The Internationally famed city Agra, though synonymous with the Tajmahal, is definitely not a one-stop shop. Agra has been embellished with various tombs & mausoleums by the Mughal Kings. It is a historically important city showcasing the extraordinary antiquity of India. A crazy bustling city on the Shore of Yamuna River, Agra houses an array of landmarks from the formidable Agra Fort to the neighboring ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. The city is lively yet chaotic, dusty yet inspiring. Most of all, it is not only the reminder of Mughal legacy but also a living example of architectural marvels.
The Agra fort, known as Lal Quila, has made its mark in the UNESCO world heritage site list. This crescent-shaped, massive fort has been curved out of red sandstone in the era of Akbar. The three massive gateways are a remarkable feature of this masterpiece. The exteriors of the fort are invincible while the interiors paint a serene picture. Visit the peerless buildings of Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-E-Am, Diwani-E-Khaas and Musanman Burj & gaze at the Taj Mahal just like Shah Jahan did in his last days.
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Fateh pur sikri (the city of victory) served as the capital of the Mughal Empire for a while. It was soon deserted due to the scarcity of water. This bewitching ghost town astounds in beauty & presents everyone with the old world charm. Take a leisurely tour of the mosques, squares, and palace rooms. The mammoth chessboard is something you have to see. The Hiran Minar, the Golden palace, Turkish Sultana House, home of Akbar’s chief wife, and famous for its miniature carvings.
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Often regarded as a “draft” of the Taj Mahal, Itmad-ud-Daulah’s is the first Mughal mausoleum built entirely in white marble. It has been fondly nicknamed as ‘Baby Taj’. The glasses, mosaics & symmetry of the tomb are commendable. The inscriptions, paintings & gold in the ceiling are no less impressive. Moreover, the picturesque settings & fewer crowds enhances its appeal.
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Located on western edge of Agra, Akbar’s mausoleum stands impressively as the final resting place of the most distinguished Mughal Emperor. It is an excellent example of a sandstone and marble tomb. The huge courtyard, stunning garden, beautiful inlay works & spectacular gateway ( Buland Darwaza) depict a vital Mughal architectural style.
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