We got a great sleep our 1st night there, and woke up early to get in line to see the Taj. The complex doesn't open until sunrise, and we were there at the foggy time of year when often the Taj isn't visible in the morning due to the fog. We decided to take our chances and they paid off!! It was a chilly, but sunny morning, and I was actually surprised that there weren't as many people as I thought. The Taj is breathtaking, and amazing in that it was built almost 400 years ago, and still stands strong.
|Our 1st view of the Taj|
|The light hitting the stone work on the Taj|
Our tour guide/ photographer filled us in on the history of the Taj- which is too long to recount here (and isn't that what wikipedia is for anyways?) We sent about 2 hours there taking the obligatory tourist photos, people watching, and just wandering. We visited the emperor and empresses tombs- where signs are prominently displayed requesting tourists NOT to take photos, which mostly went ignored (however; not by us, as our tour guide might have had a stroke!!)
From the Taj we visited Agra Fort which only 20% is actually tourable- the rest is occupied by the Indian military and off limits. The complex is enormous, surrounded by well manicured lawns and gardens. The Moghal emperor Shah Jahan was put under house arrest here, and spent his dying days looking down the river at the Taj which he build in memory of his deceased wife. There are so many distant beautiful views of the Taj from Agra Fort!
|View of the Taj from Agra Fort|
Our last night in Agra was spent across the Yanuma river in a garden looking at the Taj while the sun set. It was beautiful, minus the constant pestering of children requesting money so we could take their picture.
|The Taj at sunset|