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TRAVEL - THE HISTORY
220 kilometers from India's capital city of New Delhi, AGRA
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.
offers you one of the seven wonders of the world , the
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.
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.
Some of the major tourist attractions in the Agra city include
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.
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.
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.
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.