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Agra Tourism Places

The history of this city dates back not only to the Mughal era but centuries ago, the city has been mentioned in the epic Mahabharata where it was called Agravana (the border of the forest). Later, a number of rulers ruled over the city but it was the Mughal era that brought its magnanimity into light. It was Mughal architecture what helped Agra to regain its lost glory. During Akbar reign, Agra was modified and transformed into a splendid city. During the Akbar period Agra became the centre of art, culture, commerce and learning. However the major contribution towards the popularity of this city lies in the hands of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, who built the spectacular Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal.

Being one of the most visited cities by tourist worldwide, Agra is well connected by road, air and rail. The city also possesses skilled craftsmen who belonged to the mughal era and had contributed towards the constructions of the various architectures including Taj Mahal. City is world famous for marble inlay work and also offers variety of carpets, handicrafts and leather goods. Although there are number of places to visit in Agra like Jama masjid, Itmad-ud-daula & chini ka Rauza.


Taj Mahal

This spectacular mughal architecture needs no introduction. It speaks for itself when it comes to being one of the most popular and beautiful heritage site in India. In a recent poll conducted, the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of visiting India is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal.

It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1631 and took as long as 17 years for its completion. Around 20,000 craftsmen are believed to be included in the construction of this magnificent mausoleum.


Agra Fort

Agra fort is a red sandstone fort and was transformed into a palace during Shah Jahan's reign. It includes Moti Masjid, The Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khaas, Khas Mahal and Shish Mahal. It is a crescent shaped fort flattered on the east with a long straight wall facing the river Yamuna.


Itmad-Ud-Daula Tomb

It was built by Empress Nur Jahan for her beloved father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Located on the left bank of the Yamuna River, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden criss-crossed by water coursed and walkways. It is decorated with semi precious stones and magnificent carving.


Chini ka Rauza

It is milestone in terms of Indo-Persian architecture as it is the very first building in India that has been exclusively decorated by glazed tile works. It was built by in the reign of Shah Jahan, the most distinctive feature of the tomb is the colourful tiles or Chini from which the mausoleum gets its name.


Sikandra

It is also spelt out as Sikandara, is a small town in a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The town is travelled by many descenders every year because of the sepulchre of Akbar which is posited here. Akbar himself started to build his mausoleum as he wanted a beautiful monument to be made out by using Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist and Jain art-work, but couldn’t complete it and died. His son Jahangir completed his tomb, which is now a major attraction for tourists for its unutterable charm and fine designs. Surrounding by green parklands, this monument is a sheer piece of splendid ancient architectural beauty. This mausoleum is four-tiered, of which three are made of red sandstone and fourth one is made entirely of marble. The tomb is hemmed in between three-storied minarets from the four sides, which gives an amazing look to the repository.


Fatehpur Sikri

It is situated on the outskirts of Agra on the way to Jaipur. It was the capital of Akbar dynasty and this includes several heritage sites. The major attraction of the Fatehpur sikri is the Buland Darwaja that was built by Akbar. It is a gateway that was constructed to commemorate his victory. Another important part of the city is Tomb of Saint Salim Chishti and draws a large number of devotees from across the India itself. Fatehpur Sikri Palace, Jama masjid, Jodha Bhai's Kitchen, Diwan-i-Khas and Panch Mahal are hard to miss.


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