Every year millions of tourists travel Agra for one and only one reason, The Taj Mahal. However Agra is not all about Taj Mahal, the city offers plenty of other places to visit to the tourists. Agra is an important tourist town in Uttar Pradesh around 200km from Delhi. Agra is part of the famous Golden Triangle tour along with Delhi and Jaipur.
Traditionally start their Indian adventure from Delhi then travel to Agra followed by Jaipur. This tour is called Golden Triangle. However domestic tourists prefers to visit Agra directly.
Agra has a glorious past. The city once served as the capital of Mughal Empire. Today tourists can see the impact of Mughal Empire on Agra through several attractions like Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
For foreign tourists a trip to India can never complete without traveling to Agra. Its almost impossible to tour all attractions in Agra in one day. Tourists should plan at least 3-4 days trip of Agra to see what this wonderful city has to offer. There are plenty of hotels in Agra to accommodate tourists.
Taj Mahal - The
main tourist attraction of Agra is Taj Mahal - The monument of love. Mughal
Emperor Shahjahan built Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The
splendid beauty of Taj enchants tourists from all over the world. The monument
is built from White Marble. It took 20 years to build Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal
remains closed on Friday. Tourists are not allowed to carry mobile, food,
cameras inside the Taj Mahal complex.
Agra Fort - The Agra Fort is quite similar to Red Fort in Delhi. However this fort is better preserved. Agra Fort once served as the home to Emperor Akbar. The fort offers a very beautiful view of the Taj Mahal on clear sunny day. There are guided tours available in English, Hindi, French and German language.
Fatehpur Sikri - The Fatehpur Sikri is located around 35km from Agra. The city was built by the Akbar. The Mughal King wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarter but due to lack of water he later shifted to the Agra Fort. The prime attraction of Fatehpur Sikri is Buland Darwaza. The 53 meter high and 35 meters wide darwaza was built by the Emperor Akbar to commemorate his victory over Gujarat.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb - Often referred as the baby tomb, this tomb was built by the Empress Nur Jahan for her father. The use of white marble and Mughal gardens are some of the similarities between Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb and Taj Mahal.
Mariam's Tomb - The tomb was built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in memory of his Christian mother, Mariam Zammani. The grave is made of White Marble. The tomb has not been maintained well, despite that its well worth the visit.
Akbar's Tomb - The final resting place of Akbar is in Sikandara, some 13km from Agra Fort. The Mughal King himself started the construction of the tomb however it was completed by his son Jahangir. The tomb lies in the center of large beautiful garden.
Ram Bagh - Ram Bagh is the first garden built by the Mughal Emperors. The garden was constructed by the Babar.
Mankameshwar Temple - The temple is dedicated to Hindu god Lord Shiva. This is one of the four ancient temples in Agra located on the four corners of Agra.