Friday, February 26, 2010

Palace of Shah Jahan - Agra

Shah Jahan is the ruler who built the Taj Mahal for his wife who passed away in child birth. I'm pretty sure this is where we were visiting when I took all these pictures. Pretty sure....I was definitely in Agra though!
This monkey was hanging out when I started to take his picture. All of a sudden he was in motion because Stephanie was opening a granola bar in his presence.

Silly Stephanie. The monkey jumped up and took it out of her hand! You can't see it very well but here he is now munching on her breakfast.

The entrance gate on the way up to the palace. The path was wide enough for two elephants to pass and built with graduated stones so that the elephants wouldn't slip.

Tiny me in front of one of the archways into the palace grounds.

This was the reception hall where he would meet the petitioners and listen to complaints.

The columns are perfectly symmetric. If you stand in the right place, you cannot see them lined up. (I am obviously not in the right place)

After Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, his son over powered him and held him prisoner. He spent 8 years confined to his rooms where he would stand on the balcony and stare at the Taj Mahal yearning for his dead wife. Unfortunately, the haze obscures the view of the Taj on the other side of the river.

Loved the carved fountains. They were all gravity fed. (No electricity back in the 1500's)

The swimming pool! Constructed with built in seats and fountains for lounging. I would have loved to see this filled with water.

I'll never complain about picking up leaves again. No leaf blowers in India. Just people with some thatches bundled together sweeping the ground clean.

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