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8 Highlights Of Agra

It’s Much More than “Only” The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, Agra, Rajasthan, India

Taj Mahal, Agra

There is so much more to Agra than “only” the Taj Mahal. It is sad to see that many tours consider Agra only worth a day trip from Delhi. Agra has a lot to offer, and you will need 2.5 to 3 days to explore it all without rushing around.

 

 

 

 

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It Is All About Symmetry – Mughal Tombs

Itimad-ud-Daulah, better known as the "Baby Taj", Agra, India

Itimad-ud-Daulah, better known as the “Baby Taj”, Agra, India

Mughal tombs and palaces are Rajasthan’s trademark. The delicate decoration inside (lots of tiles) and outside is a mélange of Islamic, Persian, Afghan and Indian styles, but the most striking characteristic is the symmetry and clarity. All tombs follow a certain format! Continue Reading →

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Agra’s Other Treasures – Agra Fort

Outside Walls of the Red Fort, Agra, Rajasthan, India

Outside Walls of the Red Fort, Agra, Rajasthan, India

Our entire focus was on Agra’s most famous sight, the Taj Mahal, so the beauty of 16th century Agra Fort, a mélange of red sandstone and white marble, came as a pleasant surprise. For its early Mughal ruler, Akbar, it served as a mighty fort. The huge moot running around is the first hint of its defensive character during times long gone. The impressive outside walls are dark-red and the majority of the buildings are of the same color. Later, Sha Jahan used his favorite building material, white marble, to turn this fort into a palace. Continue Reading →

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