Top 10 places to visit in Agra
The Taj Mahal, made of white marble, is the hallmark of Agra. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This building took 22 years to build. People come from far and wide to see this building which is a symbol of love. You can also visit Taj Mahal with your partner. You will get a pleasant feeling on coming here.
Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah
Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb on the left side of the Yamuna river was built by Nur Jahan. Nur Jahan got this tomb built about seven years after the death of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Standing on a sandstone platform, the building is made of white marble.
Fatehpur Sikri is situated about 36 km away from the Taj Mahal. Mughal Emperor Akbar had settled Fatehpur Sikri. In Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar had built the tallest building, the Buland Darwaza, which is 280 feet above the ground. After climbing 52 steps, the door can be reached inside. It is built of red and sandstone. The mausoleum of Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti is here. Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a symbol of Mughal culture and civilization.
Another World Heritage Site of Agra is Agra Fort. The fort of Agra was built by Akbar in 1565. Later, his grandson Shah Jahan got this fort renovated with red sandstone. Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj come in the main buildings of this fort. Whose ancient architecture thousands of tourists come from country and abroad.
The Jama Masjid of Agra is dedicated to Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Shah Jahan. This huge mosque was constructed in 1648. The Jama Masjid is very beautiful made of red sandstone and small white marble. Jama Masjid overlooks the tomb of Sufi Shaikh Salim Chishti, which is a wonderful piece of art. The carvings of the Jama Masjid are very beautiful. The Jama Masjid can be reached through the Buland Darwaza.
Akbar’s tomb is situated at Sikandra, 4 km away from Agra. The Mughal emperor Akbar started the construction of this building during his lifetime. But before its completion, Akbar died. Later his son Jahangir completed it. This mausoleum is a mix of Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Jain art.