Places to see in Agra

Agra is well-known for being the home of one of the World’s Seven Wonders: the Taj Mahal. The architectural beauty of this tomb will transport you back to 16th and early 17th century India. Though most visitors to Agra come to see the Taj Mahal, there are numerous other ancient sites in Agra that you must see on your Agra trip.

AGRA FORT: Built in 1565 A.D. by Emperor Akbar, the Agra fort is a work of art in terms of design and structure. The fort’s basic form is a crescent, flattened on the east side facing the river.

There are several more magnificent structures inside the confines of Agra Fort, including the Moti Masjid, the Diwan-e-Am, the Khaas Mahal, Jahangir’s Palace, the Diwan-e-Khaas, the Shish Mahal, and the Musamman or Samman Burj. Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Musamman till his death in 1666 A.D.

Sikandara: Sikandra is a suburb of Agra, situated about 13 kilometres from the Agra Fort. This location is ideal for tourists on an Agra trip.

Sikandara is Emperor Akbar’s tomb and exemplifies the greatest of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Constructed in 1613 A.D. by Akbar’s son Jahangir, this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of Indian architecture. Fatechpur Sikri: Located around 39 kilometres from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was established in 1564 A.D. by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is a colossal red sandstone structure. Though this legendary city is almost destroyed, there are a number of other world-famous landmarks to see, including the Diwan-e-Am, the Diwan-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, and Birbal Bhawan.

Other noteworthy locations to visit on Taj Mahal tours are Itmad-Ud-Daula and Chini Ka Roza. Empress Noor Jahan constructed the Itmad -Ud -Daula as a tribute to her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. It is a lovely structure with inherent lattice work on marble. Chini Ka Roza is the mausoleum of Afzal Khan, a Persian poet who served as a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. This structure is located around 1 kilometre beyond Itmad -ud -daula.

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