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Golden triangle tourism of Delhi Agra Jaipur circuit is about thousand kilometres in travel.
This tour is brilliant if you only have Thursday and Friday available for vacation. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday, hence, Agra sightseeing is done on Thursday itself and Jaipur sightseeing on Friday. Sunset viewing of Taj Mahal is possible.
The immortal Taj Mahal was given to Agra and the world by Shah Jahan, the Mogul emperor. Taj Mahal was born out of the Emperor's greatest tragedy of his life, that is that of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal at childbirth. She was 39 and as was her wont, at the time of her death, she was with the Emperor on a military campaign. After her death, the Emperor lost interest in the State affairs, became promiscuous, allowed is here to turn grey, permitted his sons and advisers to govern his empire and devoted his time and overflowing rich Treasury to his passion of architecture. For the first time marble was chosen as the main building material instead of red stone. More on Taj Mahal Story
Agra Fort was built by Akbar using red stone.
Fatehpur Sikri, which you will visit on the way to Jaipur, was built in the honour of Salim Chishty by Akbar using red stone.
Salim Chishty, the Sufi mystic, was highly revered and wishes granted by him would always come true. This brought Akbar to the saint with the wish of having an heir to his throne. The wish was granted and a grateful Emperor father built this red stone marvel as a tribute. Today, the faithful throng the architecturally acclaimed shrine, which is located in the mosque complex of Fatehpur Sikri, making a wish, then tying a thread on any one of the marble lattice screens. Custom is that after a wish fulfilment, one revisits the shrine and unties any string from the lattice screen. The recent famous visitor seeking wish fulfilment for a son was Carla Bruni, accompanying her husband, the French President Sarkozy on a state visit to India. Devotional mesmerising music, called Qawwali is regularly sung here.
Live Qawwali performance at the shrine, but intricacies of Qawwali explained first.
Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned by its citizens due to lack of water and not due to defeat or death.
Jaipur is a perfectly planned city and even today it never ceases to amaze. The uniformity of the shops to the length and breadth of the streets, strategic placing of homes to avoid the hot summer sun, but allowing sufficient sunlight and air, sewage system, Wells and blocks allocated to specific trades.
Before Jaipur, it was Amber Fort, which was the seat of power. Established in the 11th century, it was only in the 16th century, it rose to prominence through strategic marriage and political alliances with the Mogul dynasty. The famous Maharaja Man Singh was the commander in chief of Akbar's army as well as the responsibility of being the governor of Bengal had been bestowed unto him earlier.