Agra ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Here are 3 things to do in Agra including an absolutely beautiful wonder of world; the Taj Mahal.

Agra is located 221 kilometres from Delhi, approximately a 3 hour drive and 2 and a half hours on the train. I would recommend the train as it is an interesting insight to Indian life and a quicker way to travel! Unfortunately I had to go by car as I travelled just before Diwali and there were no tickets available.

Stay as close to the Taj Mahal as possible. A lot of the hotels have roof top pools and bars where you can catch a glimpse while swimming or sit and relax with a drink and enjoy the sight of this stunning building.

Top Tip: Be careful going out in Agra after dark. There are no street lights and it can be dangerous

1. The Baby Taj

This is a mini replica of the Taj Mahal built between 1622 and 1628 and even includes the 4 terracotta gateways.

It was built by the Mugal Queen Nur Jahan because the wanted her parents to have a lovely resting place and in the end all her family members were laid to rest there.

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2. The Taj at sunset

Head down to the River Yamuna at sunset, cross the bridge and take a peaceful stroll through the beautiful gardens opposite the Taj Mahal. The Taj looks breath taking at sunset.

This is very easy to do with a guide or a free walking tour. Have a look at the Handy Travel Apps page to find an app to book a guide with or to arrange a walking tour.

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Shame about the scaffolding!

3. The Taj Mahal

This beautiful wonder of the world was built between 1631 and 1643 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal when she died aged 39. Shah Jahan promised that he would always look after their children, would always love her and would never remarry. Shah Jahan was laid to rest in the tomb next to her. Their tombs are underground but there are replica tombs above ground.

The Taj is surrounded by 4 terracotta gateways and each gateway is surrounded by immaculately kept gardens and archways where the workers have their rooms. The 4 pillars are built at a slight angle, so if there is an earthquake, they will fall outwards and tomb inside won’t be crushed.

The building itself is a mix of Muslim and Hindu architecture. The dome is Muslim, the 4 tower tops are Hindu style and there is writing on the side from the Koran.

Some of the builders were from Milan and some of the marble needed to build the Taj was carried across India by elephants.

The inside is just as beautiful as the outside. There are flowers made from different types of stone from different countries that have been carved into the marble. Some of the stones glow when a torch is held very close to them. It has all been made with so much love.

I really enjoyed watching the monkeys playing on the marble floor outside the Taj.

Top Tip: The Taj is closed on Fridays.

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C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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