Agra – Taj Nagari
Location: Uttar Pradesh India.
Famous for: Taj Mahal and other monuments
A monumental city lies in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is a major tourist destination throughout the world. Agra-India, the city of the eternal monument the Taj Mahal, a perpetual cenotaph of love, represents the finest specimen of Mughal architecture. The cities were in its full swing during the reign of Emperor Shah Jhan who was a builder of Agra Fort and the marvel of love, the magnificent Taj. Bequeathed with the finest specimen of Mughal architecture the Fatehpur Sikri the gratifying capital built by Emperor Akbar also lies near Agra.
Attractions of the City
Taj Mahal is also known as the 7th wonder of the world was built by Emperor Shahjahan as a gift of love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is a prodigy of splendor made in the white marble. The Taj is an elevated emblem of devotion and love in the world of hostilities and abhorrence. Agra Red Fort another gigantic bastion created out of red sandstone was built by Akbar. A portion of the fort was equipped with military forces and the rest portion was used as a palace by Shah Jahan. Another site to be visited is Itmad-ud-daulah’s the mausoleum has dazzling designs and carving with ethereal creative expertise and it was contrived by Ghias-ud-Din, the father of Nur Jahan.
Attractions around the city
Once the capital of Emperor Akbar lies 37km. from Agra. Agra and Fatehpur Sikri are an affluent legacy of the Mughal regime. Due to a shortage of water in the city, it was deserted after only fifteen years and the capital was relocated back to Agra. To date, the beauty of Fatehpur Sikri stands with dignity well conserved.
4km from Agra is the monolith of Akbar is a perfect blend of Hindu, Islamic architecture.
Jama Masjid Or Jami Masjid
The Masjid was built by Shah Jahan in 1648, At the entrance of the mosque, it is engraved that it was built by Jahanara Begum. She was the favorite daughter of Shah Jahan and was imprisoned by her brother along with her father.
35km from Agra is the majestic ruins of the Mughal city. When Babur came to India he laid the first Mughal gardens 500 m North of the Chini Ka Rauza.
The birthplace of Lord Krishna is one of the religious Hindu pilgrimages, 58km from Agra.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
At a distance of 54 km. The sanctuary covers an area of 29 km, is famous for its magnificent migratory birds, Siberian Cranes.
Agra is known for its craftsmen & handicrafts, marble, and soft stone inlay work, carpet, and leather goods. The city is also famous for its miniature replicas of the Taj. The main Shopping market is the Taj Mahal complex, Kinari Bazaar, Raja Mandi, and Sadar Bazaar. Another foremost attraction of Agra is ‘Petha’a mouth-watering sweet dish.
Air: It is well connected with all the major parts of the country. Convenient airports from Bombay are Jaipur (174 km) and Delhi (182 km) since there are no direct flights to Agra from Bombay.
Rail: Agra is between the Delhi Mumbai broad-gauge railway line. Palace on Wheel a luxurious train also covers Agra.
Road: Agra is connected to Delhi, Rajasthan and other cities of Uttar Pradesh by an excellent bus service. Within the city, one can move around by the local transport that comprises of cycle rickshaws, tongas, and taxis.