India is very beautiful country and what makes it unique is the sheer elegance in its architecture, culture, heritage and tradition. When we are talking about architecture and heritage the Mughals were patrons of excellent architecture and art. And Agra is one such place in Uttar Pradesh where you can see the wonderful monuments and admire the style and elegance.
Top 5 Tourist Attractions in and around Agra
Here are top five attractions in Agra which you must definitely visit. The beautiful architecture and grandeur is sure to amaze you. And it will be an experience of a lifetime.
.1. Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is definitely of the major places to visit in Agra. One cannot talk of Agra without mentioning Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This pristine white marble beauty stands as a monument of love which the emperor built for his wife. Renowned as one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj stands true to its name the crown of Palaces and is a remarkable evidence of Mughal architecture. Taj Mahal which has also been declared as a World Heritage Site in the year in 1983, has not only stood the test of time but also made its name everlasting just as the desire of the one who perceived it. Seeing the majestic beauty of the Taj on the night of full moon day is not only a feast to your eyes and senses but also a unique experience in itself.
2. The Agra Fort
Situated near the gardens of the Taj Mahal and also known as the Red Fort of Agra, this fortress comprises of palaces like, Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal and so on. The Agra fort has audience halls and also two mosques. The entire fortress will leave you awe inspired and incapable of forgetting this symbol of Mughal grandeur. In the Agra Fort, Employee Shah Jahan was held prisoner by his own son Aurangazeb. Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal spent his last days here gazing at the everlasting monument he made for his beloved wife.
- Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri ,a small city near Agra was built by Emperor Akbar in 1570 as his new capital.It was built as a tribute to a Sufi Saint. Built with red sandstones, the monument is a great combination of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 long years. The monumental complex includes the Buland Darwaza, Birbal’s House, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, an artificial lake. Fatehpur Shikri which means ‘ City Of Victory’ was later abandoned due to water shortage and other issues. With all its important construction this places represent the excellent craftsmanship, planning and excellent designing of the Mughals and as such it was declared as a World Heritage Site in 1983.
It is India’s first tomb made entirely out of marble. Itmad-Ud-Daulah was the title bestowed upon Mirza Ghiyas which signifies ‘Pillar of the Empire’. The tomb is a 21-meter high tomb constructed in the reign of Emperor Jahangir by his wife Nur Jahan as a memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas. Situated on The Jamuna river situated just outside Agra has its own architectural beauty and significance. It incorporates Persian and Islamic architectural style. The wall paintings are also a blissful beauty to watch.
5. Wildlife SOS
This place stands as a glowing example for all to understand the necessity of maintaining the balance the world needs and how important it is to make it a better living place for all creatures. Wildlife SOS is a voluntary organization that strives for the welfare of animals in India.Once you visit you can become aware of the various projects undertaken by the organization to preserve and protect the natural heritage and wildlife wealth of India. The experience will be quite inspiring and knowledgeable.
Plan your Agra trip in such a way that it helps you visit these historic places that are a treat both for your knowledge and pleasure.
Guest Post by Anirudh Singh