AGRA

AGRA - TRAVEL THE HISTORY

220 kilometers from India's capital city of New Delhi, AGRA is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. It is this city that is home to the fabled mausoleum the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shahjehan in memory of his beloved queen, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal.

Travel Agra the city, which was at the zenith of its development during Mughal rule in India in the reigns of the Emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan (1556-1658 A.D) . During this period Agra became a world leader in art, architecture, science, commerce and culture.

Places of Interest at Agra

Taj Mahal

Agra Tour offers you one of the seven wonders of the world , the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan symbolising his eternal love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who was snatched away by the cruel hands of death in 1630, bearing him his fourteenth child . This enchanting mausoleum laid in 1½ acres of geometric gardens and waterways, which took 22 years (1631-1652 A.D) to complete , is the crowning glory of Mughal architecture in India.

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Agra Fort

This impressive red standstone fort was built by Akbar between 1565-1573 A.D. Replete with gateways, pillared halls , mosques, marble trellises and geomatric gardens , the Fort represents Mughal architecture at its peak.

Sikandra

The mausoleum of Emperor Akbar represents his philosophy and secular outlook, combining the best of Hindu and Muslim architecture in a superlative fusion. Completed in 1613 A.D, this is one of the best preserved monuments of the time.

Fatehpur Sikri

Built by Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D, one of the most extraordinary medieval cities of India, the imperial Fatehpur Sikri is famous for its citadel of grand courts, palaces, mosques and gardens that rivalled the splendours of Delhi and Agra.

Dayal Bagh

It is a pilgrimage site in Agra, which is popular for the memorial of Shiv Dayal Sahib, the founder of the Radha Soami Satsang Movement. He started this religious organisation in 1861, which combines the elements from Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism. The memorial in Dayal Bagh has been built to worship Shiv Dayal Sahib, who was popularly known as Soami Maharaj by his disciples. The 110 feet high memorial is a combination of temple, gurudwara, vihara and mosque. The memorial is made of pure white marble and features numerous pillars and fine pietra dura inlay work on the inner walls. This building has been continuously under construction for the past 100 years.

Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

Built between 1622 and 1628 by Empress Nur Jahan for her father, boasts of marble trellis work and inlaid with-precious stones, this mausoleum on the opposite bank of the Yamuna from the Taj, exhibits a strong Persian influence.

MEHTAB BAGH

This park, originally built by Emperor Babur as the last in a series of 11 parks on the Yamuna’s east bank, long before the Taj was conceived. To protect the Taj from the erosive effects of the sand blown across the river, the park was reconstructed and is now one the best places from which to view Taj Mahal , the great mausoleum.

CHINI KA RAUZA

This Persian-style riverside tomb of Afzal Khan, a poet who served as Shah Jahan’s chief minister, was built between 1628 and 1639. Rarely visited, it is hidden away down a shady avenue of trees on the east bank of the Yamuna.