The World Heritage Fort in Agra, India

In the morning we went off to the Agra Fort with Abbib, a auto-rickshaw driver we had met the day before.

The Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way is just as beautiful as the Taj Mahal.

The ubiquitous monkeys were on hand to greet us as we entered.Monkeys at the Fort in Agra, IndiaAl paying the entry fee; this was certainly a ‘classic’ sandstone cashier cage. 'Classic' sandstone cashier cage at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalStone collage, a common sight in India. Stone collage at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalThe stairway down.Stairs leading downwards at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalA guard keeping an eye out on the interior rooms of the fort.A room at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalA stray dog casually wanders by.Dog at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalCarved sandstone columns.Carved sandstone column at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalA niche with a frontispiece of elaborately carved red sandstone.Elaborately carved sandstone niche at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalThe red sandstone structures become increasingly intricate and beautiful.The Fort in Agra, IndiaWithin the fort is a marble palace that overlooks the formal garden.Garden at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalThe marble balcony overlooking the surrounding lands.Colonnaded balcony at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalNiches in a marble wall.Niches in a marble wall at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalGeometric zig-zag patterns of semi-precious stones.Geometric pattern of semi-precious stones at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalA primitive but surprisingly functional stone-cutting tool.stone-cutting tool at the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal fortress, is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, and in its own way just as beautiful as the Taj MahalThe fort was large but we were unable to access its entirety  there was a room of mirrors that I would have liked to have seen.

Abbib was not waiting for us when we left so we hired a different driver, younger and ruder. “Aye Babu,” he yelled at an older driver just before he swerved suddenly to miss hitting a truck.

At the bus station he demanded 70 plus 70. When Al tried to give him 100 he snatched at it and then grabbed “10 for a tip”.

“No tip with all that nonsense,” Al roared and stomped off, leaving me shaking my head at him and then dashing off too.

So now we were off on our next adventure, a bus trip to Fatehpur Sikri, the walled city created under the direction of Akbar, one of the greatest of Mughal emperors.

More of our trip to Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan in 2010.

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