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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the top attractions in Agra?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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The historic city of Agra is home to many beautiful monuments and forts that attracts tourists every year to the city. Here nestles the famous monument Taj Mahal which is one among the seven wonders of the world. Built in the passionate love for his queen, emperor Shah Jahan displays this marvel as a symbol of romance and beauty. Agra welcomes all the dreamers dwelling in realm of hope for true love. Given below are the tourist favorite sites in the city that one must visit once in Agra:

  • Taj Mahal

    An 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. However it is advisable to reach the place as early as possible to beat the crowd.   
                                                

  • Agra Fort

    Built by emperor Akbar in the 15th century this majestic monument constructed in red sandstone is another UNESCO world heritage site of the city. The fort has a panoramic view of the Taj Mahal on a clear day, which is located around 3 km away. The entry fee to the fort is INR 50 for Indian nationals and  INR 250 plus a levy of INR 50 (if INR 500 has not already been paid at the Taj) for foreigners.

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Situated around 35 kms away from the city, this huge imperial complex shelters many monuments of immense historical importance, the most important of them being the 'Buland Darwaza', the Gate of Magnificence. It was built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar and was later abandoned by him. This architectural brilliance calls for a short detour away from Agra, but is well worth it! The grand arched doorway of Fatehpur Sikri was built by emperor Akbar to celebrate his triumphant victory over Gujarat. The famous Jama Masjid is also located in Fatehpur Sikri, which was supposedly the first construction inside the complex. Among other monuments in the complex are the Tomb of Salim Chisti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Birbal’s Home etc. 

     

  • Itimād-Ud-Daulah

    This massive tomb in white marble was built by Empress Noor Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyaz Beg. It is often nicknamed as ‘Baby Taj’ because of its resemblance with the Taj Mahal. It is comparatively smaller than the other monuments built by the Mughal rulers, however is a must visit site in Agra.

  • Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra

    The tomb of Akbar the great, Sikandra is located in the city 13 kms away from the Agra Fort. It is a beautifully constructed mausoleum in remembrance of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar.

     

Treat yourself to the glorious past and rich culture of Agra.

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