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Agra’s city is very interesting to see. Take a rickshaw and take a ride thought the city. Next to Taj Mahal there is a zone where you can go walking full of 2 floors buildings with a terrace at the top, nearly all of them prepare for given dinner or lunch there or little local hotels. All is in a big state of abandon and bad condition, always with a special taste and interesting to see. The shops there are not so tourist as the ones of the entrance of Taj and are more interesting. There you will find places for having something to eat or drink and even buy some fruit.
If you go from Taj Mahal to Jasmi Masjid you will find a different city, more medieval and original more chaotic even with lots of bazaar and life where they appear not to be very use to see tourist. Go and have a look, take your time to go and see this part of Agra. If you don’t feel comfortable with people looking at you, go in your rickshaw.
When we went Agra was empty of tourist so all the eyes where over us, its just curiosity, don’t get very upset because of it.
The Red Fort is an extraordinary red sandstone complex at Agra’s river. I really don’t know wish I liked more if Taj Mahal or Red Fort. Ok, I do know … I haven’t seen ever anything so beautiful as the Red Fort. Its situation, colour, building, water fountains inside, all makes this place unique. Red Fort is a city its self, an incredible rich in every aspect group of buildings and water places. It is said that the son of Shah Jehan recluse him here, and from here he look how the Taj Mahal was build. My God I want a jail like this one !!!!
Red Fort is include in the bonus you fave ot the 5 more important monuments, you have to pay 250R more.
The entrance was full, as at Taj Mahal, of seller and guides that didn't understood "No Thanks"
I think you should visit Taj and Red Fort in different days becuase both are very big and you will be very tired if you visit both the same day.
Jami Masjid Mosque is a very simple mosque of red sandstone with little white marble decoration and blue colour paint wall and ceilings. It’s a huge mosque in the center of Agra surrounded by a great bazaar. The mosque was completely empty of any tourist, only one man praying and the little children at the Madrasa (Koran school).
It is an interesting building to visit despite of its simplicity; if you visit the mosque plan a time for walk around the bazaar.
As we get there we took our shoes where the keeper was. He went with us to show us the mosque and explain us that the bad condition of the mosque was due the non help of government. It was really in bad conditions. Inside marble screen to separate the women side of the mosque. After he asked us for a donation for the mosque.
The entrance was free. We gave him 100 R. donation (we were going to give him more but he told us that 50 R. per person was ok) 15 R for him and 4 R for the shoes.
Directions: Centre of Agra in the middle of a great bazaar
Taj Mahal Mosque
At each sides of the Taj you will find two symmetric red sandstone buildings. The one that face the Mecca is the Mosque, at the west side. It was normal to build a mosque near the tomb. Both buildings are very identical from outside but inside the Mosque have the floor with the pray positions for each prayer and separated part with a white marble worked wall or marble screen. I think that is the women's part.
All the inside is red painted with white flowers at walls and ceiling. You can sit in its floor and see the light coming inside the building making it so beautiful
Chowk-i Jilo Khana
As others Indian monuments, Taj Mahal is surrounded by walls and inside those walls you find a group of buildings. Protected by red sandstone high walls with three entrances where you will go inside though security check. Mobil are not permited inside, so you will have to leave them at a room outside the walls. The eastern and western entrance takes you to wide arched kiosks ways of really beauty structure, and from there to a big patio at the centre where you get to the real entrance of the Taj.
You have to buy a ticket to visit 5 monuments of 500 R. (Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itamudu'd-Daula, Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri)
and after you have to pay for each an amount. For Taj you have to pay 250 R. more.
The entrace of Taj Mahal if full of sellers that don't understand "No Thanks" :))) just try to keep the calm, they will try you to loose it :))
Itimad-ub-Daulah's Tomb is the first of the Mughal building at white marble instead red sandstone. All decorated with incredible well taste, marble screens, precious stones, golden ceilings paints. The difference with the other monuments I saw was its little dimensions. It has also a beautiful garden and a red sandstone part with an incredible beautiful view to the river.
This monument was empty of tourists when I went, only two Indian families where there sitting at the grass and had a little time speaking with them.
Is really a must see at Agra.
The entrance is next to a market. Few children came to us to ask us for money. It was really as they have not seen a tourist there.
This monument is also include at the bonus with Taj Mahal, and other 3 monuments, you have to pay 100 R. more.
River View from Taj
The Taj Mahal is at the river edge. From the Taj you have a fantastic view over the river and the Red Fort, and from there you can image the old king looking at where you are and dreaming with the woman of his life. You will see yourself looking far away as hipnotize.
Taj Mahal's Jawad
The Jawad is the replica building of the mosque on the other side of the Taj Mahal. Of the same outside shape and red sandstone build; the same white flowers at the walls and ceiling paints, but with annexed buildings at each side with little towers. I did liked more this building than the mosque, perhaps because the annexed buildings. From the inside you have a beautiful view of the Taj because the light you get and the shapes you have.
Taj Mahal is really a beautiful monument of great perfection. You can like it more or less than others Mughal monuments, but is the most perfect one. Its work is the most delicate. Of white worked marble and perfect symmetry from everywhere you look at if full of precious stones and of love story to tell us, surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains. From outside or inside, from far or near, with open or close eyes, is an incredible place.
Directions: As you arrive to India ask for the Taj, and follow the intructions ...:)
Taj entrance seen from inside
After the patio of the entrance you get to the really door entrance to Taj Mahal; A beautiful red sandstone structure of great work that hides the beautiful white jewel call Taj Mahal. Here you will have to pass through another security check. Before get attracted buy Taj take a time to admire this entrance of beautiful colour entrance with relief carving flowers and precious stones.
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