Places to Visit
Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven Wonders of the World and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Needless to say, it features on the itinerary of not just domestic tourists but also foreign travelers. Agra is situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and along with Jaipur and Delhi forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism.
Believed to have been built in 1475, Agra even finds a mention in the epic Mahabharatha where it is called Agraban (meaning paradise). The renowned second century geographer Ptolemy had also spotted this place as Agra in his world map. The present Agra city was established by Sikandar Lodi of the Lodi Dynasty in the 16th century and was the capital of the Lodi and Mughal dynasties.
The examples of art and culture in this historic city are not only breathtaking, but are also mirrors of the artistic talents of the Indian population during the grand past. The city houses many ancient temples, mosques, forts, mausoleums, tombs and historical monuments. The city has its unique style of traditional paintings, folk dances, folk music and embroideries.
A side from the Taj Mahal, Agra has two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal in the night is a sight to behold but entry is restricted
The Taj mahal, one of the seven wonders in the world and most popular tourist attraction in India with around the world. This wonderful monument was built in 1653 by mughal emperor shahjaha in the memory of his beloved mumtaj mahal. This monument is a symbol o love and attracts thousand o visitors in a year.Taj mahal is beautifully built by white stones with red stone base, walls have mosaic work adorned with precious stones. This is a great example of amazing mughal architects.
Red fort of Agra is a world heritage site which is commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. It is situated at approx 2.5 km in northwest of taj mahal. It has built by red stone and its walls are seventy feet high. The main attractions in the building are Jahangir’s Palace, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Shish Mahal, Musammam Burj and the Khas Mahal.
Fatehpur sikri known as capital of the Mughal Empire. It founded by mughal emperor akbar in 1569. This beautiful building made of red stone and represents the unique mughal architecture with amazing artwork. Named as Fateh (meaning victory) in the beginning, it was later known as Fatehpur Sikri. The Fatehpur Sikkim was deserted after its completion due to natural calamities of insufficient water further triggered by the proximity of the Rajputana areas.
The Akbar tomb also called as sikandra which is a tomb of mughal emperor Akbar. This building is situated at Agra Delhi highway at 8 k.m. away from agra city centre. The pyramidal mausoleum with five tiers remains Akbar’s sprit in the piece.
This garden made by the Mughal emperor Babar which means moon light garden by its name. A square garden measuring 300 m by 300 m situate at north o taj mahal and opposite of Yamuna River. The garden was said to be surrounded by a compound wall made of Brick, lime plaster and clad with red sandstone. It was started renew in 1994 by archeologist and given a new flair.
Taj Nature Walk
Taj nature walk is lovable place to who want to feel nature around the taj mahal and want to get out from the crowd of taj mahal. It is situated at 500 meters ahead of east gate at fatehabad road. There are four main photo points, 20 foot high watch towers in different locations, and this is a 9 kilometer walking trail with visuals of the Taj Mahal in various settings.
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum in Agra. It is also referred to as a jewel box, Baby Taj and even a draft of the Taj Mahal. This tomb was commissioned by Jahangir’s wife Nur Jahan, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, who had been given the title Itimad-ud-Daulah (pillar of the state). This tomb was built between 1622-1628. The mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden, criss-crossed by water courses and walkways. The walls are white marble from Rajasthan, which are encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations like cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz. The intricate work on the marble is certainly noteworthy
Other tourist attraction in agra….
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