Top Amazing Places to Visit in Delhi & Agra, Our Pick
Top Amazing Places to Visit in Delhi & Agra, Our Pick
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.
With over 113 tourist places in the city, Agra offers immense opportunities for travellers to explore. Almost all of the local attractions can be visited at any time of the day. Here are some of the not-to-miss attractions in the city:
1. The Inevitable Monument of Love - Taj Mahal
How can an Agra tour be complete without a visit to Taj Mahal? In fact, most people across the globe would not have thought of Agra were it not for one of the seven wonders of the world. Made of white marble, this architectural beauty was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. A testimony of Mughal architectural brilliance, Taj Mahal truly stands the test of time. In the year 1983, the monument has been declared as a World Heritage Site. Nothing can be compared to the experience of watching this unmatched beauty on the night of full moon day.
2. Agra Fort
Do not miss out on a visit to Agra Fort while on a tour to the historical city. It is a beautiful 16th century monument. Another proof of the architectural brilliance of the Mughals, the fort is located near the gardens of mesmerising Taj Mahal. Also referred to as the Red Fort of Agra, this amazing monument will spellbind you with its impeccable architecture and unmatched beauty. It is home to several palaces such as Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal and many more. Agra Fort also has audience halls and two mosques. This is the place where Shah Jahan was held prisoner by Aurangazeb, his son. The emperor spent his last days here watching the monument of love he had built for his wife.
3. Fatehpur Sikri
The great Mughal emperor Akbar constructed Fatehpur Sikri in the year 1570. A tribute to Sufi Saint, the city makes for a perfect amalgam of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture styles. The use of red sandstone is more prevalent here. It served as the capital of Mughal Empire for a decade and was enclosed by a 6-kilometer long wall on three sides, huge towers and gates. Fatehpur Sikri is home to some of the most crucial buildings of city such as Birbal’s House, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal and Jama Masjid. Interestingly, the whole city, including its royal palaces, Jama Masjid and courts were declared as a World Heritage Site in the year 1986.
This is India’s first tomb to be constructed completely out of marble. Itmad-Ud-Daulah has revolutionized the Mughal architectural style. Earlier only red sandstone was used to construct the building. Built during Jahangir’s period, this 21-meter high tomb is a memorial for his father-in-law, Mirza Ghiyas. It is a beautiful building reflecting the Islamic architectural style with some eye catching paintings inside.
Delhi – The Heart of India
A visit to Delhi, the capital city of India will make your trip to India worth cherishing for long. The city is more than just the capital of the nation. It holds an interesting history and has been a witness to several wars and killings by its rulers. Here, we will discuss about the best places to visit in the city:
1. Humayun's Tomb
Most people visit this place for its exquisite architecture. The first garden on the Indian subcontinent, Humayun's Tomb was declared a World Heritage Site in the year 1993. Soon after the declaration, the site has gone widespread restoration work since then. Akbar the Great custom-built monument during 1569-70. The first structure has a massive scale for construction, this tomb is a must visit for its unique beauty.
2. Chandni Chowk
This is one of the oldest markets in Old Delhi and a must visit for all. A significant historical site of India, Chandni Chowk was originally constructed in the 17th century. Book Delhi Taj Mahal Tour Package to be able to couple the Agra tour with some of the best sightseeing options in Delhi. Emperor Shah Jahan built the marketplace. Right from delectable food options for ethnic shopping, Chandni Chowk offers everything a visitor would require.
3. Jama Masjid
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Jama Masjid during the period 1644 and 1656. The beautiful mosque was built on a massive budget. The mosque has three huge entry gates standing since 1656 (the year of completion). Constructed of red sandstone and white marble, Jama Masjid is a massive mosque with a capacity of around 25,000 people at a time. One of the most striking features of the mosque is its courtyard. It was built with a great vision. Around 899 black markings for worshippers make this most distinctive.
4. Red Fort
The fortunate seat of the Mughal rule and authority from the year 1648 onwards. This was the time when Shah Jahan, the 5th Mughal emperor decided to move the capital of the empire from Agra to Delhi. The whole structure is constructed using red sandstone. Presently, it remains one of the most significant and amazing architectural marvels of the Mughal era. Red Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
5. India Gate
The landmark of the capital city of India, the gigantic gateway to the 82,000 soldiers, both Indian and British, which died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is home to the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the burning structure, right underneath the archway, the burning structure symbolizes the eternal, immortal soldiers of India.
6. Jantar Mantar
This is a must visit tourist centre and one of the five best sites constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It is home to 13 architectural astronomy instruments. This observatory was built with an aim to compile the astronomical tables and to predict the movement and the timings of the sun, moon and planets. A mystical place built prudently, Jantar Mantar is a must visit for all!
This is the site where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation was cremated followed by his assassination in year 1948 (a year after independence). Rajghat is visited by people from all around the world. They come here to pay their homage to the great man.
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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 ... Continue reading