India – Day 8: Agra and the Taj Mahal

We said goodbye for now, to Delhi and travelled by coach and train to Agra. The train was the Gatimaan Express, India’s fastest train. We visited Agra Fort (The Red Fort) before checking in to our hotel.

Agra Station
Agra Fort, the seat of Mughal rule until 1638
The grave of John Russell Colvin who died of cholera while a British Soldier stationed at the fort.
The entrance to our hotel, The ITC Mughal
The Pool
The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens

After lunch we visited the Taj Mahal, only minutes away from our hotel by coach. The Taj Mahal is a marble mausoleum built on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahen to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. They met as teenagers at an event at Agra Fort.

Our first view of the Taj Mahal
We entered through the South Gate

Our visit over we went back to the hotel for dinner, as the sun began to set, exhausted but exhilarated.

Tomorrow – Ranthambore National Park!

3 thoughts on “India – Day 8: Agra and the Taj Mahal

  1. We’re really enjoying your holiday Carol 😊. It’s so interesting, I would imagine today was a highlight seeing the Taj Mahal but it all looks wonderful.

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