Photos From Agra

Taj Ma-huge

Taj Mahal

Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife in the 16th century, the Taj Mahal took 22 years and used the services of over 20,000 people. After the construction, many of the workers had their hands or thumbs amputated so that it could never be reproduced. How come his first wife never got anything?

Many consider theTaj Mahal to be the greatest man-made structure ever built. It's pretty incredible, but I've got to break the bad news to you India fans: the Taj Mahal doesn't come remotely close to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Taj From The Side

Side View

Inside the massive structure resides only the coffins of the Emporer and his wife. No pictures are allowed near to the structure, so there really isn't much to show besides an overall view.

In typical form for India, even the workers at the Taj are dishonest and corrupt. I paid my admission, but didn't have the correct change. The ticket seller behind the window looks me in the eye and tells me he doesn't have change, so I don't get any. That's funny, since correct change is sitting on his desk in plain view. Pointing his lie out to him didn't help, he was dead set on stealing my money. This was followed on by several palace guards who tried to get tipped for telling me inane history points about the Taj. Welcome to India.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Begun in 1565, the fort is huge. Walls are 65 ft (20 m) high, and the circumference is over 1.5 miles (2.5 km).

Shah Jahan (who had the Taj Mahal built) was jailed here after being deposed by his son when the Taj was completed. Lovely family. My guess is the son is from the first wife?

Carved Columns, Agra Fort

Carved Pillars

Stone Inlays

Stone Inlays

Some of the fort interrior, like the entire Taj Mahal, is made from white marble and inlaid with semiprecious stones. Pictures don't really do it justice- it's amazing workmanship.


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