‘The city of love’ as it is often called; Agra is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in India. Home to the symbol of love: the Taj Mahal, Agra has always been the center of attraction for tourists. You can visit many places like Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Moti masjid and so on. The majesty and the royal charm dripping through the Agra city attract tourists from all across the world.
However, Taj Mahal is not the only attraction that draws tourists to this stunning city, but there are other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra as well that fascinates tourists. One can find many astonishing forts and tombs in the vicinity of Agra that are a visual treat.
Agra has so much to offer to every visitor. From romantic strolls in the Mehtab Bagh glaring at the stunning Taj Mahal to learning about Mughal architectural styles from the numerous large forts and attractions, a trip to Agra is sure to satisfy all your travel hunger.
HOW TO REACH –
To travel to the gorgeous city of Agra, travelers can take a flight to New Delhi from anywhere in the world. The New Delhi Airport which is approximately 220Kms from Agra serves as the nearest international airport to the city. Agra is well connected road Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow, and Kanpur. The most comfortable way to cover this distance is to hire a private chauffeur-driven cab. Agra is also easily accessible by railway networks. The city is well connected with major cities.
BEST TIME TO VISIT –
The best time to visit Agra is the winter season, beginning from October to March. The pleasant weather and cool breezes makes the sightseeing tour comfy and an extremely enjoyable experience. The summer season and Monsoon seasons are the least favorable time to visit. Agra faces a hot and humid summer and monsoon season as the rest of the north India and makes it tough for the tourists to completely enjoy the sightseeing trip.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS –
Agra is home to many stunning monuments that are worth visiting at least once in your life. Some of the main attractions in Agra are:-
“Not a piece of architecture as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” – Sir Edwin Arnold
Where better to go for a romantic holiday than to the greatest epitome of love, the Taj Mahal. The monument was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in grief of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahal’s unparalleled beauty explains. Why it is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tourists can enjoy a stroll in the Mehtab Gardens in the Taj Mahal complex and relish in the exquisite beauty of the place.
The Muslim community of Agra offer prayer at the mosque in Taj Mahal every Friday. Avoid visiting Taj Mahal on Fridays. it is closed for tourists.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Agra Fort is one the finest places to visit in Agra. As the Agra fort once used to serve as the home to the great Mughal ruler; Akbar, the construction exhibits the keen eye of the ruler for art and architecture.
Much known for its grand size, the most impressive aspect of the monument is the majestic gates. The art, culture and history of the bygone era are clearly visible as you walk through the magnanimous fort.
The Agra fort is open for tourists to visit every day from 6Am to 6Pm. The sunrays falling on the red sandstone monument makes the sunrise and sunset views even more stunning and is a must to experience.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra. Fatehpur Sikri is an extremely beautiful city planned by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1571. The city is situated some 40Kms from the main city of Agra.
The capital of the Mughal kingdom, marked by magnificent palaces, public buildings, mosques and residential areas for the court and army. The name of the city is derived from the village called Sikri which occupied the spot before. But now called fatehpur sikri.
The complex includes many beautiful edifices that exhibit a combination of Indian and Islamic styles, making the grand monuments of Fatehpur Sikri look even more astonishing. The carvings, gorgeously planned structures, and the general aura around the walled city are sure to leave you spellbound.
Some of the important monuments in the Fatehpur Sikri complex that you should not miss are the Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Palace of Jodha Bai, and Diwan-i-Khas.
The monument complex is open for tourist to visit every day from sunrise to sunset that is from 6Am to 6Pm.
The tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah is another architectural marvel in Agra. Taj Mahal architecture is popularly called as the ‘Baby Taj’.
Commissioned by the Mughal emperor; Jahangir, the tomb is a smaller replica of Taj Mahal in terms of architectural style, as it was also built with marble and decorated with Persian motifs of wine vases, flowers, and trees.
The monument is open for visiting everyday from Sunrise to Sunset.
Another beautiful monument in Agra that is definitely worth visiting is the Tomb of Akbar the Great. Built-in 1613 by Jahangir, the monument houses the real tomb of Akbar in a small underground room.
The tomb is built in red sandstone includes gorgeously done marble designs also. The decorated ceilings of the monument with some exquisite marble designs and mystical calligraphy.
The gates around the tomb also showcase intricate white marble designs. Which add to the overall majestic appeal of the edifice.
One can visit the monument anytime between 6Am to 6Pm. The monument is open daily for visitors.
The perfect amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, the Moti Masjid is one of the best places to visit in Agra. The mosque known as the ‘Pearl Mosque’. Its delicate designs and architecture on shining white marble. Which give it the look of pearls.
One of the “Pearl Mosques”, is a 17th-century religious building located inside the Lahore Fort, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Moti Masjid building builds by Mughal emperor Jahangir and modified by the architects of Shah Jahan. Moti Masjid mosque is located on the western side of Lahore Fort, closer to Alamgiri Gate, the main entrance.
The mosque stands on a slope which is another reason that attracts the tourists to visit. The Moti Masjid is open for tourists to visit between 6 Am to 6 Pm every day.
Made in the typical Mughal style of architecture, with white marble and red sandstone and delicately adorned with Persian inscriptions, Jama Masjid is another wonder in the city of Agra.
The Jama Mosque is the largest mosque in Agra. Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1648. The structure is dedicated to Shah Jahan’s daughter Jahanara Begum. The Mosque is situated right across Agra Fort.
Tourists can visit the mosque any day between 5Am to 9Pm.
With some of the most stupendous design marvels in its laps, the city of Agra is indeed a perfect place to enjoy a vacation. The city of Agra is the best choice to learn about the rich history and culture of the Mughal kingship in India. Whether you are on a romantic trip, or just exploring to learn about art and history of the ancient era, Agra is sure to offer something for each kind of trip.
Aside from many beautiful edifices, Agra is also famous the delicious Mughlai food. Tourists must relish some of the delicacies of the cuisine in Agra. Apart from the Mughlai food, another delicacy of Agra that is most liked is the famous Petha. One can find the sweet dish in the sweet shops and restaurants all across the city. Don’t forget to get it packed for your friends and family back at home.
So what are you still thinking? Pack your bags and plan a trip to the most gorgeous town of Agra and relish in the awe inspiring marvels of the world.