india chronicles: agra fort

after my visit to taj mahal, I have planned to see agra fort which was part of my itinerary for the day.  I realized as I went out of the mausoleum that I used a different gate  and it was not the one where the tuktuk dropped me off early morning.  I found myself walking on narrow streets and not even knowing where to go.  for a few minutes I just kept on walking, occasionally a tuktuk will stop by my side and the local driver offering me a ride but I just sort of ignored them.  I then saw a  tuktuk stopped in a corner street and I noticed that there were already passengers inside.  I assumed it picks up passengers (same in philippines?!) so I approached the driver standing beside it and told him – “agra fort”?  he nodded and I added – “how much”? he said “10 rupees”!

I then told him “noooo special! I go with them!” ( as I pointed a finger at the guys cramped inside his tuktuk.)  he looked surprised, I asked again how much and he blurted out – 2 rupees!  it was fun bargaining, it’s really not because I wanted to save 8 rupees but getting him convinced for me not to pay the “tourist rate” was a funny experience.  I then sat inside the tuktuk, took out my camera, positioned it infront of me and announced “picture”!!!”and here’s the result. 😀

after a short ride with my new-found indian friends I made it at agra fort.  the fort is a unesco world heritage site.

it wasn’t a friday so I have to pay the 50 rupees “pathkar” – whatever that is, hehe.

a welcoming structure at the entrance.

sometimes it also gets lonely being alone.

it shows here that part of the fort is under military occupation.

this is the hall of the public audience or diwan-i-am.

the octagonal tower, mussaman burj which actually offers a view of the taj mahal from afar.

macchi bawan, which used to have fountains, marble tanks and there were fishes.  also called as the fish enclosure – it’s all green grass now.

6 responses to “india chronicles: agra fort

    • .. spent about P50k but that includes my one night stay in sg before my flight back to manila.

      .. i never use travel packages, hehe. it will be costly considering that I travel solo.

  1. instagram-worthy moment ang picture nyo sa tuktuk! napangiti talaga ako when i saw it! i imagined putting myself in the situation and wondered if my co-passengers would not give in to my kodakan-random-request. ang saya naman, tumingin sila sa cam mo! 🙂

    on a more serious note, i fell in love with agra fort upon reading maria’s (photocache/ewok’s) blog about her bangladesh-india trip with her hubby and reading your own post about that beautiful terracotta magnificence and seeing your, ehem, lovely photos, made me want to rob a bank today and head to india! hahaha! 🙂

    • .. i wasn’t expecting that the shot would look like that, hehe. i know india is in your bucket list and surely one day you’ll end up in agra too.

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