Agra famous for the magnificent Mausoleum Taj Mahal, dedicated to the eternal love between Emperor Shahjahan and Empress Mumtaz Mahal, is counted as the most romantic city in India. The other tourist attractions places in Agra city are the huge Agra Fort and the red sandstone city made by Emperor Akbar that lies aloof from the mainstream of Agra city.
If you are fond of travelling, your journey starts with a new beginning, as Agra encompasses many other travel destinations in its fold. Not to be missed are Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura, Vrindavan, Khajuraho, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Lucknow, Gwalior and Sikandra. Delhi, the capital city of India is known for its historical monuments marking the Mughal era and the freedom struggle in India. Jaipur, the capital and 'Pink City' of Rajasthan, with its palaces and forts, is the standing testament of the glorious reign of Rajputs in India.
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Hisory of Agra
History of Agra is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Though the history of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich history of Agra. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babur (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj. The post-Mughal era's history of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city. Places to See During Agra Trip
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- Taj Mahal
Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj-Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
- Agra Fort
Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort Is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-E-Am, Diwani-E-Khaas and Musanman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment beside Jahangirs place, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.
- Itmad - Ud - Daula
To the north of the fort and across the river yamuna are several fine examples of mughal architecture. The itmad -ud -daula was build by the empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father
Mirza Ghiyas Beg, is beautifully ornamented with pietra dura inlay and lattice work marble screens.
- Chini Ka Rauza
The tomb of Afzal khan, the persian poet and minister at Shah Jehan's court gets its name from the brightly coloured glazed tiles that decorate it, lies just 1km beyond itmad-ud-daula.
- Sikandra Fort
12km the tomb of Akbar, begun by the emperor himself and completed by his son, Jehangir. This richly decorated structure is a quaint mixture of styles.
Agra is easily accessible from all the parts of India by air.
One can easily reach Agra by rail routes.
Agra has well connected road networks, which are linked to all the major destinations of Uttar Pradesh and