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My India Adventure (Part 7) – Agra Fort

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Agra Fort Information Stone.

On the same day that Robert, Neha, Michael, Neha’s family and I visited The Taj Mahal we also visited Agra Fort. I don’t know enough about Agra Fort’s rich history, but I do know about a legend…

Legend has it that the Emperor who built the Taj Mahal inherited Agra Fort. He desired buildings made out of white marble inlaid with gold and semi-precious gemstones, like the Taj Mahal. So he knocked down some of the existing buildings and rebuilt his own.

The Emperor was later deposed by his son and imprisoned in his white marble buildings (see photos Inside 5 and Inside 6 below) until he died. From his prison, the Emperor could see the Taj Mahal, where the ashes of his love rested.

It looks like it was quite a luxurious prison to me. No doubt he had staff to feed, water, bathe and cloth him. Along with maybe a few guards to make sure he didn’t try to escape.

Here are some photos of Agra Fort:


Agra Fort Entrance.


Agra Fort Outside (1).


Agra Fort Outside (2).


Agra Fort Inside (1).


Agra Fort Inside (2).


Agra Fort Inside (3).


Agra Fort Inside (4).


Agra Fort – you can see The Taj Mahal from a window.


Another Agra Fort Information Stone.


Agra Fort Inside (5).


Agra Fort Inside (6).


The Third & Final Agra Fort Information Stone.


Agra Fort Inside (7).


Agra Fort Inside (8).

In the next blog post in the series, I’ll tell you all about a permanent reminder I got to remember my India adventure. It will be published soon, so check back regularly for the next update.

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My India Adventure (Part 6) – The Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal Information Stone.

The Taj Mahal is one of the seven Wonders of the World, so being in India I had to see it. I went with Robert, Neha and Neha’s family. The journey by car from Delhi to the Taj Mahal is about 3-4 hours one way, but is totally worth it.

All cars have been banned within a certain distance of the Taj Mahal because of fears that the air pollution might stain or damage the famous white marble building. To get to the Taj Mahal you are required to take an electric buggy. Before the Taj Mahal there is a gatehouse where you buy tickets. For foreigners the admission fee is currently ₹750 (about £7.50), although Indian citizens get admission much cheaper.

Through an archway you get your first glance at the Taj Mahal. You see it’s lush green gardens with it’s turquoise water fountains. There still some distance away you see the architecturally beautiful, ginormous and symmetrical feat that is the Taj Mahal.

There was no photography allowed on the inside of the Taj Mahal. However outside the Taj Mahal photos were allowed. The Taj Mahal is difficult to describe in words, so here are some of the many of photos taken:


Taj Mahal Layout Board.


The Taj Mahal first glance.


The Taj Mahal with gardens.


Taj Mahal selfie with me and Robert.


Taj Mahal selfie with me and Neha.


Taj Mahal selfie.


Me with the Taj Mahal in the background (1).


Me with the Taj Mahal in the background (2).


Me with the Taj Mahal in the background (3).


Close up of Taj Mahal.


Taj Mahal one of the Towers.


Taj Mahal entrance.


The back of the Taj Mahal, across the river is where he wanted to build a black Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal was built by an Emperor as a mausoleum for his third and favourite and after she died during childbirth. He designed everything to look symmetrical from a distance. It was said to be incredibly expensive to build at the time and is considered priceless now.

As you get close to the Taj Mahal you realise that the four towers are actually titled outwards. This for two reasons. Firstly to give the impression from a distance that they stand straight. Secondly so that if there was an earth quake the towers would fall outwards not inwards onto the main structure.

Behind the Taj Mahal is a river. On the opposite side riverbank the Emperor wanted to build a black Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for himself. This would have continued his love of symmetry and created a mirror image. However a year into it’s construction he was taken ill and died before it could be completed.

One of his wives negotiated and got his ashes buried in the Taj Mahal, with his favourite wife. The joint burial tombs are ironically the only thing in the Taj Mahal that isn’t symmetrical.

I recommend that if you’re planning to visit the Taj Mahal or any other tourist attraction in India that you read up on them before you go.

I never post photos of people without their permission. For this reason photos of Neha’s family have been deliberately excluded as I didn’t get time to ask each family member for their permission to post photos of themselves here.

The next blog post of the series titled My India Adventure (Part 7) – Agra Fort will be coming soon. So keep checking back for updates.

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My India Adventure (Part 5) – Gandhi’s Grave & India Gate

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Gandhi’s Grave


Gandhi Quote.

Robert, Neha, Michael and I didn’t intend to visit Gandhi’s grave, but on the day we went to visit the Red Fort it was closed, so we went to Gandhi’s grave which is close by.

Gandhi’s grave was probably my favourite and most significant place of all the sites I visited in India, because of the man it commemorates. Gandhi is seen as the Father of the Indian nation. He is on bank notes and deservedly put on a pedestal. I didn’t know much about Gandhi before I went to India. But when I came home and did some research, it resulted in the visit to his grave meaning even more to me.

Gandhi was an inspirational man. As an adult he was civil rights activist that believed in non-violent protest, non-violent civil disobedience, peace, community and was a leader in the Indian Independence Movement. He was known for being spiritual and religiously Hindu.

Gandhi to me was a enlightened soul, with his common sense ideas being ahead of his time.

One of the things I admire about Gandhi was that as a teenager he experimented with drinking alcohol, eating meat and sex (From: BBC – iWonder, last accessed: Saturday 8th August 2015). This showed to me that Gandhi was on a journey to enlightenment when he was younger. That Gandhi had fundamentally started out as a ordinary human being that went on to become enlightened, using his wisdom and good soul to influence and create some incredible changes in the world. These changes making the world a better place for everyone.

Gandhi apparently predicted his own death, mentioning that he thought he would be assassinated and hoped to be able to forgive the man that did it. Gandhi was on his way to a prayer meeting when he was shot three times in the chest by an extremist. Gandhi who had believed in peace, hope and the best of humanity had been violently murdered. India and the rest of the world mourned his loss.

Apparently some of Gandhi’s ashes are buried in this memorial. Here are some photos of Gandhi’s grave:


Walk up to Gandhi’s Grave.


Gandhi’s Grave: Where his ashes are.


Gandhi’s Grave gardens (1).


Gandhi’s Grave gardens (2).


Gandhi’s grave – beautiful tiled flooring.

One of the most interesting information stones there was Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins (photographed below). Here they are as photo and text:


Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins, from ‘Young India’ (1925)

Seven Social Sins
1. Politics Without Principles
2. Wealth Without Work
3. Pleasure Without Conscience
4. Knowledge Without Character
5. Commerce Without Morality
6. Science Without Humanity
7. Worship Without Sacrifice

(From: ‘Young India’ (1925))

Reading this was like seeing a reflection of what’s going on in the world right now. I remember thinking that if Gandhi was around now he’d constantly be leading peaceful protests and marching in them.

India Gate
India Gate is a war memorial to all fallen Indian soldiers. The Gate is ginormous. In the middle of the gate is the monument. It’s a raised platform that has a statue of a black gun with matching soldiers helmet resting on top of it. There’s a flame that is always kept burning and soldiers in ceremonial dress. See photos below:


The Empty Canopy


India Gate: A War Memorial (1).


India Gate: A War Memorial (2).


Me pointing out a feature on India Gate.


India Gate close up (1).


India Gate close up (2).

The next blog post in this series titled My India Adventure (Part 6) – The Taj Mahal, I will be sharing photos of Taj Mahal’s architectural brilliance. The post will be coming soon, so keep an checking back for updates.

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