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My Tour of India Part 5 (Day 4)

15 April 2013

A 5.30am start to the day may not be everybody's cup of tea but with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal on the agenda, I needed no encouragement to get up and go! Sunrise is most certainly the best part of the day to enjoy this wonderful treasure house of India. The Taj Mahal proved to be everything I expected it to be - and more. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife, this magnificent monument is indeed one of the greatest and most romantic buildings in the world. The days of an emperor  in residence here may be long gone but I was intrigued to discover a pair of golden eagles had made it their home.

The palace has access ramps throughout the visitor area right up to the very last sections into the main building, which can only be reached via stairs. The gardens however can be enjoyed in all their glory and photographs with the Taj Mahal in the background will give you wonderful memories of a holiday that is most definitely exotic. The area leading up to the last section is very flat, and it is here - perched in front of the water fountains - you will find the famous bench that is now affectionately known as Diana's bench.

Upon leaving the Taj Mahal, our next stop was a sightseeing tour of Agra City and a visit to the Bagar Fort - the seat of the stronghold of the Mughal emperor under successive generations. Bagar Fort is another extremely impressive example of Murghal architecture, which also benefits from having plenty of ramps to ensure most areas are accessible. This is good news indeed for tourists with walking difficulties - and proves once again that India is keen to cater for the needs of disabled people.

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