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iXiGOers Dec 08 2012

Which are the famous monuments in Agra?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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There are many places of tourist interest in Agra but most of them can be grouped in one broad category – Monuments. If you think Agra is just about the Taj, you are mistaken. The Taj is undoubtedly the pride of the city, but it has a lot more to offer you with its various beautiful monuments. These monuments talk to you, tell you stories, and make you wonder what would it be like to live a life with such grandeur.

Some of the jaw dropping monuments are:

  • Of course the first one is The Taj MahalAn enchanting mausoleum of white marble standing in pride as an embodiment of love. The Mughal king Shah Jahan built this splendorous tomb in memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This exotic monument is recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world and is one of the three world heritage sites of in the city.

    The Taj Mahal is open from 6 am to 7.30 pm every day except for fridays. The entry fee for foreigners is INR 250 plus levy INR 500 and for Indian citizens INR .20. The best view of the Taj is in the dusk or dawn and especially on the moonlit nights. However it is advisable to reach the place as early as possible to beat the crowd and save a seat for yourself.

    Except for Taj, some of the other monuments in the city are:

  • Buland Darwaza:

    One of the most visited tourist attractions in and around the city of Agra, Buland Darwaza is a grand entrance that was constructed by Akbar to celebrate his victory over the kingdom of Khandesh in Gujarat. This grand structure made of red and buff sandstone is the entrance to the Fatehpur Sikri and easily catches your attention from a long distance. Many of Akbar’s favorite verses from  Koran are inscribed on the grand Darwaza. The 15-storey high gateway guarding the entrance of Fatehpur Sikri in the south has a long fleet of steps that add to the height to the already huge structure.

    The entry to the monument is included with the entry fee charged for the city of Fatehpur Sikri.

  • Itmad Ud Daulah

    Also called the Baby Taj, it was built by Nurjahan (queen of Jehangir) in memory of her father, Mirza Ghias Beg. The tomb is built in white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones. The tomb has strong Persian influence on its architecture along with the very beautiful Indo-Islamic style of buildings. The tomb is laden with beauty through its garden layout, inlay designs, use of white marble, lattice work and pietra dura taking several elements of the Taj Mahal. The entry to the place is free.

    Though, there are no such restrictions for the nearby gardens and construction, you will have to go bare foot inside the main building.

  • Sikandra

    Located 10 km north of Agra, this monument of Agra is a hit among the locals and the visitors alike. It is the tomb of the great Mughal emperor, Akbar, which has an interesting story to tell. It is said that the construction of the tomb was started by Akbar himself but then eventually it was completed by his son, Jehangir. Jehangir changed some of the architectural plans that made the construction confusing as far as the design of the tomb was concerned. Four red sandstone gates lead to the tomb complex. Among those, one is Muslim, one Hindu, one Christian, and the last one is Akbar's patent mixture.

    The attraction is open from sunrise to sunset and the entry to the tomb is free.

  • Chini Ka Roza

    It is another very famous monument in the city located very close to Taj Mahal. It is a memorial/tomb that is dedicated to the Prime Minister of the emperor Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz. The monument of Agra is notable for its dome of blue glazed tiles from which the tomb derives its name. It is a site of marvel for the fans of Mughal and Persian architectural style. The entry to the building is free.

    And these is just a fragment of what the city has to offer to you!! Don’t believe us? Come and see for yourself.

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