Saturday, March 18, 2023

Day 4 - Agra, India

Today is my birthday and even though I woke up with an ear infection that had started swelling up, I was determined to make the best out of the day. Yesterday the focus was mainly on the Taj Mahal and today the aim was to see other sites of interest before leaving Agra for the next city.

The first stop was Agra Fort which is a historical fort that served as the residence of the rulers of the Mughal Dynasty, until 1638 when the capital was moved from Agra to Delhi. It is also known as the Red Fort due to the red sandstone used to build it. 

Next stop was The tomb of Itmad Ud, this tomb was built by his daughter queen Jahan, as a tribute to him after his death. She was a mughal queen. The tomb was built in 1625 and has many features that were incorporated in the later  construction of the Taj Mahal. It is actually referred to as "baby Taj." The artwork in this tomb is beautiful! I personally found this tomb to be more beautiful than the Taj Mahal.

That's it folks! After checking out these two sites, it was time to head to the train station to take an overnight train to the next city, but not before getting one last tuk-tuk ride. I can't say it was the best birthday just because there were so many unplanned occurrences that threw things off. I am not complaining though because either way, I still had the privilege of experiencing something unique.

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