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Day 07- Bhratpur/agra

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

keoladeoghana.jpgJust outside Bharatpur lies this small, but amazingly rich bird sanctuary considered to be one of the world's outstanding heronries. Perhaps no other bird sanctuary in the world offers so many different species within so small a compass, creating a uniquely rewarding bird watching experience. 
The park originally called Ghana meaning "dense" takes its name from the ancient temple of Keoladeo, or Lord Shiva that you will find inside it. The new ecosystem that emerged became an ideal habitat for birds of all kinds. The raised paths camouflaged by babul trees make their viewing easier.

fatehpur sikri

fateh37 kms from Agra is a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri.  It is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour .It was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1571 and 1585 and it is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture Though the city is in ruins, but the sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. The city was later abandoned due to scarcity of water.

Today the Victoria Memorial Hall is a museum having an assortment of Victoria memorabilia, British Raj paintings and other displays. As night descends on Calcutta, the Victoria Memorial Hall is illuminated, giving it a fairy tale look. It is interesting to note that the Victoria Memorial was built without British government funds.

Taj Mahal

tajmahal1With its architectural simplicity, perfect balance and proportion of structure, the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most beautiful building in the world.  The subtlety of the building, made entirely with white marble, is enlivened by highlights of inlay and calligraphy in other coloured stones. The gentle white gives it a quality of weightlessness.