It’s been really long since I wrote about my travel experiences. It’s not because I didn’t want to reveal nor because I didn’t have content. I was just lazing around like all of us do, now I have decided to post 2 blogposts a week.
Agra, uff where do I start? It has the most beautiful and one of the 7 wonders of the world, and mind you it is because of a reason. Taj Mahal, if anyone has visited does give jitters, and you would fall in love with history! Yeah yeah, I’m a hardcore history person who would love to work for travel and living!
This was early this year in March, I had a friend’s engagement and I as a person would never miss a chance to travel. I went on my research mode and then googled all the places that I could visit near Allahabad, and voila I found Agra! I would not miss that for the world when I am so near. I am greedy as hell when it comes to travelling, that’s coz I want to cover each and every nook and corner of the place I visit.
So, this was a planned 2-day trip to Agra, I left from Bangalore to Delhi on a flight in the midnight and reached Delhi by 3 am and then took a train to Agra.
DAY 1 : I reached Agra at around 9 am and I had pre-decided that I had to visit 3 places:
1. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
2. Agra Fort
3. Taj Mahal
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
I was staying in Regal Vista Agra by Sterling Resorts. This is one beautiful place which I will take you through. I freshened up and left to the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah which is built on the banks of Yamuna. I did not expect this structure would be so beautiful, it is one of the Mughal Mausoleums in the city of Agra. It is also described as the ‘Jewel Box’ or Baby Taj. Apparently this was the draft to the mighty Taj Mahal. There are 4 entryways built of red sandstone with intricate carvings, out of which only one is used as the main entrance. This leads to the main building.
The walls are made up of white marble from Rajasthan encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations –cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz. I can’t really express my wonder, as I walked through this beautiful structure, The carvings formed into images of cypresstrees and wine bottles, or more elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets. Light penetrates the interior through delicate jaali or screens of intricately carved white marble, which takes you to another era altogether.
The intricate floral patters are so beautifully painted and carved that one whole day is not enough if you actually want to savour all the details. I spent about an hour there and apparently my dress matched the beautiful interiors too.
After this beautiful place, I left for the Agra Fort which was pretty close by. This fort was the main residence of the Mughal Dynasty. Not going much into history, I will give a brief; Akbar realised the importance of the central location of this place and made it the capital and most of the fort was built in red sandstone. It was only during the reign of Akbar’s grandson, Shah Jahan, that the site took on its current state. Shah Jahan built the beautiful Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Unlike his grandfather, Shah Jahan tended to have buildings made from white marble. He destroyed some of the earlier buildings inside the fort to make his own.
At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was deposed and restrained by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumoured that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with a view of the Taj Mahal.
The outer walls of the fort are in sandstone and the inner walls were made of marble and carved with intricate floral designs embedded with precious stones. The balcony created to watch the Taj Mahal gives a eire feeling of the era, and the beauty of this structure and taj mahal. I would suggest everyone to take a guide as it would make so much more difference to the whole outlook of the place.
After this I left for Taj Mahal to witness it’s beauty in the backdrop of sunset. The much awaited wonder of the world that I always wanted to visit! I am sure I don’t need to explain the history of this place, though I got a wonderful guide who was so patriotic about the Taj Mahal as he was a lineage of people who built it. The way he explained each and every detail was overwhelming and I literally got goosebumps.
The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died giving birth to their 14th child. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The imperial court documenting Shah Jahan’s grief after the death of Mumtaz Mahal illustrate the love story held as the inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later.
I know anyone can go and read on Wikipedia about The Taj, or in history books, but in reality it is indeed extremely magnificent. One has to go and embrace the emotion it throws out. The intricate carvings on the marble, that beauty is indeed exceptional. I don’t know why I’m gushing over the fact it’s so beautiful but for the first time I am unable to explain this feeling after seeing a monument.
I am a history buff and I love to travel places and so far this has been the best! Hope you liked the post peeps!
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