03.10 pm – Next up, Agra Fort. Similar to the layout of the Red Fort in Delhi, so if you’ve already done either one of them, you can skip the other. However, I’ve been told that Agra Fort is better maintained and preserved than Red Fort.
Admission fee for us cost 300 rupiahs.
The tickets that are almost all alike.
The huge entrance of Agra Fort.
The most noteworthy building in Agra Fort, the Jahangiri Mahal. It’s the main palace for women belonging to the royal household.
Diwan-i-Am, The Hall of Public Audience that used to speak to the people and listen to petitioners.
The tomb of John Russell Golvin just outside Diwan-i-Am.
Mina Masjid, a small mosque built entirely of white marble by the Mughal king Shah Jahan (the same guy who built Taj Mahal) for his personal use.
Taj Mahal from Agra Fort.
Eating up the Taj Mahal.
In one of the courtyards.
Red sandstone walls.
03.57 pm – And so out journey to the our next stop begins.
Stopped by the river to take a photo of Babytaj aka Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb.
04.14 pm – Stopped by the free-to-enter Chini Ka Roza, a memorial dedicated to the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan.
Saw lots of cow dung cake or patty being dried by the riverside.
04.23 pm – Arrived at the tomb of Etimad Ud Doulah, referred by many as Babytaj because it’s regarded as the draft of Taj Mahal.
Admission fee for the Babytaj cost 110 rupees.
The entrance to Babytaj that looked a lot like the one in Taj Mahal.
The red sandstone gates that overlook the river.
05.05 pm – Arrived at the entrance to Mehtab Bagh, a garden complex located directly opposite of the Taj mahal from the river. There was a massive crowd trying to get into the temple beside the gardens.
According to 17th century French traveler Jean Baptiste Tavernier, Shah Jahan wished to build a black marble mausoleum for himself as a twin to the Taj Mahal but didn’t achieve it as he was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. As you can see from the site plan, the width and length of the gardens is exactly the same as Taj Mahal.
Having fun by the gardens.
Carrying the Taj on her hands.
Rested after a long day by watching the sunset over Taj Mahal.
And then she ate the sun.
06.36 pm – Thanks Ameen for everything! We totally had fun with you.
By the time we arrived, our rooms were ready.
Chairs, a cupboard and a tv.
08.27 pm – After freshening ourselves up, we went to McDonald’s at the nearby TDI Mall, for dinner.
I think only the ground floor had shops opened. Not many tenants around.
Had a Paneer McSpicy (paneer=cheese).
Chicken Maharaja Mac.
After that we went to Big Bazaar to look for some beer to end the night but sadly, we found none.
Big bazaar opening hours.