Taj Mahal, Agra

Visit to Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal

 The well-known Agra for Taj Mahal

Agra is a City in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India, which is famous for historical monuments and it is on the banks of river Yamuna. The iconic Taj Mahal made up of white marble is World famous monument. (A namesake is Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai). Lucknow is the state capital of Uttar Pradesh.


Golden Triangle Map, India

Agra being a World famous Tourist Place is well connected by Air, Train, and Road. Delhi-Agra-Jaipur (also called as Golden Triangle tourist circuit) is a famous tour of three Cities when you visit North India. It is one of the main cities in India to see the signs of Mughal Empire. You have a lot of choice of Hotels to stay in these Cities from a cheap lodge or a youth hostel to Royal and Luxurious palaces.

The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983, which was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The 42-acre complex has this ivory white marble mausoleum along with a mosque, a guest house, and a lush green Mughal garden. The construction involved more than 20,000 artisans & was complete in 1653. The large Tomb is the main focus of the construction. The four minarets (each is more than 40 metres tall) are surrounding the central structure. Around 7 to 8 million visitors visit this place every year.

Agra Fort

 
Agra Fort - India








Agra Fort is another fort made up of Red sandstone (similar to Red fort in Delhi). This was the former residence of Mughal emperors. This is also a part of UNESCO World heritage sites since 1983. The fort is on 94-acres of land in a semi-circular shape. The fort has 4 gates and Delhi Gate is the masterpiece of all gates. The history of the fort is very confusing but it is an important Architectural structure and a must visit during the Agra tour.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid (Jama Mosque) is opposite to Agra fort, again built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. It is one of the largest mosques in India and built using red sandstone. There are more Mosques and more gardens to explore in this City.

Fatehpur Sikri

 
Buland Darwaza, Agra

 

 

 

 

Fatehpur Sikri built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570 as a tribute to the Sufi Saint. It’s a blend of Indian, Persian and Islamic Architecture and built using red sandstone like all other historical monuments in this area. This is another World Heritage site since 1986. For about 10 years, this City has served as the Capital of Mughal Empire. The palace of Mughal queen Jodhabai, Diwan-I-Khas are other places to visit within this City.

Buland Darwaza (Buland Gate) is definitely an architectural marvel of 54 meters to see and capture in your camera. This huge gate is during the Emperor Akbar’s regime to celebrate his victory over Gujarat.


Petha’ is a famous sweet of Agra and one should definitely taste different type of Petha from some good sweets shop. There are multiple street markets in the City to explore. The entire visit of North India is full of places related to history, kings and queens, emperors and love and wars. You can easily get confused with so many monuments, buildings and places with similar names. The main part of touring in India is visiting the historical places in India along with Temples and Mosques and enjoying the architecture. We keep wondering how they must have built these huge structures without today’s earth moving machinery!

Know about Delhi