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Agra is the proud owner of the world famous monument of love, the Taj Mahal. It also has some of the most beautiful pieces of architectural genius. The forts, palaces, tombs and mosques of Agra speak volumes about the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire , who made Agra their capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Situated on the western bank of river Yamuna, Agra has secured its place on the international map due its architectural wealth. This beautiful town moves at its own pace and is also home to many craftsmen who have been living here since the era of Mughals, showing their skills on marble and soapstone. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.


Taj Mahal - Agra Attractions & Places to Visit in Agra
» Taj Mahal India : The Taj mahal is considered as the epitome of love, built by the mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This extravagant monument of love is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the world. Taj Mahal is a wonderful blend of Indo-Persian architecture, reflecting the glory of the Mughal era.

» Agra Red Fort : Agra red fort was built by Akbar, who chose Agra as his capital. This is one of the most important group of buildings, after Taj. The construction of this building took about eight years and was built under the superintendence of Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr. It was one of the fortified residences that the emperor wanted to have at various strategic points of his empire. The fort had over five hundred buildings, many of which were demolished by Akbar's descendants and new buildings were added, mainly in marble.

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» Fatehpur Sikri : Fatehpur Sikri is situated about 37 kms from Agra, built predominantly in Red Sandstone. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, this city was planned as his capital but shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city and within 20 years the capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore. Built during 1571 and 1585, the city is an outstanding amalgamation of Mughal and Hindu architecture. The construction of the Fatehpur Sikri mosque is similar to that of the holy mosque in Mecca and can be entered through the Buland Darwaza that is 54m high.

» Akbar's Mausoleum, Sikandra : The mausoleum of Akbar is situated 4 km from Agra and its construction was started by Akbar himself . This beautiful structure is a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian , Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs.

» Jama Masjid Or Jami Masjid : Jama Masjid was built by Shah Jahan in 1648. But the main gate of this mosque has inscription written on it that it was built by Jahanara Begum, the favorite daughter of Shah Jahan, who was imprisoned with him. It is one of its kind due to the shape of the dome and the absence of minarets.

» Chini-Ka-Rauza : This tomb of glazed tiles is a memorial, dedicated to the Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz, a poet-scholar and prime minister of Shah Jahan.

Fatehpur Sikri - Agra » Dayal Bagh Temple : Dayal bagh is situated 15-kms from Agra and is also known as Soamibagh. It houses the samadhi of the founder of Radha Swami faith, 'Swamiji Maharaj'. According to a belief here the construction work should never end, making it into a living monument, hence it is under construction for almost 100 years. The central structure is a majestic building, 110-feet in height, built of pure white marble.

» Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb : The tomb is dedicated to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, who was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. Built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628, this white marble tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are as mesmerizing as Taj. There are delicate marble latticework in the passages, allowing the light to enter the interiors.

» Mariyam Tomb : This red sand stone tomb, built in 1611 is dedicated to the wife of Akbar and is situated on the Delhi - Agra highway. The intricate carvings on the tomb of Mariyam-us-Zamani are worth giving a closer look.

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» Ram Bagh : This garden was built by Babur when he came to India and are situated 500 m North of the Chini Ka Rauza. They now look totally different from what they used to look like in 1558.


Getting there
» By Air : Agra airport or the Kheria airport, connects Agra with all the major places in India. All the major domestic airlines have their services to this place of the Taj.

» By Rail : Agra railway station connects Agra to almost every corner of the nation.

» By Road : Agra has the National Highway Numbers 2, 3, 11 passing through it, which connects it to the other places in the State as well as outside the state. The state transports have deluxe as well as ordinary bus services for the place.





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