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Mughals in Agra

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An August 2005 trip to Agra by baroudeur2004

Taj Mahal Photo, Agra, India More Photos
Quote: The end of my trip on the steps of the Mughal Emperors. Truly magical moments that I am trying to share with you.

Mughals in Agra

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Overview

Panch Mahal Photo, Agra, India
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If you are going on the steps of the Mughal emperors, Agra, a dusty city in Uttar Pradesh and the ancient capital of the Mughal Empire is a stop that you cannot miss, especially after Lahore in Pakistan and Delhi. Agra is most often visited on a day trip from Delhi. It cannot be visited entirely on one single day though since it has so many amazing sites to offer. The most famous one is undoubtedly the so-amazing-that-I-am-lost-for-words Taj Mahal which is visited by millions of people every year. However, I believe the Taj Mahal is not the first thing you ought to see in Agra. My itinerary would be as follows if you like Mughal architecture: I would go stra...Read More

Hotel Kamal

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Hotel

Taj Mahal Photo, Agra, India
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When I was in Jaislmer, I booked a night at Hotel Kamal through the phone since I knew this was the only hotel in Taj Ganj with a full frontal view of the Taj Mahal on its roof.. I really did not care about the cleanliness or the space I would have in my room. When I arrived at Agra Cantonment train station from Bikaner (my next stop after Jaisalmer) an early morning of August, I made sure not to reveal the hotel name to the rickshaw drivers even though they were really insistent. I just asked them to drive me to the entrance of the Taj Mahal without more explanations. However, the driver realised what I was looking for and dropped me just in front of Hotel Kamal and he was honest eno...Read More

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Taj Mahal

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Attraction | "Taj Mahal - Impressions - "

Taj Mahal Photo, Agra, India
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I have read all the reviews that have been written to date about the Taj Mahal and none of them satisfied me because they did not even capture the quintessence of this monument. Even myself, I could not do better because I would not doing any justice to the perfection of the Taj Mahal by describing it in a language that is not my mother tongue and I am also too pragmatic in my writing style. I am undoubtedly unable to compete with the Indian poets and writers who all failed to describe its magnificence.Instead of describing the Taj Mahal in detail (as I would have done for other monuments), I will try to give my personal impressions about it here because good technical descriptions have alread...Read More

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Taj Mahal

Agra, India

Itimad-ud-Daulah

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Itimad-ud-Daulah Photo, Agra, India
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If you are interested in the evolution of Mughal architecture from Akbar to Aurangzeb and have visited Lahore (Pakistan) and Delhi before Agra (or intend to visit these cities afterwards), Itimad-ud-Daulah is a very interesting stop before your visit of the Taj Mahal. Itimad-ud-Daulah is the perfect example of the transition between the gigantesque Mughal monuments (Badshahi Mosque in Lahore or Jameh Masjid in Delhi) and the more delicate constructions (Taj Mahal). It testifies that the Mughals began like titans and finished like jewellers. In 2005, the entrance fee was included in the price of the Taj Mahal visit (750 rupees, 12 euros). If you have not visited the Taj M...Read More

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Itimad-ud-Daulah

Agra, India

Agra Fort

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Agra Fort Photo, Agra, India
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Since I was in Agra to see the remains of the grandiose Mughal constructions, I could not skip the huge Agra Fort, 2 km from the Taj Mahal, on the same bank of the Yamuna river. Some parts of the fort are still used by the Indian Army and are out of bounds for visitors, but it is still possible to have an overall insight on the Mughal constructions from Akbar the Great to Shah Jahan (his grand-son). Entrance is included in the Taj Mahal ticket provided you visit it on the same day. At Amar Singh Gate (the only entrance to the Fort for visitors, named after a maharajah of Jodhpur), I was assaulted by herds of so-called guides and children selling postcards. It was really ...Read More

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Agra Fort

Agra, India