April 2, 2012

Incredible India - Part II

Ok guys, here's the sequel to yesterday's post
I'm starting off with photos of my visit to Humayun's Tomb, situated in Delhi. Here's where I first got to learn about the way every entry gate leading to the monument, is built higher than the next one. You can see this on the picture below. As a result one can - if no one is ofcourse blocking the entry - from far away see the real architectural masterpiece through the various entries. 

Humayun's Tomb was one of the first monumental mausoleums built during the Mughal empire and is considered to have served as inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Can you see the resemblance on the pictures below?

Humayun's Tomb, April 2011 - Delhi, India

Next entry gate to Humayun's Tomb - Delhi, India

Humayun's Tomb - Delhi, India

Taj Mahal - Agra, India

Inside Agra Fort - Agra, India

It was awesome to visit Agra Fort and to get to know about all the security measures taken to defend the city against intruders/enemies. If you would want to have entered Agra Fort during the sixteenth century, you would first have had to climb the huge wall, whereafter you would find yourself to have to fight tigers. In case you survived, a second wall awaited you. Behind this one crocodiles were enjoying the water - ready to eat you. In case you even made it through this level (yes, call it a game!), you would have to walk up the 'sort of stairs' which had gutters on the side, fed by the gutters coming out the walls, through which oil was being spread. Once the enemy/intruder was close enough, this was put on fire..

I love to learn about the history of such great amazing monuments! Makes me imagine how it was to live during that period. What about you?

Qutab Minar Complex - Delhi, India

Qutab Minar's with 72.5m the highest minaret in India

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