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Agra: The Taj Mahal - Monument to love...

A June 2000 trip to Agra by actonsteve

We were surprised how muslim it looked... Photo, Agra, India More Photos
Quote: No other attraction in the world beats the Taj Mahal. You cannot come to India without seeing this luminous building. But there is more to Agra then just the Taj. As you will discover, the history of Agra is the history of India....

Agra: The Taj Mahal - Monument to love...

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The rugby player at the Taj Mahal Photo, Agra, India
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I think we can all guess at the highlight of Agra - the symbol of India - The Taj Mahal. But Agra has other attractions to entrench its place on the tourist 'Golden Triangle' route including the magnificent fort. There is no denying that the place is tough, even for experienced travellers and the street level hassle and problems can be incredible. But give yourself a day or two, an afternoon or evening to see the Taj or the Fort, and you will get into the swing of things. Once you know your way around and are confident in taking the cycle-rickshaws then it makes a good base for seeing Fatehpur Sikri or Bharatpur. And south from here are the great Madhya Pradesh heartlands where you can see t...Read More

Amar Yatri Niwas

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Hotel | "Amar Yatri Niwas - a touch of Indian luxury"

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On visiting India, for once in my life I could afford four-star accomodation. And we picked the exquisite Amar Yatri Niwas while we were in Agra. This cool air-conditioned hotel was a real tonic after viewing the Fort and the Taj and a welcome retreat from the chaos of Agra outside. Not used to such luxury we were caught out as bell-boys took our backpacks up to our rooms and the staff were so kind and courteous. The rooms themselves were marvelous with television, shower, killer-airconditioning and room service. The restaurant was good and the lobby inlaid with marble. There was a fine portrait of Shah Jahan gazing wistfully at the Taj Mahal on the wall. But outside was the chaos of A...Read More

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Amar Yatri Niwas
Fatehpur Sikri Marg
Agra, India

Minarets at sunset.... Photo, Agra, India
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How can you describe the Taj Mahal? You can't--it's impossible. You just have to experience it. To gaze in wonder at that magnificent dome and elegant gardens will be a moment that you remember for the rest of your life. It is one of the greatest sights in the world, some say the greatest, and like Victoria Falls, The Grand Canyon, and Macchu Picchu, it simply is one of those things you have to see in your life. The architectural grace and symmetry of the Taj Mahal just takes your breath away.Like all great buildings, there is a story behind it. And it cannot get any more romantic than the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan was the most charismatic and cultured of the Moghuls. He spent vast revenues on building...Read More

Agra Fort

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Attraction | "The Agra Fort: The greatest palace in India.."

Agra Fort Photo, Agra, India
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I think the Agra Fort is my favourite sight in India. Forget the Red Fort or Fatehpur Sikri - this is where the Moghul Emperors really ruled their empire from. When you stand in the pavilions and look south along the Yamuna to the domes and minarets of the Taj Mahal in the distance you are transported back in time. The place is immense and it is easy to lose yourself in all the interconnecting courtyards and sun-baked rooms. But when you view the jewelled pavilions and towering cupolas - you will swear you will come back here, and the experience of the Fort will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Agra Fort was already a castle at the time of Babur, the first moghul, as it's strategic p...Read More

Agra Fort

Agra, India