Top 10 Famous Places to Visit in Agra
Agra, India’s the most lovable destination with a regal touch of Mughal architectural styles. In whole India, Agra is the one and only place to witness the beauty of Mughal architectural styles. Every monument and edifice in Agra, explains us the beginning and ending era of Mughals. Simply, Agra is an architect marvel city where you can find India’s the best architectural attractions.
Here is the list of top 10 places you have to visit in Agra.
1. Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, the marble wonder of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world. Such a huge popularity and crazy owned by the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is a beautiful marble architectural marvel with the perfect blend of Mughal and Persian styles. Shah Jahan’s love towards Mumtaz made Taj Mahal stand in Agra and made the whole world to talk about it.
The exteriors and interiors of the Taj Mahal with intricate designs and inscriptions of the Holy Quran are the best popular architectural styles. And the green garden nestled around the Taj Mahal and a museum in the complex are the major tourist attractions of Taj Mahal. Always try to visit Taj Mahal during the sunrise or sunset times. During these times, the glory and charm of the Taj Mahal will be doubled and looks very attractive to see. You can explore Taj Mahal while traveling through the Palace on Wheels. On Day 7, the luxury train reach Agra.
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2. Agra Fort
Popularly known as the Red Fort of Agra or Lal Qila etc many synonymous names was awarded to this Fort due to its unique architectural styles. The Great Mughal Emperor Akbar built this fort for military purpose. Later it was converted into a Fort. Agra Fort is another architect marvel which was completely built with Red sandstone.
This magnificent Fort houses numerous Palaces, large audience halls, mosques, etc. The major attractions of this Fort are Jahangir Palace, Khas Palace, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam, Moti Masjid, and Nagina Masjid. All these structures of Agra Fort are known for exquisite architectural styles of Mughals. The way of construction of the entry gates of this fort portraits the tackling ideas of Mughals.
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3. Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb
India’s the first mausoleum is the Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb which was completely built with marble and the architectural styles of this tomb are closer to the Taj Mahal. Due to this reason, this monument is known as “Baby Taj”. The interiors and the elaborate carvings of this tomb resemble Taj Mahal. Actually, this tomb was dedicated to Mir Gheyas Beg.
The architectural styles of this monument take you back to the bygone era of Mughal. And the beautifully laid gardens covered around the Tomb is a great attraction. The best part of this tomb is the jail screens which made the tomb to be filled with light naturally.
4. Sikandra Fort
Sikandra Fort is another famous red sandstone edifice in Agra. This fort houses the great emperor Akbar’s Tomb. Sikandra Fort is a perfect amalgamation of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Akbar built this Fort according to his interest in architecture. The massive complex of this fort exhibits elegant architectural styles.
The major attraction of this fort is the gardens around the Fort. The total fort was completely covered by gardens and running water channels to the fountains and the paved pathways attract visitors to see this architectural marvel.
5. Akbar’s Tomb
Akbar’s Tomb is an architectural marvel in the grounds of Sikandra. An interesting thing about this monument is, this tomb’s construction was started when Akbar is alive. Later, it was completed by his son Jahangir. Akbar’s Tomb is the first tomb which was built when the king is alive.
The architectural styles of this monument stand for rich craftsmanship. The intricate designs, calligraphic designs and some elegant architectural styles in various shapes are the best-known architectural attractions of this tomb.
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6. Mehtab Bagh
Mehtab Bagh is a picturesque garden located opposite to the Taj Mahal on the banks of Yamuna river. In whole Agra, the best place for nature’s treat is Mehtab Bagh. This garden is designed in quadrilateral shape with exact paves between the tree lines. Shah Jahan wanted to build a garden like this near the river. Later in the reign of Babur, this beautiful garden was laid.
This garden is home to numerous species trees, water pools, pavilions, walkways, and etc a lot. Taj Mahal view from this garden in between the greenery looks very attractive and impressive. For photographers to take snaps of Taj Mahal in different angles with beautiful backgrounds, Mehtab Bagh is the best spot.
7. Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is a historic city which was once the capital of Mughals. This entire city was built by Akbar. This city in Agra hosts many architect marvel pieces like palaces, mosques, forts, and different historical monuments. Due to its historical significance and architectural attractions, this place was recognized as UNESCO Heritage Site.
What to see in this city is Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal, Birbal Bhawan, etc. Every monument and construction in Fatehpur Sikri exhibits exquisite architectural styles of Hindu and Islamic styles. Fatehpur Sikri is the best place for history buffs to know about the rule of Akbar.
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8. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques built by Mughals in India. This mosque was built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Jama Masjid was built by different colored sand stones which were gifted to the construction of the mosque. But the dominant red sandstone and marble work of the mosque attracts everyone attention towards them.
The interiors of the mosque with intricate designs and Persian inscriptions are known for exquisite architectural styles. The tomb of Salim Chisti is the best part of the mosque complex. 25,000 people can follow namaz at this mosque at a time. A visit to this mosque on Fridays is a worth for special prayers.
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9. Anguri Bagh
Another important garden shouldn’t miss in Agra is the “Anguri Bagh” means Grapes Garden. This garden was built by Shah Jahan for privacy to get relax for sometime. Garden surrounded by the Palace with leisure rooms is the great attraction of this garden. And this garden is also home for royal women to enjoy the pleasantness and tranquility of garden surroundings.
The premises of the garden with undisputed marble work and marvelous paintings on the marbles, beautiful courtyard, and fountains etc are the attractive things of Anguri Bagh. After Mehatb Bagh, Anguri Bagh is the best one in Agra to visit.
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10. Wildlife SOS
Great gesture by a group of people to preserve the Wildlife SOS. It was started in the year 1995 mainly to protect the dancing bears from poachers. After that their services were elongated by preserving elephants, leopards, tigers, reptiles and many endangered animals.
This wildlife preserve program is running with the help of funds from the people. In Agra, this place is the best one to spend some time with animals. At this place, documentaries will also be displayed on sloth bears and rescuing animals. Wildlife SOS is the must visit place in Agra to get know about the miseries of animals.
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