Set in the luscious plains of Agra, 4 hours outside of New Delhi is a story that makes the hear stir. Maharajas and all their jewels, fine cashmere and silks lived in great red forts where they collected many treasured items that would make a feminist’s skin crawl. These wives enjoyed palace surrounds and peered through lattices at the world that went on below them. There was one wife that stood above the rest and when she died the ruler was so full of greed that he built a marble tomb so they could be together together. This is popularly called the Taj Mahal in all its mosaic glory.
Questioning whether a marble shrine is worth the visit depends on a few things. Your willingness to see and discover things you haven’t before and also patience to put up with crowds and traffic. It isn’t all that straightforward to visit the Taj Mahal but standing on the marble terrace and walking though the mosaic walls is an experience that a post card cannot compete with.
The mausoleum is very well supported by locals with many women dresses in their saris taking a turn around the minarets. The detail of the walls has countless patterns of plants, Marble jail lattice and Person calligraphy reading ‘Oh Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you’. It would have cost 32 million rupees in 1653 to build and that would be close to $827 million USD in todays dollar.
Red Fort Terrace
Inside Humayun’s tomb
With a price tag like that it is no wonder that Mughal emperor was imprisoned by his son in the red fort to live out the rest of his days. Agra has many historical attractions including Human’s tomb. There you will find beautiful gardens and a tomb at the end to mark the significance of the emperor. The best thing about this is a secret passage that leads to a hollowed out room in the foundations that you can shout and the sound will echo throughout the mausoleum, as if Human was still alive.
After a full day exploring the remnants of a rich and powerful India it fitting to get a taste of that for yourself. There are several luxury accommodation options available in Agra to experience being a Prince or Princess for the day. We stayed at the The Oberoi Amarvilas and had a view of the Taj Mahal from our room as well as a personalised trip to the mausoleum on the hotel golf cart.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra