No city captures the Speldour of the Mughal era as well as Agra does and as soon as Agra is mentioned one monument takes away all the limelight; the breathtaking Taj Mahal. With reports of crowds swelling every day at Taj Mahal, and the pollution wreaking havoc on the beautiful white marble its time other equally beautiful monuments get their share of visitors. My visit was combined along with the visit to Taj Mahal, but in this post I want to focus on the other monuments, only excluding fatehpur sikri for as a monument it deserves a separate post of its own.
The amazingly beautiful Agra fort deserves a full day to discover all its hidden gems, preserved well and now also spotlessly clean it was an absolute pleasure to walk in the many rooms and gardens and revisit the royalty. It probably receives as much crowd as Taj Mahal but because of its vastness of space it still gives enough ground to see its beauty in peace. To see the Taj Mahal through one of its windows is always a pleasure, where the tale goes of Emperor Shah Jahan being imprisoned during his dying days. Also beautiful are the resting and pleasure places of the then kings and queens all in white marble. These days there is also an audio guide available for those like me who do not like to take a guide.
2. Itmad Ud Daulah or Baby Taj
The second monument we went to was the splendid Itmad Ud Daulah tomb or more popularly known as Baby Taj. With lesser crowds and white marble shining in the sun, this was an absolute delight to explore, clean grounds and the monument inside added to the charm which was missing in the Taj Mahal.
Just like Taj Mahal it had a garden in front and the four surrounding minars, smaller in size and height it has beautiful carvings all across that are said to be at a time filled with all precious stones that were taken away. The color of the carvings can be still seen and has been restored well. One of the most beautiful monuments that I have seen of the mughal era.
We ended the day by the visit to Taj Mahal which was so overcrowded that I actually almost ran away from there carrying the memory of these two beautiful monuments, it was a day well spent exploring and reminiscing in the old Mughal Era and its glory.