1/4/2008 to 1/5/2008 - | India , Uttar Pradesh

Agra: Sightseeing capital of India

Karin and I had both been to Agra before but for the first timer among us, my brother-in-law, Jeff, it was a mandatory stop to see India’s most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.  In addition to the Taj, Agra is home to a number of lesser known spectacular sights including Akbar’s (the Mughal Empire’s greatest ruler and subject of my father’s Ph.D. thesis) 16th century amazingly preserved abandon palaces at Fatehpur Sikri, the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah a precursor to the Taj Mahal, and the Mughal palaces of Agra’s Red Fort.  It was a fitting culmination to my sister and brother-in-law’s trip, taking in an early morning view of the Taj Mahal.  No mater how many times you’ve seen pictures, or even seen it in person, the Taj Mahal never fails to impress. As far as I’m concerned it has to be the most beautiful building in the world, and I don’t even think it’s a subjective opinion.  If anyone knows of a building more stunning than the Taj let me know and I go there and compare for myself.  After all I’ve got time.

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