Agra Travel GuideAgra is the one of the magnificent destinations of the World Tourism map with its heritage monuments -The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Red Fort etc. It is famous for Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders. It is a depraved city of necropolis and stones, but it is a spirited centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosophies that have enhanced mankind and shaped human thought over centuries. Agra is famous for handicrafts products such as Inlay work on Marvel, Leather work, Footwear, Brass wear, Carpets, Jewelry, Zari and Embroidery work. This lasting icon of India: The Taj Mahal which which attracts billions of travelers across the world. The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved Queen Mumtaz.
Taj Mahal is perchance India’s most striking and gorgeous monument. Taj Mahal is perfectly balanced monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, Masons and Jewelers to built and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect Ustad Isa. The Taj Mahal is on the bank of the river Yamuna. Taj Mahal is a work of art of symmetry, visible to be floating in the air from a distance and each revealed as an fantasy experienced as one enters in it.
Agra is a beautiful cityi in India and most visited tourist destination. The city has a wide range of resorts and hotels of all categories like Luxury hotels in Agra, Heritage hotels in Agra, Air-Port hotels in Agra, Budget hotels in Agra, Chain Group of hotels in Agra, Resorts in Agra, 5 Star hotels in Agra, 4 Star hotels in Agra, 3 Star hotels in Agra. These hotels offer all the modern amenities to their esteem clients as per their budgets.
Attractions in Agra :
Taj Mahal : Taj Mahal, where poet's words find an ultimate direction to articulate their emotion. It is a place where the artistry embraces the eternity and love attains divine salvation. The marble edifice situated on the bank of river Yamuna has suffered many ravages of time and with each sunrise and sunset, it has become immortal with its grandeur of heritage and legend. Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the remains of his beloved empress Begum Mumtaz Mahal which manifested the immortal love between the two. For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, see it by moonlight. Open: 6 days a week (Closed on Fridays), Sunrise - 7.30 p.m.
The Agra Fort : Agra Fort, built by the successive contribution of three Mughal generations – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan – still fascinates the entire world with its majestic glory. The fort stared its journey in the days of Akbar under the supervision of Mohammed Quasim Khan, his commander-in-chief. Originally planned to build an invincible military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort gained its elegance, lavishness and royalty of a palace at the time of Emperor Shah Jehan.
Open: Sunrise to sunset.
Sikandra : Sikandra is the place where the divine soul of great Mughal Emperor Akbar rests. Founded by Sikandar Lodi in 1492, Sikandra was re-constructed by Akbar as a site for his mausoleum, but before it could be completed, he died and was buried in a catacomb. You will find the tomb glorifying the centre of a large garden which is accessible by four excellent red sandstone gates designed by Jehangir, the son of Akbar. Flaunting a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture, the tomb is a four storey high building with first three storeys built in red sandstone while the fourth one is entirely of marble. The crypt inside the tomb is decorated with dark blue plaster and gold leaf making it the appropriate place where royalty could rest finally. Four small windows high on the walls admit a dim light and you may find a torch useful here.
Open : Sunrise to sunset.
Itmad-ud-daulah : The Itmad-ud-daulah tomb stands in the centre of a grand Persian garden, an architectural gem of its times. It is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Emperor Jehangir`s wazir, or Chief Minister, and also his father- in- law. The structure was built by Empress Noorjehan, between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, near Lahore in Pakistan. This splendid garden tomb is believed to be the precursor of the magnificent Taj Mahal, and was the first Mughal structure to be built entirely of marble, and the first, again, to make use of pietra dura, the inlay marble work that came to be typical of the Taj. Near the Agra Fort, is Jami Masjid, built by Shahjahan in 1648. An inscription over its main entrance indicates that it was built in the name of Jahanara, the emperor`s daughter, who was imprisoned with the hapless emperor by Aurangzeb.
Open: Sunrise to sunset. Entry Fee Rs. 10.50
Jama Masjid : It is a large mosque attributed to Shah Jahan's daughter, Princess Jahanara Begum, built in 1648, notable for its unusual dome and absence of minarets. The inscription at its entrance shows that it cost Rs 5 Lakhs at that time for its completion.
Open: Sunrise to sunset.
How to Reach Agra :
Air : There are several airlines which connects Agra to all the major parts of India. Kheria Airport is about 9 km. from Agra.
Rail : Agra is a most important railway junction on main broad gauge routes to the south, east and west. Agra is well connected through all the parts of India.
Road : Agra is the major tourist destination of India and on cross roads of national highways 2, 3 and 11, is well connected to all parts of the country.
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