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.
The complex is actually a fortified palace containing royal apartments, mosques and assembly halls….a walled city with over 500 buildings.
There are several gates you pass through on your way inside.
Peekaboo views of the Taj Mahal are everywhere.
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.”
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.
Even though there were crowds you could still find quiet spaces.
We were treated to a lunch at the home of a local family. They cooked for us in their walled garden.
This is their lovely home (located behind a gated wall) and this is the gas station right next door.
Agra, as all of India, is a study in contrasts.
Not sure who this was but we drove around him several times.