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What to do in Agra

After first setting foot in the crowded and colourful city of Agra you may feel lost and wonder what to do in Agra in such a limited span of time. There are lots of things to do if you have planned your visit systematically. Though many tourists visit Agra to only see the Taj Mahal, but there are many other tourist attractions in the city which have a unique historical identity. The Taj Mahal is situated on the bank of Yamuna. The construction of Taj Mahal was done by using high quality white marble. Shahajahan built this grand mausoleum in the memory of his dear wife, Mumtaz Mahal after her death. The construction of Taj started in 1631 and completed in 1653. About 20,000 people were working continually for 22 years to translate the emperor's dream into reality. It is an enormous monument built for the sake of love. It is also known as the 'Symbol of Love'. The main architect of this timeless architecture was Isa Khan who was brought from Iran. But the tragic side of this story is Shahajahan was cruelly imprisoned in the Agra Fort by his son Aurangzeb and spent his rest of life looking at Taj Mahal across the Yamuna river

There can never be a dull moment in this city, and you will never wonder what to do in Agra? Agra Fort is one of the grand heritages of the Agra city. It was built by the three greatest Mughal emperors of India. The construction was started by Akbar in 1565 and completed at the time of his grand son Shahajahan. Agra Fort houses Jahngiri Mahal built for Jodhabai - the Hindu Queen of Akbar. The Diwan-e Aam, the Diwan-e-khas, the Khas Mahal, the Pearl mosque, the Palace of Mirrors, the Nagina Masjid, the Fish Pavilion and the Garden of Grapes are the other monuments in the fort. The structure is a synthesis of Hindu and Mughal architectural skills. Itmad-ul-Doulah Tomb was constructed by Nur Jahan in the memory of her father Ghiasud-Din-Beg, during 1622-1628 AD. Sikandra has the tomb of Akbar, which 10 km from Agra. It depicts the fusion of Hindu and Mughal Architecture. Ram Bagh Created in 1528, by Babur, is the first Mughal garden. Chini-ka-Rauza is Afzal Khan's creation. It was the official court at the time of Shahajahan.

Other places nearby Agra are Mathura and Brindvan. Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna, and Brindavan is a sacred place with thousands of temples. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the famous bird parks which provides not only protection to rare feathered species but also shelter to migratory birds.More than 300 species of birds are found in this 29 sq-km area.

Fatehpur Sikri is located at a distance 26 miles from Agra. It was built at the orders of Mughal emperor Akbar. It reflects a great fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural style. Buland Darwaza, a massive gate to the complex, leads you to this structure. Panch Mahal and Bulanda Darwaza are one of the finest examples of Mughal architechure, which you must see in your Agra tours.

If you get bored of all the historical details and are wondering what to do in Agra to have some fun, don't worry, for Agra is the perfect place for people who love to shop. Agra is one of the most important centres for handicrafts, and marble engraved works. Agra's major handicraft items include brassware, leatherware, carpets, jardozi embroidery and jewellery. Agra is also famous for its sweets such as petha and gazak, and also for its salty dalmoth. Munro Road, Kinari Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Raja-Ki-Mandi, and Taj Mahal Complex Sanjay Place are the main areas for shopping in Agra.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16

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