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Agra

Mughal influence and legendary history and culture of Agra
Located in Uttar Pradesh, Agra is a historic city which speaks for its legendary emperors, architecture and the culture. Mughal influence in Agra is accentuated in the marvelous buildings of Agra. Agra was the capital city of the Mughals during the 1526 to 1658. Here you can make a visit to the breathtaking and awe inspiring Taj Mahal which is an amazingly beautiful Mughal-era building. Another two important master pieces of artwork of the Mughal’s era are the Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī. Along with the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Making a visit to Agra will help you in learning the history of the Mughal period. A memorable holiday, Agra offers.

The history and culture of Agra:
The history of Agra is interesting and the influence of the legends makes it an amazing place to make a visit. The evidences of the historic past of Agra in the form of the mighty monuments add he extra charm to the beauty of this epic city. There is a mention of Agra in the Mahabharata and then it was Agravana. Agra was also known as Arya Griha, which means the home of Aryas. The connections of Agra with the Mughals added richness to its history and culture. The Taj Mahal stands as an true example of love and it was built by Shahjahan in the memory of beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the best architectural artwork of the Mughals.

Things to see in Agra:
There are amazing buildings and gardens in Agra which attract the tourists from all across the world. Here we have mentioned some:

Taj Mahal:
The mesmerizing building famous its Mughal architecture and beauty is the Taj Mahal. Shahjahan built it in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal after her death. The beauty of Taj Mahal is matchless and it is an epitome of beauty and artwork. Each year several Indian as well as foreign tourists make a visit here in order to enjoy and rejoice the architecture and beauty of this monument.

Mehtab Bagh:
Emperor Babur made some eleven parks in the bank of river Yamuna and Mehtab Bagh was the last bagh he could make. This is a beautiful garden with amazing plants and flowers. From this garden one can easily take a view of the Taj Mahal. It is open for tourists and you should not miss it during your visit to Agra.

 Agra Fort:
The Agra fort is one of the finest forts that the Mughals built in India. It is made up of res sand stone and it is located on the bank of river Yamuna. The construction of the Agra fort was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565 but somehow he couldn’t finish it up. So, Shahjahan continued the work on this fort and converted it into a beautiful Palace and he used white marbles for the construction. Later, Shahjahan was prisoned by his son Aurangzeb in this fort for eight years.

Samadhi Swamiji Maharaj Bagh:
Commonly known as the Swami Bagh, it is a beautiful and tranquil place which is the place where there is a house of Sri Shiv Dayal Singh Seth who is the founder of the Radhasoami Faith. There are many paintings, pictures and literature displayed. There are places arranged for visitors where they can relax or meditate. The architecture of this place is interesting and alluring.

Chini-Ka-Rauza:
It is a beautiful tomb of poet Afzal Khan. The Persian-style architecture of this tomb is intriguing and it was built in between 1628 and 1639.  Not many tourists know about this ravishing place which speaks out its architectural beauty and allure. The designs, artwork and the details of the place are awe inspiring.

Fatehpūr Sikrī:
Mughal emperor "Akbar the great" built Fatehpūr shikra at a distance of 35 Km from the main Agra city. He moved his capital from Agra to Fatehpūr Sikhri and later abandoned the place and returned back to Agra. Buland Darwaza was built in this place to mark the Victory of Akbar over Gujrat.

I'timād-Ud-Daulah

The Mughal empress Nur Jahan in remembrance of his father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg built the I'timād-Ud-Daulah. It is popularly called as Baby Taj Mahal and located in the left bank of the river Yamuna. Semi Precious stone decoration is made on the walls of I'timād-Ud-Daulah.

Mankameshwar Temple

There are four ancient temples located in the four different corners of the city of Agra. All these four temples are of Lord Shiva. One of the four temples is Mankameshwar Temple located at a distance of 2.5 km from the Taj Mahal. This temple is very near to Jama Masjid

Jamā Masjid

It is located just opposite to Agra fort and popular for being one of the largest mosques of India. Every Friday more than thousands of people join the Namaz. In 1648 Shah Jahan built this mosque and dedicated the same to his beloved daughter Jahanara Begum. It is a huge sized mosque in the city of Agra and made of Red stone.

Things to buy in Agra:

When you visit Agra dont forget to collect the replica of Taj Mahal for your home. It comes in various different sizes and manufactured in the same fashion as the original Taj Mahal was built. Leather items of Agra are too very popular. Zari embroidery saree of Agra is a must item to buy.

If you are true lover of sweet and salt taste then for you it is must to collect Petha a typical sweet of Agra and Dalmoth, a salty item. These 2 items are called the delicacies of Agra.

 

 

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Planning to go this place via Indian Rail?

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