Monday, May 10, 2010

Mission Taj Mahal :)

A very unplanned trip to Agra turned out to be pretty eventful. Having considered lot many people to join in, it actually ended up with only two of us die hard travelers to go on our own. Firstly, not getting on the spot tickets of train to Agra, I got into a tourist bus, that had its entire plan of the Agra-Mathura-Vrindavan trip pre-planned. Here is a short picture story.

First encounter is this huge Agra Fort which took three Mughal generations to build up. And we are allowed to see only 1/3rd of it!



Right in front of the fort is this hurriedly clicked, statue of Ch. Shivaji Maharaj. Aurangzeb would have never thought that once his prisoner, Shivaji, who made a great escape from this mighty fort would be standing as a proud statue in front of the fort itself!





Then there are several huge and beautiful buildings inside the fort.



Notice the Taj Mahal in background. This must be the only view for Shah Jahan himself for his last seven years spent imprisoned here :( .



Taking the Hot Seats :)





Amazing designs on the carved on the marble walls!



Then comes the real treat! The Taj Mahal!



I cannot imagine a structure more beautiful and marvelous than this. Simply amazing!



Oh! I forgot to mention, there was huge drama of missing the travel bus, then managing it to Taj on our own, and then facing a queue that would easily eat 3 hours. But with all the good luck, a friend surprised us by suddenly appearing in front of us, and it was a pleasant one that he was already almost at the front side of the queue with his family. It made our entry a lot more smoother!



Then there is one more interesting incident on our way back through Mathura, typed down here.

[PS: More pics on orkut and facebook.]