunch at the home of a local family.  They cooked for us in their walled garden.

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This is their lovely home (located behind a gated wall) and this is the gas station right next door.

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Agra, as all of India, is a study in contrasts.

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Not sure who this was but we drove around him several times.

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