Everybody knows the story of the Taj Mahal. Everybody has seen the pictures. But nothing prepares you for its haunting beauty: white marble floating in the morning mist.
Coral Court Homestay, 15 minutes walk from the Taj Mahal, was an excellent place to stay.
Agra Fort aka Red Fort was the main residence of the Mughals emperors until 1638, when they moved to Delhi. It took 4,000 builders eight years to build. The 380,000 m2 fort, more of a walled city, was defended by 20 meter high walls, a moat with crocodiles and an inner perimeter patrolled by tigers.
01 October 2019
World Heritage Fatehpur Sikri, a fortified city, is about an hour from Agra enroute to Jaipur. The Mughal emperor, Akbar, constructed this imperial city in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, who predicted the birth of a son. It was the capital of Mughal Empire until 1585 and was later completely abandoned in 1610.
Emperor Akbar had 3 wives: a Moslem, a Hindu and a Christian. He wanted to be friends to all.