Such was Emperor Shahjahan’s love for his third wife that on her death he constructed a magnificent marble mausoleum. The Taj Mahal was completed 1648 and it is still cherished as the world’s most beautiful and perfect structure.
It was here in Agra that the 200 year reign of the Moghul empire began when Babur defeated the Rajput king Sangha in 1527.
There are two other exquisite examples of Moghul architecture near Agra, which along with the Taj Mahal are UNESCO sites. Fatehpur Sikri, the “city of victory,” was built during the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar, and for just one decade was the capital of the Moghul Empire. A shortage of water lead to a downturn in the use of the site.. Akbar also commenced the construction of the colossal double walled Agra fort which has a perimeter of 2.5kms.
At lunchtime, a puppeteer treated us to a merry show, and unwound his 2 metre long moustache!