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Stories and Tips Agra

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A Glimpse of the Past: Agra’s Colonial Buildings

Written by phileasfogg on 25 Mar, 2009

I am taking a slight liberty here by referring to Agra’s European past as colonial. Agra, actually, has had residents and passers-through of extremely varied origins since well before the British took over, and many of them have left their mark on this historic city.Agra…Read More

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The Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Written by phileasfogg on 20 Mar, 2009

The eastern bank of the Yamuna was, in Mughal days, given over almost completely to gardens: the Ram Bagh, the Zahara Bagh, the Garden of Wazir Khan, and so on. Today, with the alluvial soil of the Yamuna still making the area fertile, this stretch…Read More

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A Visit to an Emperor's Tomb: Sikandra

Written by phileasfogg on 20 Mar, 2009

Sikandra, a few kilometres short of Agra on the main Delhi-Agra highway (National Highway 2), is supposedly named for a pre-Mughal ruler of Delhi called Sikandar Lodhi. Sikandar Lodhi had ambitions of extending his reign south of Delhi, and had a citadel in Agra—and perhaps…Read More

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The Taj Mahal: Pristine Perfection

Written by phileasfogg on 20 Mar, 2009

There’s not much I can say about the Taj Mahal that you wouldn’t know anyway. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and, one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as…Read More

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Agra, Revisited

Written by phileasfogg on 20 Mar, 2009

A little bit of background—about the trip...For anybody who’s spent their childhood in northern (read me and my sister, Swapna), at least one trip to Agra—and, of course, the Taj Mahal—is almost inevitable. And when you’re part of a family that travels a lot, that…Read More

The pros and cons of Agra

Written by phileasfogg on 29 Jul, 2002

The pros of Agra are many- with the lovely Taj Mahal topping the list. There’s more, of course: the imposing Agra Fort, Sikandra, Itmad-ud-Daulah, and more- which makes this city one of India’s most visited. Which actually translates into more cons and scams than you…Read More

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A teardrop on the cheek of time

Written by phileasfogg on 29 Jul, 2002

The Taj Mahal is- well, something of a pilgrimage. You can’t come to India and miss seeing the Taj- and Indians themselves turn up in droves to view the mausoleum to beat all mausoleums (which just makes me wonder: if `mausoleum’ is derived from `Mausolus’,…Read More

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The Taj Mahal - the most beautiful building in the world?

Written by actonsteve on 02 Aug, 2001

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…Read More

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Getting yourself to the sights in Agra

Written by Amanda on 30 Sep, 2001

Travel in Agra is cheap, but the potential for being ripped off is huge. Taxis and rickshaws mostly have meters, but they are always "broken", and cycle-rickshaws never have them. What you therefore have to do is negotiate a price before you set out –…Read More

Getting from Jaipur to Agra

Written by zahedahaidri@yahoo.com on 20 Jan, 2005

We left Jaipur at 12am on an overnight private bus from Jaipur. We booked "sleeper seats," which are horizontal platforms above seats for passenger to sleep on. Fifteen minutes out of Jaipur, I was feeling dinner come up; I was so motion sick.…Read More

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