Day 3: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. Agra, home of the Taj Majal.

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Started out the day by renting a beautiful silk Saari to wear all day! It was only 500 INR ($7.80USD). Perfect for a day at the Taj. But first, we visited the Agra fort.

The Agra Fort is a large 16th-century fortress located on the Yamuna River in the historic city of Agra located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in north-central India. It is also called the Red Fort after its massive red sandstone walls ans is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was constructed under thr Mughal emperor Akbar and it served as a military base, royal residence, and for the government. It is 2.5 km away from it’s more famous structure, the Taj Mahal.

There is a secret tunnel that goes all the way to Delhi which is 115 miles away. There are many more secret passages are currently being escavated 

Only 20 percent of the fort is open to the public which is already expansive is size. The rest is used by the military currently.

In addition to its other functions, the fort also served as a prison for Shah Jahān. Aurangzeb, his son and successor as emperor, had him confined there from 1658 until his death in 1666.

Then we visited the famous ans stunning white marble Taj Mahal build on the south bank of the Yamuna river. It was comissioned in 1632 by thr Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for the tomb of his third and favorite wife, Mumtax Mahal. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Rumor has it that the emperor was planning a black marble version of the Taj Mahal across the river and there was go be a bridge connecting the two magnificent structures.  As the emperor began to build his tomb, his son Aurangzeb thought that his father was wasting a lot of money in constructing unnecessary monuments and won the thrown over his father. His father was jailed in the Agra fort where he eventually died. The plan for the black Taj Mahal was never competed.

That would have been a sight to see! But I understand how wasteful it would be!

It was hard to leave the beautiful Taj but we moved on the a shop that showed is the technique they used to in lay precious gemstones in the artwork of the Taj Mahal. Into macrana marble which is apparently stronger than italian marble.

At the end of the day, we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a 1 hr Ayurvedic massage with hot oils $24 USD back at the hotel.

Claudia Wong