10 Amazing Sites To Visit In Agra
10 Amazing Sites To Visit In Agra
World renowned and celebrated for the alluring monument of love Taj Mahal, Agra has thousands of tourists flocking in each year without fail. Nestled amidst the other important cities of the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city has an incredible history defining each monument it houses.
So if you are a history lover and like to unfold fascinating chapters from the ancient, Agra is definitely the place to be. This amazing city dictates the tale of adorning Mughal legacy. No wonder you will see some of the most fascinating structures and mausoleums here.
With mystical Yamuna River flowing right through the city, Agra is undoubtedly an enticing beauty to explore.
In order to reach here, you can take flights to Agra Airport from Air India that operates direct New Delhi to Agra flights, thrice a week via Varanasi. It is the only carrier that serves the Agra Airport. In case, you are planning to take the rail route, Agra Cantt is the main railway station. However, for those who don't have much time in hand, but still wish to make the most of a tour of the mystical city, Agra tour by air is the best for the same day tour. The tour covers all major sites within a single day!
Here are top 10 popular places to visit in the city of Agra:
1. Taj Mahal
A trip to Agra is never complete without a visit to pride of India, Taj Mahal. Listed under the category of Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this stunning architecture needs no introduction absolutely. Fancied by millions of women across the globe and an iconic figure for men, this fairy tale monument constructed out of marble stands tall along the Yamuna River. Tourists from all over the world visit Agra to have a glimpse of this exquisite monument of love. The mesmerising saga of Taj Mahal dates back to the year 1630 when Shahjahan, the then Mughal Emperor constructed a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. No wonder the structure is widely celebrated as a paragon of love.
Integrated with the amazing concept of optical illusion, Taj Mahal will appear as a magnificent glistening structure of that appears the same from all four sides. The floors of the monument comprise of intricate calligraphy and ancient mosaic work embellished adorned with precious stones. Over twenty thousand skilled craftsmen from Turkey, Italy, and Persia toiled 22 years to build this paragon of excellence.
Visitors are supposed to cover their feet or shoes with a cloth (easily available at counters) to enter the mausoleum. This is important to maintain the purity of the building. In the year, 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Red Fort
Also referred to as Agra Fort and commissioned by Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor in the year 1565, this exquisite fort is home to a huge number of striking structures including:
- Moti Masjid
- Jahangir’s Palace
- Khas Mahal
- Shish Mahal
- Musamman Burj
The exteriors of red sandstone offer ample protection to these sections. Together, these amazing structures create a mini paradise for visitors. It is built in archetypal Mughal style by four thousand artisans over a span of eight years.
This beautiful mausoleum was constructed by Noor Jahan's commands. She was the wife of Jahangir and daughter of Mirza Ghiyas Beg. He was honoured with the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah (meaning ‘pillar of the state’). White marble is used to build the falls. These also have semi precious stones embedded into them.
It is widely popular as the tomb of Emperor Akbar. It is a very huge structure carved exquisitely in red-ochre sandstone tomb. Nestled amidst a verdant patch, Sikandra will appear to be a nice little fantasy land that has rabbits, deer, and langurs loitering all around. One of the major features of the tomb is 99 names of Allah beautifully inscribed on it.
5. Fatehpur Sikri
This is yet another site in Agra you must not miss out on. The magnanimous monument was constructed here Emperor Akhbar in the year 1569. The splendid site displays a huge number of structures of historical significance. One of the most highlighted features of Fatehpur Sikri is the Buland Darwaza. It was constructed beautifully to commemorate the victory of Emperor Akbar over the state of Gujarat. This gigantic gate measures nearly 54 m in height and 35 m in width.
6. Jama Masjid
Also popularly known as the Friday Mosque, this is among the largest ones in India attributed to Princess Jahanara Begum, daughter of Shah Jahan. It holds a special place in the Indian and Mughal history. Constructed in the year 1648, the mosque is revered for its distinct dome style. The interiors of mosque hole inscriptions written in praise of Shah Jahan and Jahanara. The entire structure is created from red stone and marble. Over five thousand workers toiled over a span of six long years to complete the structure.
7. Soor Sarovar
Established in the year 1991, this wildlife sanctuary sprawls across 15 acres of land and one of the most amazing places to visit in the mystical city of Agra. A hot favourite among local migratory birds and small animals that wander around and are very easy to spot, you would love to have a close encounter with nature. The panoramic natural beauty of this place had once inspired renowned poet Soordas to compose the ‘Bhakti Kavya’. This is considered as one of Soordas' finest pieces of poetry ever written. This is also the reason, the place is called 'Soor Sarovar'.
8. Gurudwara Shri Guru Ka Taal Sahib
Widely celebrated for its splendid style of architecture, Guru Ka Taal is one of the most honoured places for the Sikh community. This Taal is constructed over the pious site where Guru Tegh Bahadur laid down his arms to offer arrest to Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. Originally, the Tall served as a reservoir. However, at present, it is honoured as a holy place. Visited by four out of the ten Sikh Gurus, Guru Ka Taal is a beautiful place to visit.
9. Chini Ka Rauza
The place is very popular for its awe-inspiring dome. Built in careful hands in Persian style, the dome comprises of resplendent glazing blue tiles imported from China. The breathtaking artwork of this monument is widely celebrated among history lovers. The coloured embellishments on the tomb make it a beautiful sight. Chini Ka Rauza is dedicated to Allama Afzal Khan, the Prime Minister and poet of Shah Jahan.
10. Dayal Bagh
This is one of the most exquisite sites to visit in Agra. Its unprecedented architectural beauty makes it a must-visit for all. Dayal Bagh is a superb blend of temples, mosque, and Gurudwara. Dayal Bagh dates back to the year 1904 and presently serves as the headquarters for Radha Swami Faith followers. This stunning beauty in marble is something you shouldn't miss while on a trip to Agra.
To Sum Up
The city of Agra is a mesmerising amalgam of the most beautiful chapters from Indian history. A visit to this amazing place will let you have a look through the ancient age and Mughal grandeur.
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Agra, the historical city is one of the most sought after cities of India. It is preferred by both national and international travellers. This is an ideal go-to destination for all types of travellers including family, kids, individuals and couples.
Best Time to Visit - February, March, April, September, October, November, December.
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