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Fatipur Sikri Architecture – The Fort and Abandoned Moghul Palace

This image is an oil painting by Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar of Moghul palace Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, India.

I was wrong to think that anything after the Taj Mahal would be anti-climatic; I wasn’t expecting anything from the rest of the Agra tour. Something about this magnificent red sandstone palace captured me in a way I wasn’t expecting. The minarets, domes, archways, door details, carvings, filigree and play of light and dark on the rose colored stone left me speechless. It appeared to me as one big, gigantic stone that had been masterfully carved to reveal a palace. Of course, that is not how it was created, but that was the impression left upon me.

Destination Taj Mahal: The Drive to Agra

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This is an image of the Taj Mahal as seen from Agra Fort through the miles of air pollution.

Tomorrow we’ll tour the Taj Mahal at sunrise. That’s the sublime side of India. Today, we had, instead, the harshness of life here. The drive was revealing, as it took us by massive public works such as the outer limits of the new Metro, factories making shoes, textiles, auto parts, sugar and cement, and a multitude of small shops.

Agra: Visions of the Taj Mahal

This is a photo of the Taj Mahal located in Agra, India.

The Taj itself was closed on Friday, so we toured the imposing Red Fort, a World Heritage site. Its fortress walls extend for more than 1.5 miles, and were built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Our guide was the impish Gurudehal, a PhD in History of Northern India. He showed us the beautiful gardens, mosques, and palaces overlooking the river. Across the river was a complete view of the Taj Mahal. The Red Fort is largely intact, constructed of red sandstone, with delicate inlays of jasper and cornelian stones into the crystalline marble that the region is famous for.