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The Taj Mahal, Agra
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India Gate , New Delhi
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Qutub Minar Minaret, Delhi
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The Lotus Temple, New Delhi
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Mahatma Gandhi's Tomb, New Delhi
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The Red Fort, Agra

Delhi and Agra

Delhi, the capital of India is the place to appreciate all the marvels and all the contrasts of this country. It is situated along the east-west and north-south routes through India and all of the country's history can be seen here; ancient, colonial, modern. In Delhi you'll find museums and galleries, temples and monuments, teeming bazaars and fashionable boutiques, street-side stalls and gourmet restaurants.

Most of the most important monuments are in Old Delhi. The most famous are Humayun's Tomb; Jami Masjid, India's largest mosque and Chandni Chowk souks bazaars.

The Red Fort, built by Shah Jahan in 1639 took nine years to build and was the seat of the Mughal Capital until 1857.

Qtub Minar is India's highest tower and represents the first Muslim Kingdom in India, established in 1193.

New Delhi, in great contrast is a modern and beautiful city where one can see beautiful boulevards and the government buildings; the famous Mughal Gardens, and diplomatic embassies; as well as the National Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Agra is approximately 5 hours by road from Delhi. Leaving Delhi the road is crowded with cars, buses, trucks, cows, camels, and almost every other animal one can imagine. The drive gives a wonderful opportunity to appreciate rural India and provides great shot-opportunities.

The main two monuments of Agra are the Taj Mahal, modeled on the Islamic Gardens of Paradise, a monument to love built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, and widely recognized as one of the most exquisite buildings ever created; and the Agra Fort, situated on the west Bank of the Yamuna River. The fort was built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573.

Antipodes recommends

The Imperial, New Delhi
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

 

Delhi and Agra