Today, I woke up at 4:00 AM to get in a car by 5:00 AM to drive 3 hours to Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located. We ate some toast and eggs with our tour guide after we completed our 3 hour drive to Agra. We started off by viewing the Agra Fort since the smog was too dense to completely view the Taj Mahal. The Agra Fort was a massive fort that was built over several generations by the Mughal Empire. It has 40 foot high walls as well a massive moat. Inside, it consists of several tombs and multiple palaces that are all covered with embedded jewels. The exterior of the Agra Fort is covered with monkeys sitting on the roof watching people. It is an incredible sight!
We then went to multiple handicraft places. One of the places had all kinds of hand woven rugs and the other had marble tables with embedded jewels and other artifacts. We then went on a carriage ride to the Taj Mahal. At the Taj Mahal, we learned of its dedication to Mumtaz Mahal, who was considered India's prettiest woman. Mumtaz Mahal was married into the position of Empress when she married Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to her 14th child. Afterwards, the king became depressed and sought to fulfill her last wish, which was to have a monument made to symbolize their love for each other. The emperor and empress both remain there today in the center where their tombs rest. After viewing this magnificent wonder, we then headed home and arrived at IGIB after a 4-5 hour ride.