Agra

Agra is a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. It’s home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631). The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets.

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Taj Mahal: One of the seven wonders of the world, The beautiful Taj is the most popular Indian monument. It was built by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The stunning monument made up of white marble derives its inspiration from Humayun’s Tomb. 

Agra Fort: Standing on the banks of the River Yamuna, Agra Fort  is one of the most popular monuments in Agra. This highly fortified Fort has four gates out of which Lahore and Delhi gates are the most popular. 

Jama Masjid: Agra’s Jama Masjid like its counterpart in Delhi was also made by the emperor Shah Jahan, and is one of the most popular mosques in India. It is an architectural marvel and is flocked by worshippers and tourists on all days.

Fatehpur Sikri: The city was built by Akbar in the memory of his beloved Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti. The entire city was built in red sandstone. Some of the popular in the city are: Panch Mahal a five storeyed building functioned as a pleasure palace, Birbal Bhawan which is known for its intricate designs, Mariam-uz-Zamani Palace, which was built for Mariam, the wife of Akbar; and lower Haramsara

Chini ka Rauza: Chini ka Rauza is the tomb of a persian poet who later became Wazir in Jahangir’s reign. It is decorated with glazed tiles work and is an architectural marvel. 

Khas Mahal: This beautiful palace was built by Akbar for his daughters Roshanara and Jahanara

Jaswant Singh Ki Chattri: Dedicated to Rani Hada, the princess of Bundi, this was the only hindu created monument during the reigns of the Mughals.

One must also visit Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, Mariam-uz-Zamani tomb, and tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.and temples like Bateshwar Temple and Mankameshwar Temple.

  • Natural Places:

While visiting Agra Fort one must spend some time at Anguri Bagh to admire the beautiful landscape and lily pond. Mehtab Bagh is a beautiful garden located at the backside of the majestic Taj across the River Yamuna, the view of Taj from here especially at sunset can captivate anyone’s heart. One must also visit Ram Bagh, the first Mughal Garden built by Babar. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and National Chambal Sanctuary.

  • Food:

While on a trip to Agra one must try Mughlai food, chaat, bedhaai and kachori, parantha, tandoori chicken, bhalla, shawarma, dalmoth and of course Agra’s most popular sweet, Petha. Besides dining at restaurants one can also try delectable street food at Sadar Bazaar.

  • Activities:

One of the best activities you can indulge in while visiting Agra is enjoying boat ride in Yamuna at sunset while watching the beautiful Taj Mahal. History buffs and theatre lovers can enjoy witness the Mughal era at Kala Kriti Dance Drama Show. 

  • Shopping:

Miniature replicas of Tajmahal is a must buy for all the tourists. In Agra there are a number of markets namely Kinari Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, Shah Market etc. One must buy leather items like shoes, bags, belts; Mughal style carpets and rugs; marble souvenirs and gifts such as vases, coasters, jewellery boxes etc. while exploring these markets.