Agra - Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal - The Taj Mahal, an architectural marvel that sparkles, white marble inlaid with semi precious stones. What a romantic building, built by Shan Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his (favorite) wife, Mumtaz Mahal. And seeing it in person is truly memorable for children!
What you don't see in all the photos is that during the day, it's a busy place, filled with Indian families making a pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal themselves. Here's what one of my boys wrote in his journal. "As we walked through the gate, we looked at the Taj Mahal. It looked as if it has perfect mirror symmetry but there were more people on left than on the right. We walked along the reflection pool, looking up at the shimmering images."
Kids will love to take off their shoes (as is required) and slide around in sock or bare feet, feeling the smooth marble underfoot.
Agra Fort - This massive red sandstone Agra Fort was the heart of the Moghul empire, and it's just boggling to look at, with cupolas, crennelations, double fortified walls, courtyards and royal palaces and pavillions. The fort is well worth a visit on your trip to Agra.
Tip: You can visit the Taj Mahal as a day trip from Delhi, but don't rush, you'll want to spend time just soaking up the glories of this amazing landmark.
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