Agra Travel – City of Architectural Wonders

Agra is among the high-flying destinations of the World Tourism which is visited by scores of tourists from numerous places surrounding of the globe. Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Red Fort are the three premier draw cards of this place that magnetize people to this place. This place is also known for handicraft products of inlay work on marble, leather work, footwear, brassware, carpets, Jewellery, zari and embroidery work. The supreme architectural beauty of several imposing monuments places it in a category of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Taj Mahal:

It is a mausoleum located on the bank of river Yamuna which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum is among the prominent stopovers of India which is visited by national as well as international tourists. It is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the most praised masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Taj Mahal means ‘Crown Palace’ which is in fact the world’s most well-preserved architecture. It is a tribute to a beautiful woman and also a monument symbolizing enduring love.

Its construction began in around 1632 and was completed in 1653. The 20,000 skilled artisans took nearly 22 years to build this white marble edifice which was initially decorated with precious and semi precious stones. The design and construction of this marvel is the supreme example of man made wonder which is known for its Cryptic Calligraphy, Incised painting, Inlay work, Arch of Jali, Delicate pierce work and Herringbone.

Agra Fort:

It was the palatial city from where the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb governed their great empire. This is the place that played a prominent role in making the history of India. This UNESCO World Heritage is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort. It is built alongside the river Yamuna which is surrounded by double walls of 20 meters in height and 2.5 kilometers in circumference.

This fort can be accessed by two gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate, but now the entrance to the fort is only through the Amar Singh Gate. Agra Fort is one of the finest examples of the Indo-Islamic architecture which houses several famous buildings within the premises. Some of the well known buildings are Jahangir Mahal, Divan-e-Aam (The Hall of Public Audience), Shish Mahal (Glass Palace), Diwan-e-Khas (The hall of Private Audience) and many more.

Akbar’s Tomb Sikandra:

This is the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is among the important tourist attractions of this place which is located 13 kilometers from the Agra Fort. It is said that Akbar started the construction of this tomb himself which was later completed by his son Jahangir. This beautiful tomb was built in the Indo-Saracenic style with an array of exquisite carvings and designs. The names of the Gods of ninety-nine religious sects have been inscribed on the tomb.