Agra Off The Beaten Path

  • We infront of Akbar's Tomb
    We infront of Akbar's Tomb
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  • Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra.
    Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra.
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  • Tomb of Mariam Zamani
    Tomb of Mariam Zamani
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    Sikandar--Akbar's Tomb

    by atufft Updated Apr 29, 2007

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    Sikandra--Akbar's Tomb
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    This really isn't far off the beaten path of the main highway between Delhi and Agra, but many tours probably skip by this great temple in the rush to visit the Taj Mahal. Akbar's tomb is well worth the visit; however, in our case we arrived too late--after spending far too much time in Vrindavan and Mathura. The building was also under at least some restoration as shown in the photo. But, I did capture a few memorable images of the exterior from the long entry driveway that has a large expanse of grass upon which it is actually possible to walk. This structure is older than Taj Mahal and provides a model for the later building of the Taj. Built mostly of red sandstone, colored semi-precious stones are enlayed in fantastic geometrical patterns. There are four towers around the dome of Akbar's tomb.

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  • Fatehpur Sikri (I)

    by Nprawira Written Feb 2, 2006
    Panch Mahal

    Akbar built this complex between 1571 and 1585, which served as the Mughal capital for 14 years. It is an open, airy palace with many courtyards between the royal quarters. Akbar was a secular who married a Christian, a Muslim as well as a Hindu who each had their own compound in Fatehpur Sikri. The tallest structure there is this 5-storeyed Panch Mahal overlooking a huge courtyard where the emperor used to play a ludo-like game using court ladies as pawns.

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    Teatime

    by 20011019 Written Oct 25, 2005

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    As I described in my other Agratip, it's really nice to visit the village on the other side of the river. But...If you are invited in someones home, you will be offered tea. Like at other off the beaten path locations. But don't drink the tea. It's not nice not to drink it, I know, but most of the time you will get very sick. Just like we, when we didn't think it was nice to reject the tea.
    This is only the case with of the beaten path places. The other tea was delicious!

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    Mina Masjid

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 14, 2004

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    one of walls outside

    This small mosque was entriely built of white marble, by the Mughal king, Shah Jahan, for his personal use. It has a small open coutryard, in front of the 3-arched prayer chamber. It isn't decorated and is high-walled on all sides.
    It appears that Shan Jahan used the mosque during his period of imprisonment in the apartment beside the mosque.

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    big bath

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 14, 2004

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    inside the bath

    Jahangir's Hauz is a circular bowl-shaped monolithic tank is 5-feet high, 8 feet in diameter and 25 feet in circumference at the rim. It has 3 steps on both the inside and outside which shows that it has always been above ground and was mobile. So that it could be transported and used for bathing in the camp, as well as in the harem. It was ordered to be made by King Jahangir. A persian inscription was carved in 10 ornamental cartouches on the outside of the rim.

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    Taj Jahan

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 14, 2004

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    the foundations of the Taj Jahan

    Our government guide showed us, from outside the Taj Mahal, where you look across the Yamuna River to see the foundations for the second Taj Mahal that Shah Jahan intended to build, made out of black marble.
    But unfortunately he used public money to pay for his wfe's mausoleum, and planned to do the same for his own. His son, Aurangzeb, became angry with the $$$ his dad was spending, and imprisoned him, before he could complete it. All there is to see is one domed tower (without any black marble overlay) and some foundation work.

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    Puppet show at the Mughal Sheraton reception area

    by Crift Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    That is a kid with a great future!

    The "puppet man" --as he calls himself, but I think "puppet boy" would be more appropriate-- is less than 15 yrs old and already he is a great puppet player, great singer, great performer/actor, great merchant and a great liar!!!

    I could tell he was trying hard to extract --in the most polite manner, I must admit-- some extra rupies from me, because I had already bought one of his puppets for 200 rupies without bargaining (big mistake, they cost around 40-50 in Delhi's Main Bazar)... When I asked him how old is he, he said without thinking: "Today is my bithday, I am turning 15... will you give me a birthday present?" What can I say?? He is a real character!

    What really made me like this kid even more, was the fact that, without any obligation, after I had given him his "birthday present", he ran and made up a small rug elephant puppet and offered it to me as a gift. Nothing much but the gesture was very nice! Someone who knows how to give and not only how to take is a winner in my book!

    His show takes place every day from 5-6:00 pm onwards at the Mughal Sheraton reception area.

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    The baby Taj

    by Luchonda Updated Aug 16, 2003

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    The Baby Taj

    The tomb is of special interest because it looks much to the Taj Mahal, although a little bit smaller . It's worth visiting it .. Because it's quiet smaller than the Taj Mahal it's also known as Baby Taj. It was the first Mogul construction in marble and besides that also the first which made elaborate use of the pietra dura-technique as later with the Taj Mahal. From here you have also a nice view on the Taj Mahal.

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    Fatehpur Sikri

    by Luchonda Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    Fatehpur
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    The forgotten city of India ! As from the beginning the waterprovision was poor and so people left this city!
    The architecture is unique - a mixed of Moslim/Hindoe an Persian influence.
    In the center of this village you will find a "Chess place" - the figures were at that time living ladies of the Harem - manipulated by Akbar himself.

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    Get a rickshaw...

    by Peter_P Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fun and not expensive

    In front of every hotel in India, you find rickshaws. We hired one for an afternoon (less than 1 USD !!) to travel to some shops. Not the tourist-ones but the ones where local Indians go to buy there stuff. Better prices, good products and a smell of local commerce... Crowded places, dangerous traffic,... an experience not to forget !

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  • Buland Darwaza

    by Nprawira Written Feb 2, 2006
    Buland Darwaza

    Take a few minutes trip from Fatehpur Sikri to the Jami Masjid just north to see the 54-m Buland Darwaza gateway.

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  • Fatehpur Sikri (II)

    by Nprawira Written Feb 2, 2006
    Anoop Pool

    Just infront of the emperor's sleeping quarters is a pool with 4 walkways to a platform in the middle.

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    Fatehpur Sikri

    by Luchonda Written Aug 10, 2003

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    Fathepur Sikri

    Fatehpur Sikri - about 40 km from Agra and on the way to Jaipur.
    A deserted city builded in 1570 by the emperor Akbar and once Capital of the Mughals.

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