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Agra


Located at a distance of 203 Km from Delhi, Agra - the city of the Taj Mahal -- is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. One of the eight wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is known for its unrivalled architectural beauty. As Agra was the capital of India during the 16th and first half of the 17th centuries, the city boasts a number of historic monuments in the form of magnificent forts, mosques and tombs. The city is frequented by thousands of tourists every year, who come to take a glimpse of the enchanting Taj Mahal from all over the world.




Tourist Attractions in Agra
Taj Mahal :
Taj Mahal Agra The symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, who died at a young age of 38 while giving birth to their 14th child. Situated on the bank of Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal represents a fine blend of Mughal, Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. The most impressive and remarkable features of the Taj Mahal are its four tall minarets (162.5 feet high) at four corners of the structure, the black and white chessboard marble floor and the majestic dome (213 feet high and 58 feet in diameter) in the middle. The Taj Mahal is one of the most visited and most photographed monuments in the world.

Agra Fort :
Agra FortThis beautiful Fort made of Red Sandstone was built by Akbar during 1565 and 1574. The mighty wall runs for about 2 ½ kms around the perimeter of the Fort. Shah Jahan was imprisoned here by his son Aurangzeb and spent his last years in this Fort. Agra Fort is situated at less than 2 kms distance from Taj Mahal. After entering the Fort there are many places to see such as Diwan -i- Am and Diwan -i- Khas, Shish Mahal and Khas Mahal.

Fatehpur Sikri :
Fatehpur Sikri, AgraA royal city perfectly preserved, Fatehpur Sikri provides a marvellous escape into the past . Akbar embarked on the construction of a new capital here when a prophecy of the birth of a male royal heir, by the Sufi saint Salim Chisti of Sikri, came true.

Itmad - Ud - Daula :
Idmad-ud-Daula AgraTo the north of the fort and across the river yamuna are several fine examples of mughal architecture. The itmad -ud -daula was build by the empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, is beautifully ornamented with pietra dura inlay and lattice work marble screens.



Padmini Palace Chittorgarh, RajasthanSikandra Fort :
12km the tomb of Akbar, begun by the emperor himself and completed by his son, Jehangir. This richly decorated structure is a quaint mixture of styles.

Jama Masjid :
Jama Masjid Agra Built by Jahan Ara Begum -- the favorite daughter of Shah Jahan who was also imprisoned with him -- in 1648, the mosque has a unique shaped dome with no minarets.

Akbar's Tomn, Sikandra :
Four kilometer from Agra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Construction of this beautiful monument was Akbar's Tomb Sikandra, Agrastarted by Akbar himself . This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian , Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs.

Ram Bagh :
Ram Bagh Mughal Gardens was well laid by Emperor Babar, the founding father of Mughal dynasty. It is open from dawn to dusk for the tourists.

Chini Ka Rauza :
Chini Ka Rauza, AgraA high official in the court of Shahjahan, Afzal Khan, built this edifice. The architecture of this building s reminiscent of the Persian architecture.




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