Agra was one city I had highly anticipated when backpacking India. After getting to the Taj Mahal, I was able to capture several decent shots, in and around the area. Since I was shooting mainly in RAW, I have not converted all the photos to jpeg yet.
The outside of the Taj Mahal compound is a chaotic scene. Locals are all over begging and trying to take you on a short cut to avoid the long entrance line. After negotiating with one man for a while, we finally decided to follow him on a long trek through side streets and even up a flight of stairs in an apartment, which led to a passage way back to a street. Eventually we found a back entrance with a shorter line. We gave the man a few bucks and he sprinted back to the front gate to get some more followers.
The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and ended in 1653. There is also a Mosque and a few other buidlings and shrines within the fortified walls. If you are ever near northern India I would recommend getting to Agra. The inside of the Taj Mahal does not disappoint. The inside is dark and houses the tomb for whom the structure was dedicated.