Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Red Forts of Agra and Delhi

A very warm welcome to my blog.

I continue with photos from my trip to Delhi. I visited the Red Fort in Delhi and the one in Agra.

Both fascinating and beautiful.

The Delhi Red Fort was constructed by the Murghal Emperor Sha Jahan in 1693. The one in Agra is much older and is the most important fort in India. It is first mentioned in 1080.

The Sha Jahan lived there and was also imprisoned there by one of his sons. The Sha could see his beloved Taj Mahal from the Fort. He died there, still a prisoner.

This first photo shows the main entrance to the Delhi Red Fort, Lahore Gate.

In a couple of weeks I'll put up some photos of other great places in Delhi.

See you then


Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience).
The Mughal Emperor sat on a marble
throne here

Pearl Mosque (left) Royal Hammams (centre)
and Diwan-i-Khas (right)

Pearl Mosque (Moti Masjid)

Diwan-i-Khas interior (Hall of Private Audience)

Diwan-i-Khas - Inlay detail

Hayat Bakhsh Bagh "life-bestowing gardens"
in the Fort

The Khas Mahal, the Emperor's residence

Rang Mahal (Palace of Colour).
This was the home of the Emperor's principal wife
Mumtaz Mahal, now lying in the Taj Mahal
(see the previous edition of my blog)

Rang Mahal interior

The Shahi Burj. Emperor Shah Jahan's personal
study and library

Under the Shahi Burj arches

Inner gateway from the inside

Passing through from the main gate

Musician playing in Agra

Main entrance to the Red Fort in Agra

View of the Taj Mahal from just outside the Fort,
as the Sha Jahan would have seen it

Passing through the main gate

Happy visitors arriving from the inner gate

Fakirs make an interesting shot

Diwan-i-Am Palace

Domes of Nagina Masjid mosque which was
probably for Sha Jahan's private use when
he lived there

Looking across to the Mothi Masjid courtyard,
built by Shah Jahan for his family
and court chiefs

Jahangiri Mahal palace,
built by Akbar for his favourite son

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Hello. Thanks for visiting.

This edition is dedicated to the Taj Mahal, which is often cited in lists of the 7 Wonders of the World. I had the great fortune to visit it a few weeks ago when I was in Delhi.

I think most of you will know the story of how the
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had it designed and built in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace). She died while giving birth to the Shah's fourteenth child. He was also laid to rest next to his wife in the Taj Mahal when he died.

It is stunning to see. And is the most striking testimony of a man's love and devotion for a woman. Don't miss it if you get the chance to go. The story of Sha Jahan and the Mughal Empire is fascintating. Click on the links for more information if you are interested.

I hope you enjoy the photos. I took the first photo when I arrived in Agra. Two very different types of transport!

I have lots of photos to share from my trip to Delhi so do come back.

On a completely different note I went to see WALL.E last week. It is an amazing film if you like the genre. The best animation film I have ever seen. Have a look at Rotten Tomatoes for reviews. Pure genius. I am going back to see it again next week!


Handsome little fellah

Gateway to the Taj Mahal

Front view. I was pretty excited at this point!

Striking colours of Indian women is one of the
pleasures of any visit to India

Time to go and see the Taj!

Classic first view from the Gateway

Me on the "Lady Diana bench".

In all its glory

Shame about the lack of water in the canals


A doorway view from the river side

The weather and the light began to improve.

People looking out over the river

Sunny Taj!

A minaret and view of the river. It is
called the Yamuna river and is the
largest tributary of the Ganges

A moment of reflection

Girls on the move

Nearly time to leave :(
Wish I could stay for the sunset!

Final picture of the Taj before dragging
myself away

View to the left of the entrance as you come out