Taj Mahal is an amazing morning run. If only I can stay a whole day there and see the changes of sunlights that hits the white marble just right… But my agenda today is to go to Agra Fort.

After late breakfast and early lunch at the hostel, I have the rickshaw driver (300₹) to take me to Agra Fort and while I’m here, bought traditional candy for 500₹.

agra-small-68

Agra Fort was the center of the Mughal Empire since Emperor Babur and made capital by Emperor Akbar I, before Emperor Shah Jahan shifted the capital to the Red Fort in Delhi. Together with Taj Mahal, Agra Fort is declared UNESCO heritage sight. Entrance fee is 250₹.

agra-small-69

agra-small-71

Lahore Gate or Amar Singh Gate

agra-small-72

agra-small-73

Amazing mosaic details

agra-small-74

agra-small-75

agra-small-78

agra-small-77

Jahangiri’s Bath or Hauz-i-Jahangiri

This stone tank for water (hauz) is used for bathing. The Persian’s inscription and ornament carved on it by order of the Mughal King Jahangiri.

agra-small-79

agra-small-76

Jahangiri Mahal (Hindi: जहाँगीरी महल, Urdu: جہانگیری محل)

The place is for the royal women or zenana for the wives of Rajput King Akbar. The architecture style following Hindu, Central Asian and Islamic motifs. It was built in 16th century by the Maharaja as he established the capital in Agra by the Yamuna river.

agra-small-81

agra-small-80

The large entrance of the building is decorated and carved with from lakhori bricks bricks and red sandstones with white marble decorative elements. The building has square portico or deorhi with four arches lotus friezes carved like lotus petals and marble inlay.

agra-small-82

agra-small-83

agra-small-84

The inner Jahangiri Mahal

agra-small-85agra-small-86

agra-small-87

agra-small-88agra-small-89

The inner buildings in Jahangiri Mahal

agra-small-91

agra-small-90agra-small-92

agra-small-97

Can see Taj Mahal from afar across the Yamuna River

Old decoration or part of the buildings

agra-small-93

The Shahjahani Mahal constructed by Shah Jahan out of white marble

agra-small-100

agra-small-133

Roshan Ara Pavilion or the Golden Pavilions

agra-small-102

Bangla-e-Jahanari

agra-small-103

agra-small-106

Musamman Burj as seen from Jahan Ara Pavilion

agra-small-107agra-small-108agra-small-109

Musamman Burj 

The palace was originally made from red sandstone made by King Akbar in the shape of octagonal plan. It was also called Jasmine Tower or Samman Burj. When Shah Jehan became king, he rebuilt it with white marble. The building overlook the Yamuna river with wide open alcoves (shah-nashin) and decorated pillars. The water basin (kunda) is sunk inside and decorated with inlay colored stones.

This was where Shah Jehan ruled his Mughal Kingdom even though he moved the capital to Delhi.  Then he was imprisoned here by his son, Aurangzeb, until he died. His body was taken by the boat, crossing the Yamuna river, to be buried beside his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in Taj Mahal. It’s a sad story, I wonder how he felt if he was looking at Taj Mahal from the balcony until he died.

agra-small-114

agra-small-110

Pachisi Court

agra-small-113

Machchi Bhawan

The large courtyard with arched galleries and small marble pavilion on the upper south side. The lower floor served as the treasury.

agra-small-112

The hallway of Machchi Bhawan

agra-small-115

Cute. The family playing on top of Takht-I-Jahangir or the Throne of Jahangir. 

It was built in Allahabad and when Shah Jahan became king, the throne was brought to Agra. The large slab was made of black onyx from Belgium.

 

agra-small-116

Nagina Masjid. 

Is was made with pure white marble for the royal ladies for private praying.

Diwan-I-Am or the Hall of Public Audience

agra-small-121

Tomb of John Russell Colvin

agra-small-120

agra-small-127

Moti Masjid from afar, made of white marble

agra-small-124

agra-small-138

Anguri Bagh

agra-small-126

Photo session. The scene makes me laugh because they’re cute styling this guy.

mumbai-small-146

agra-small-147

agra-small-125

agra-small-129

Khas Mahal or the Hall of Private Audience

The Emperor would meet the important guests for private. It was constructed in 1635. The interior hall or Tambi Khana have arch openings. The white marble palace was built by Shah Jehan with two halls, outer and inner closed walls.

agra-small-128

Ladies, unfortunately there’s no water.

agra-small-130agra-small-131

agra-small-132

The deep wide trench on the side of the wall

Akbari Mahal, the older part of the palace

agra-small-140

agra-small-148

I end up not extending my stay and decide to go back to New Delhi with a bus. This is a bad decision for me because I have no idea how bad the street and traffic in the highway toward New Delhi from Agra. The poor condition of the bus is not helping either since it’s a cheap bus. 600₹ one way.

agra-small-142agra-small-143

agra-small-144

The story went like this, because of the heavy traffic, the reckless driver who wanted to push through the condensed cars and trucks, crashes the bus over another car. The passengers from the car, who obviously hot blooded men, are angry and go down the car, took several crowbars and smashed the front and side windows of the bus. Imagine how frightened I am since I’m sitting a few seats from the front rows. I duck and pray. Of course I’m protecting my head first from the shattered glasses. UGH. And the driver with the bus conductor didn’t help any and run off. Not helping you guys! And we even have families riding inside the bus.

So here I am, stranded 20-25 kilometers from New Delhi. Luckily there are a couple of foreign tourists with English speaking India people and they helped us to get another bus for 20₹ to New Delhi. What an experience. Thank God I get to Kamala’s house safe and sound. Next time folks, just stick it to train when traveling in India.

Since I’m back in New Delhi, next is to see Jantar Mantar.

Agra trip:

Source: Taj Mahal website, Wikipedia, Travelwiki, India Eye Witness Travel.

 

 

Advertisements