Ileke Travels: Agra Part I
Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is also home to some of India's most stunning monuments including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Most of our trip in India was spent driving and I guess both my mom and I underestimated how large the country is and how far apart major cities are from one another (it literally is a subcontinent!) The drive from Delhi to Agra took about fours hours so we arrived in the evening. We met our awesome tour guide Ram who accompanied us to our first site in Agra, Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daula. Also nicknamed the "Baby Taj" the mausoleum was commissioned by Nūr Jahān, the wife of a Mughal emperor between 1622-1628. Similar to the Taj Mahal the walls are white marble from Rajasthan which are encrusted with semi-precious stones cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz. Many of Nūr Jahān's relatives are interred there. The white marble is incredible, and in both the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah and the Taj Mahal the color of the marble changes from white to pink to yellow depending on where the sun hits it.
The next morning we woke up around 6am to head to the Taj Mahal. I was looking forward to visiting the monument all of our trip and it exceeded my expectations. It was incredibly breathtaking. The history behind the mausoleum is exceptional and being there is bearing witness to an incredible love story.
We headed back to our hotel for breakfast before continuing the rest of our day and on our way to the hotel restaurant we saw a palm reader in the lobby. My mom and I took the opportunity to get our palms read and it was excellent news for both of us!
The next stop on our trip was to a marble shop, whose owners and craftsmen are descendants of the workers who originally built the Taj Mahal. They are trained in working with Rajasthan white marble and use the same semi-precious stones that are found in Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah and Taj Mahal. Their work is fantastic and I enjoyed seeing a mini Taj there!
Part II of my time in Agra is coming soon! As always feel free to comment below and connect with me through social media! Links are below!
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