PLACES TO VISIT IN AGRA
Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal! There is though a ‘world’ beyond this
magnificent monument which provides immense fuel for sightseeing activities in
Agra. Here is a list of various places to visit in Agra and its vicinity that will make
your tour truly meaningful. These include multiple Mughal era buildings, forts, and
monuments with their strong historical heritage both in the city of Agra and in the
adjoining suburbs. Agra forms a part of the Golden Triangle with the cities of Delhi
and Jaipur and has a strong fervor of the old with a dash of the modern.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal stands tall at the south
bank of the river Yamuna in Agra. Taj Mahal or the “icon of love” is one of the
best places to visit in Agra and the most popular tourist destinations in India.
It is also considered to be an epitome of the Mughal Architecture. The ivory-white
marble mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz. The
monument is now where the tombs of the king and queen lie.
Fatehpur Sikri is a town in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh, India. The city itself
was founded as the capital of the Mughal Empire in 1571 by Emperor Akbar, serving
this role from 1571 to 1585, when Akbar abandoned it due to a campaign in
Punjab and was later completely abandoned in 1610. The town has several
significant parts to explore. The first thing that one comes across in this town is
the enormous Buland Darwaza which is 54 meters in height which is sure to leave
you awestruck. The surreal interiors of the town are a visual treat to the eyes and
are sure to leave you spellbound.
It is a Charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal
complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood
plains. The garden complex, square in shape, measures about 300 by 300 meters
and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. During the rainy
season, the ground becomes partially flooded. It is also said that the garden had a
spot from where Shah Jahan would watch the moonlit Taj Mahal, thus giving the
garden the name of Mehtab Bagh. The surreal views and an ideal place for a
couple of photoshoots have made Mehtab Bagh one of the most popular tourist
attractions in Agra.
Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence
of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted
from Agra to Delhi. Before capture by the British, the last Indian rulers to have
occupied it were the Marathas.
Agra Fort is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. History unfolds in
front of your eyes as you walk through the many structures inside the fort, like
Diwan-i-Khas, Khaas Mahal, etc.