Agra is the home of marvels none greater than the Taj Mahal
In some ways it overwhelms the other significant sites of Agra
So lets save it for last and start with the Tomb of Akbar
Akbar the Great led a huge expansion of the Mughal Empire and built both its military and economic strength.
Akbar arguably took the Mughal Dynnasty from Warlords to Emperors ruling over lands from Uzbekistan in north and well into southern India in the south and to Bangladesh in the east.
Coming by road from New Delhi to Agra the Tomb of Akbar is the significant monument you will come to first as you enter Agra
The Red Fort or Agra fort was the residence of the Mughal Dynasty
The Fort is better described as a walled city given its huge size
But the huge fortifications are definitely fort like
Inside the fortifications the remains of the sumptuous apartments give an indication of the luxurious lifestyle enjoyed by the Emporors who resided here
The Fort became a prison for one emporor Shah Jahan, who had commissioned the Taj Mahal, the tribute to his wife who had died.
While the Emperor was ill his youngest son seized power, imprisoning Shah Jahan, in a wing of the fort
From where he could peer out at the tribute to the love of his life and mother of his captor
The Taj Mahal – the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Shah Jahan.
As you walk through the entrance gates you can not be taken by the beauty of the Taj Mahal
I’m sure Ive read it is the most beautiful building in the world and from my first sight I can not fault that claim
From every angle it is truly an awe inspiring building
Up close the detail of the carving in the marble and the inlay work is breath taking
The view from the main deck of the Taj Mahal back to the main gate one surveys the opulence of the grounds.
And of course I could not help but admire the beautiful colours that are India