India is a land of vibrant history when you dive deep into Indian history books, you will come across a new story every time. Every state and every city of India has its unique tale to tell.
Agra is one of such city, enriched with astonishing stories. I was planning to visit the land of majestic Mughals, Agra which is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh and recently I finally able to make it out. Agra is well known for its historic masterpieces. Agra is the part of India’s Golden Triangle, that is Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. The alluring beauty Taj brings tourists to visit Agra.
The enticing monuments of Agra still have the essence of the Mughal era which will never fade away. With the Yamuna playing its symphony, Agra becomes a serene place to spend your time in. Agra can be cover in a day but, to soak in its beauty it is recommended to take at least three days and explore it properly. It is said that the best way to explore a city is to take its local conveyor and interact with its people. The natives of those places have got a treasure of stories which are hard to find in books. Its best to book online ticket , you can escape from standing in long queue. Do not forget to take your Id proof too. Taj Mahal remain closed on Fridays .
- Tourists buying tickets online will get discount of Rs.5/- for per Indian ticket & Rs. 50/- for per Foreigner ticket.
2. No Entry fee for children below the age of 15 years.
When we reached Taj Mahal , it was raining cats and dogs. Epitome of love seems more beautiful and place turn to be Romantic. Taxis are also optioned to explore taxis and are a little expensive than public transport.
Amongst various places to visit in Agra, I visited these below-mentioned places:
Agra is worldwide known mostly because of Taj Mahal and this is the obvious reason why I also wanted to visit Agra. It is one of the ‘7 wonders of the world’. It also comes under the UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Taj Mahal has an iconic history, which is known by every Indian. Made with ivory-marbles. Taj Mahal situated near the serene Yamuna. The masterpiece was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of the monument started in 1632 and was completed in 1643. It is believed that, after the completion of Taj Mahal, king Shah Jahan cut his workers’ hands, so that no one could replicate the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is said to be a symbol of love.
Agra Fort is another UNESCO world heritage site. The fort is around 2.5 km away from Taj Mahal. The fort was constructed as a military fort by Mughal emperor Akbar and later was transformed into a palace by Emperor Shah Jahan. The fort is famously known for its detailed architecture and design. Around 4000 workers were engaged in constructing the Agra fort and it took 80 years to build it. The light and sound show is unmissable when you visit the fort. It costs around 50 rupees for an Indian adult and 30 rupees for students. The shows are both in Hindi and English.
Akbar’s Tomb was the resting place of Mughal emperor Akbar. It is considered as one of India’s architectural marvels. The tomb is situated in Sikandra, in the suburbs of Agra. It is said that according to tradition one can build his tomb while he is alive. The carving of the tomb is intricate and of the Persian style. The tomb is open the whole, you can visit any time. The entry fee ranges from 5 rupees to 100 rupees.
The Jama Mosque is situated exactly opposite to the Agra Fort. It is considered as one of the biggest mosques in India. The mosque perfectly resembles the Mughal architecture with intricate carvings. the mosque was built by the most powerful Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his daughter Jahanara Begum Sahiba in 1648 A.D. The mosque is built of red sandstone and white marble with marvellous architecture. The walls of the mosque are scripted with Persian praising for the emperor. The mosque is open all day and there is no entry fee required.
Mehtab Bagh is a garden located near the Yamuna river opposite the Taj Mahal. It is said to be the last garden of the Mughals. Since it is close to the Taj Mahal, it is always recommended to visit Mehtab Bagh. The garden was built by Babur in the 16th century. With the Yamuna flowing by the side, the view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh becomes more spectacular. The octagonal pond in the garden is the main attraction point for the visitors. The garden is open from the morning from 6 A.M to evening at 7 P.M. The entry fee range from 15 rupees to 100 rupees.
Mehtab bagh is within a stone throw of my Maternal Grand mother house, so we cousin use to enjoy our evening there and that time no fee was charged Because it is not historical spot but you can have beautiful view of Taj Mahal.
Even though I haven’t read any Indian history book before visiting this place but, I know almost everything about the Mughals and Agra when I just entered the city. Agra is around 231 km from Delhi and you can take a one day trip to cover the whole city as well. Agra has its airport name Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport which is situated 5 km away from the Agra city.
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