Located on the banks of River Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, Agra is a popular tourist destination as it is home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Agra is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and 24th most populous city in India. With its long and rich history, it is no wonder that Agra forms part of the popular Golden Triangle Circuit for tourists along with Delhi and Jaipur. It is also a part of the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc including Varanasi and Lucknow. History fanatics and architecture buffs are sure to have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display.
Apart from its monuments, Agra has some exciting stuff for foodies. It is as famous for its Petha (a sweet made from pumpkin and flavoured with rose water and saffron) as it is for the Taj Mahal. Agra is also well known for its marble artefacts which are best bought in the Sadar Bazaar or Kinaari Bazaar area. Agra is mostly visited on a one-day trip from New Delhi or other nearby cities in Uttar Pradesh but is totally worth it. Be prepared to be astounded, amazed, inspired and thrilled. However, be a little cautious about conmen in the guise of unofficial tour guides and fake handicrafts.
Top Attractions in Agra
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is located on the right bank of the Yamuna River in a vast Mughal garden that encompasses nearly 17 hectares, in the Agra District in Uttar Pradesh. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture.
The Red Fort of Agra, also known as Agra Fort, was built in 1573 by Emperor Akbar and is an architectural marvel. It is carved entirely of red sandstone and is situated on the right side of the River Yamuna. The Mughals resided there until 1638, when it became a historical fort. It is 2.5 kilometres away from Taj Mahal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agra Fort, sometimes referred to as Lal-Qila, Fort Rouge, or Qila-i-Akbari, is a landmark of Agra and is so enormous that it is frequently called a walled city. It is a great example of red sandstone construction and Mughal art and architecture.
Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah
The tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah is a Mughal mausoleum and is commonly referred to as the “Baby Taj Mahal”. It frequently seen as a replica of the Taj Mahal. This is the first marble-only tomb to be found in India. For her father Mir Gheyas Beg, afterwards known as Itimad-ud-daulah, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan, Nur Jahan, Jahangir’s wife, commissioned the mausoleum.
The changeover point between the first and second phases of Mughal architecture is marked by the tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah.
Fatehpur Sikri, is located approximately 40 kilometres from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri, a city largely constructed of red sandstone, was established in 1571 by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is essentially a fortified city that the monarch constructed; it served as his empire’s capital for fifteen years. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and among its many well-known buildings are Jodha Bai’s Palace, Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza, and Tomb of Salim Chisti. The Imperial Complex is a collection of pavilions built that was inspired by tent encampments in the Middle East and Central Asia.
accommodation in Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. The best hotel in Agra is inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a five star hotel that offers unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by our warm, personalised hospitality.
Tastefully appointed accommodation, exquisite restaurants serving authentic Mughal and international cuisines, private dining beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and couples spa therapies with Taj Mahal views. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, your experience of Agra will be unforgettable.
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