'The city of Taj' or a city that is engraved with a memento of love in the form of Taj Mahal is the quintessence of Agra with many other monuments educed since the time of Mughals. A city crested with three monuments in its udder, Agra is blotched with red bricks and white marble silhouetted with its architectural marvel against the backdrop of rippling waters of Yamuna. A city of paramount importance in the cultural history of India, Agra was parturied by Muslim Moguls during the era of Mughals. Till date Agra is iniridiscent picture of a Mughal reminiscent. Annually, thousands of tourist flock to this erstwhile Mughal city of Agra, the home of Taj Mahal. With its straightforward lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewelery, Agra is amongst the most remarkable city of the world.
Agra- The heartthrob of India
As Agra pulsates with architectures that reminds us of Mughal's love for architecture, the Taj is Agra's insignia, the city has secured an international position for Agra on the world map. A fling in private with these monuments imports the grandeur and grace from the era bygone. Relive the Mughal spirit just once more on your vacation this time.
Taj Mahal- An endowment of love : The Taj is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings of the world. Renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, it counts among man's proudest creations and is invariably included in the list of the world's foremost wonders. The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Shahjahan- the fifth Mughal emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is more than 350 years and still has its romantic aura intact, which attracts millions of visitors from all part of the world.
Agra Fort-An opulent signature : Constructed by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, Agra fort is a magnum opus, known to the world for its outstanding design and architecture. Within the fort are a number of majestic buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-E-Am, Diwani-E-Khaas and Musanman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died while in imprisonment. The fort is crescent-shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. An imposing 22mt. high inner wall imparts a feeling of invincible defensive construction. The route through the Amar Singh gate is dog-legged. The layout of the fort was determined by the course of the river, which in those days flowed alongside. The main axis is parallel to the river and the walls bridge out towards the city.
Jahangiri Mahal: As one enters through the Amar Singh Gate, the first notable building that the visitor sees on his right hand is Jahangiri Mahal. It was built by Akbar as women's quarters and is the only building that survives among his original palace buildings. This elegant, double storied palace reflects a strong Hindu influence with protruding balconies and domed chhatries.
Anguri Bagh: These formal, 85m square, geometric gardens lie to the left of the fort. During Shah Jahan's time the beauty of the gardens was considerably enhanced by decorative flower beds.
Fatehpur Sikri: No town like Fateh Pur Sikri was ever erected before or can be erected again. This magnificent town once the capital of Mughal Empire still stands majestically, almost untouched by the passage of time.
Jama Masjid: In the close proximity of the Royal Palace is the Jami Masjid, the sacred section of the Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1572 AD, this is one of the largest mosques of India. Inside the mosque is the vast congregational courtyard.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb: It is called as Baby Taj as Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb was built by Empress Nur Jehan or her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. Many designs and elements that lay here presages the Taj Mahal.
Chini Ka Rauza : A marvellous tomb remarked for its glazed tiles dedicated to the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz.
Soami Bagh Samadh : The Soami Bagh Samadh is the mausoleum of Huzur Soamiji Maharaj (Shri Shiv Dayal Singh) in the Dayalbagh section in the outskirts of Agra and interestingly it is also seen as a architecture with an unmatched brilliance. The samadh is carved with various stone colour and is under construction from 1908.
Sikandra (Akbar's tomb) : A shrine that holds Akbar's soul it lies at a distance of 13 kms from Agra. A behemothic wonderfully carved red-ochre sand stone structure sprawls across the lush green garden. Akbar planned his tomb himself and also pointed out site for his graveyard.
- The city of Taj Mahal Agra is well accessible by all means of transport like air, rail and road. On the air circuit Agra is connected to other parts of India through Agra Airport and has its rail head at Agra Cantonment. The Idgah Bus Stand is the right place that you have arrived at if you plan to see Agra on bus.
- Tourist Office- UP tourist office, 64 Taj Road Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- No season is deterrent in touring Agra but the best time and season to catch a glimpse of shining Taj is during October to March.