Agra is especially famed for its recognized monument of love – the Taj Mahal. It is located at a distance of 204 km from Delhi. Standing on the banks of river of Yamuna it is famous for the other renowned palaces and forts that were mainly built during the great Mughal era. Agra was the capital city of the Mughal Empire. Agra saw the best period of reign when the city was ruled by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shah Jahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj Mahal. Post Mughal era, Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city.
Attractions & Places to Visit in Agra
Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, The Taj Mahal is an undying symbol of love. This extravagant monument of Love is the most visited and most photographed places in the world. It is said that it was built by the emperor for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal gives the same flamboyant look at every hour of the day, but a Taj Mahal Tours during full moon light is beyond imagination.
A UNSECO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort was built the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar and is a must visit place when on a Tour of Taj Mahal.
It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. A Taj Mahal tours without a visit to the Agra Fort is incomplete.
Located 37 kms from Agra, this city was built mainly in Red Sandstone called Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, this city is a fine example of culmination of Mughal and Hindu architecture. Entrance to the mosque is through the Buland Darwaza that is 54m high. Any tourists to Taj Mahal tours must have a go at Fatehpur Sikri.
Shopping in Agra
Agra is shopper’s paradise; there is plenty of shopping areas in and around the city where one can buy specialties of the place. Here you can buy leather chappals (sandals), purses, bags, decorative items and many more such leather product which instantaneously attracts your attention. If you are on a Taj Mahal tours always make it a point to buy the replica of the Taj Mahal easily available in the local markets.
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