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About Agra

World over the name of Agra has become synonymous with that of the Taj Mahal, a symbol of Emperor Shah Jahan's undying love for his wife and a monument clothed more in poetry and splendor than in marble.

The Taj no doubt is the prime attraction in Agra. Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, it rises in marble and shimmers on full-moon nights. Raised on a 313 square feet marble platform, it is a synthesis of pillars, minarets and domes, carved and bejeweled, decorated and engraved with intricate designs and religious transcriptions. People travel from all over the world to bask in the magnificence of this monument that has defied time and age as it continues to astound all that have the good fortune of watching it in contemplative silence.

However, Agra offers much more than just the Taj Mahal. Alternating with Delhi as the capital of the Mughul Empire, it is scattered with monuments testifying to the days of their glory. Chief amongst these is Agra Fort which contains within its premises the Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls), Nagina Mahal (Palace of Gems), Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and Khus Mahal; Akbar's Fort at Sikandra that exemplifies a merging of different architectural styles; Itmad-ud-Daula's tomb, precursor to the Taj Mahal and Chini-Ka-Rauza (China Tomb), a Persian style glazed tile tomb dedicated to the memory of Afzal Khan, prime minister in the court of Akbar.

In addition to these monuments, Agra is also home to a number of resplendent gardens like the Dyal Bagh, Soami Bagh and Rambagh, with the former providing designs of intricate pietra dura work in marble inlay.

As far as shopping is concerned, visitors usually enjoy buying souvenirs of miniature Taj Mahals to take home as reminders of the monument's beauty. In addition one also has a choice of rugs, leatherware, gems, ethnic handicrafts and jewelry. Agra is famous for leather goods, shoes and slippers in particular, which can be found in a range of prices and styles.

For those interested in spicy food, the city offers an interesting array of the local street-food, chaat and potato tikkis that people find delectable. Another specialty of the city is peetha, a treated and sweetened version of gourd that is particular to Agra.

Those who visit the city usually move on to a number of adjoining sites like the Bharatpur bird sanctuary, Mathura and Fatehpur Sikri. The Sikri was actually built as a capital for the Mughul Empire by Akbar, but was abandoned due to water scarcity. It includes the Buland Darwaza, Jodhabai's Palace,Birbal Bhavan, Hawa Mahal, and the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, where quawwalis or devotional songs of Sufi mysticism are performed each Friday. The Fatehpur Sikri is a huge tourist attraction and all who come as far as Agra extend themselves to visit this site.

A journey to the city of Agra is essentially a pilgrimage to love. What makes the pilgrimage more diversified is the phenomenal aesthetic, historical and cultural value that comprise integral parts of the experience. Visit it, and as you stand in the shadow of the magnificent Taj, lift up your eyes in wonder at what man and emotion can create together.

 

Tourist Places In Agra

The sight of a white marble mausoleum, raised on a platform and graced by 4 minarets on each corner, reflected in the watercourse that runs through the ornamental gardens is an unrivaled tourist attraction in Agra. Taj Mahal, a symbol of undying love, has been summed up by Ghalib, the famous Urdu poet, as a rebuff of an ordinary man's love for his beloved, in whose memory he cannot build a monument of such magnificence.

Taj Mahal is a major tourist attraction in Agra, and is open to all even on full moon nights, so that you can take your beloved by the hand and walk down the gardens as moon and its entourage of stars light your path on your tour to Agra under the North India Trips package arranged by Adventure Tours of India. Besides Taj Mahal, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Agra that will keep your hands full on your tour to Agra.

The Agra Fort is another major tourist attraction in Agra. It is popular with tourists as a towering fort as well as for the many palaces and mosques build within its premises by Jahangir and Shah Jahan, after Emperor Akbar began its construction in 1565. Some of the prominent mosques within Agra's Red Fort include the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) and Nagina Masjid (Gem Mosque). Upgraded as a palace under Shah Jahan's reign, Agra Fort is famous for Jahangir's Palace, Khas Mahal and Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace). Other places to see at this tourist attraction Agra include Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Am, Ladies' Bazaar, Amar Singh Gate and Musamman Burj.

Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, built by empress Nur Jahan (Jahangir's wife) in memory of her father, wazir in the Mughal Emperor's court is another tourist attraction Agra that you can visit on your tour to Agra. Built from 1622 to 1628, the tomb makes use of pietra dura (the delicate marble work) that was later to become the hallmark of Taj Mahal.

Jama Masjid, located near Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb. Built by Shah Jahan in 1648 in the name of his daughter Jahanara, Jama Masjid is a distinct mosque for its minaret-less courts. Akbar's mausoleum, built of red sandstone and marble, combines the motifs and styles of Hindu, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian architecture. Supervised by Akbar himself, it is a must see on your tour of tourist attractions in Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri a ghost city 37 km from Agra. The site is founded by Akbar the great, who at 26 years did not have a heir. He went to a saint, Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a city called Sikri. His blessing gave Akbar 3 sons. As a gesture, Akbar built a whole new city in Sikri.

The Persian styled Mughal Gardens of Ram Bagh, Dayal Bagh and Soami Bagh are other tourist attractions in Agra that you can visit on your tour to Agra under the North India Trips package offered by Adventure Tours of India. Excursions to nearby tourist attractions such as Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura, Patna Bird Sanctuary and Sur Sarovar are popular diversions on your tour of tourist attractions in Agra.
 

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