During our time in Rajasthan, in October 2018, we visited four forts:
- The Red Fort, Old Delhi
- The Agra Fort, Agra
- The Amber Fort, Jaipur
- The Tiger Fort, Jaipur
The Agra Fort, Agra
The Agra Fort is 2.5km from the Taj Mahal and can be combined in one trip. The fort is actually a walled city and was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1628. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Admission was 600 rupees each (£6.36). The fort has interesting architecture and peaceful grounds. While we were there, several Indian families approached us, wanting us to pose for photographs with them. Once we said yes to one family, a queue formed, and we ended up being in about a dozen family pictures!
The Baby Taj (The Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah)
Our final stop in Agra was the Baby Taj (the Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah). The tomb was a precursor of the more famous Taj Mahal and is a Mughal mausoleum set in beautiful gardens. Admission was 310 rupees (£3.29).
I really enjoyed the interior which was ornately decorated (although badly preserved) and had scenic views from each side.
The Baby Taj borders the river and there were some children playing on the banks. In the river, there were hundreds of water buffalo.