Courtney & Deb World Adventure travel blog

Our hotel pool in Agra

Hotel pool in Agra



Bird Cages in trees

Agra Fort walkway

Third Gate into Agra Fort










Shapes made from Rocks

Men shaping the rocks

Almost completed plate

First Step is sketching the design you want on the marble

Second Step shape the stones according to design

Third Step temporarily glue on to marble

Final Step carve with diamond cutter according to stone shape

Label on the side of a truck

These are how the simis are decorated all over India


Back of simi











Our hotel room in Agra

puppet show outside hotel in Agra


Cultural dance at the pool at hotel

Our driver and tour guide pick us up at the hotel around 8:00 am. Our tour guide has bad news ---- the Taj Mahal will not open until midday. A special delegation is getting a private tour. Our alternate plan is to go to the Agra Fort.

Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563–1573. This powerful fortress of red sandstone was the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. The first line of defense for the fort consisted of two moats. One moat contained water and alligators and a second moat was a nature preserve containing lions and tigers. The fort is surrounded by a six-story high fortification wall. We enter through one of four gates. The entry road is made of brick and has a gentle rise to it. This construction enabled goods to be brought in by camel and elephant. Inside are many beautiful palaces, king’s courts, mosques and gardens built in the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture.

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