Things to do in Agra
The former capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the iconic Taj Mahal. This monument to love is by far the highlight of this historic city and first time visitors won’t be disappointed by the sheer beauty and grandeur of it. The Agra Fort is an architectural marvel made up of red sandstone. Inside the walls are exquisite palaces, beautiful gardens and a mosque. The last of the heritage sites is Fatehpur Sikri, a historic town located 40 km from Agra and home to a mixture of Islamic and Hindu architecture. Agra is a bustling city and a haven of Mughal art, culture and architecture.
It has graced the pages of books for centuries but nothing quite prepares you for seeing the Taj Mahal for the very first time. The ultimate symbol of eternal love, this is one of India’s most memorable & emotive sights. There is no denying that the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is one of the main reasons one visit Agra.
Agra Fort was the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River.
Itimad-ud-daulah (Baby Taj)
The Itmad-ud-daulah’s tomb is also known as the Baby Taj. This Persian nobleman was Mumtaz Mahal’s grandfather and Emperor Jehangir’s wazir (chief minister). His daughter Nur Jahan, who married Jehangir, built the tomb between 1622 and 1628 in a style similar to the tomb.
Once the seat of Mughal legacy, Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor, Akbar, as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago.
Best Hotels in Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Coral Tree Homestay
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