Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.” – Francis Bacon. Travelling is for everyone, the young, the old, it enriches our soul and gives us an altogether different experience. We don’t need a reason or purpose to travel it is just something we need to do as travelling teaches us what books can never and is an important part of our life.
Agra has always been a trending travel destination globally as it is the city hosting the most beautiful man-made wonder the Taj Mahal. Let 2020 be the year to finally mark off Agra from your travel destination list. Agra bespeaks for its Mughal architecture and historical importance. This blog will save you all your time from your research about the city as we give you the sneak peek about the city and insight to all the places you must travel as Agra has a variety of places to offer and take you by surprise. Same Day Agra Tour to visit Agra Monuments.
The top tourist destination is no doubt the Taj Mahal as nothing can overshadow it but here we present you a list of other important places which you must check out when you are in the city of love.
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Don’t Miss These 10 Places in Agra
1) Agra Fort: It is a UNESCO world heritage site which was built by Akbar as a military structure. The Agra Fort also served as a model for the Red Fort in Delhi. It is close to the Taj and is one of the finest red sandstone forts built by Mughals in India. Among the most important and must-see parts of the huge Agra Fort are Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj, Khas Mahal. A complete walk of the fort will easily take 2-3 hours.
2) Itmad-ud-daula’s tomb: This monument is often referred to as the baby taj and was built by Noor Jahan in the fond memory of his father Mir Giyas Beg. It was the first monument to be built in white marble than the usual red sandstone and so it is said to be a precursor to the construction of Taj.
3) Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar which is 40 km from Agra and is most famous for its Dargah of Salim Chisti. Other significant structures within are Diwan-i-am, Diwan-i-Khas, Jodha Bai’s palace, etc.
4) Akbar’s tomb: The tomb of Akbar is located in Sikandra and is a mixture of various architectural styles. Akbar himself initiated the construction of his tomb when he died his son Jahangir completed the tomb and it is an architectural marvel.
5) Samadhi of Swamiji Maharaj Dayalbagh: This samadhi is built by the Radha Soami sect and is a massive masterpiece in terms of size, architecture, and beauty. After 100 years the construction is finally completed. It is a holy place for all the devotees of the Radha Soami faith as Dayalbagh is the headquarters of the Radha Soami faith.
6) Mehtab Bagh: This is one of the most beautiful gardens gifted by the Mughals to the city. It is a famous picnic spot with great sunset views and lies north of the Taj on the opposite side of the Yamuna river. It is also known as the moonlight garden and is the best place to gaze at the Taj from afar.
7) Guru ka Taal: It is a major gurudwara of the city which is close to Sikandra and a dedicated place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs. Its literal meaning is the pond of the guru and is said to be visited by 4 of the 10 Sikh gurus. It is believed that the 9th guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur was arrested here as he surrendered to the Mughal king Aurangzeb.
8) Wildlife SOS: If you are an animal lover and would love to spend your time in the company of lovely bears and rescued elephants this is the place for you. It is a non-profit organization that actively works to protect Indian wildlife.
9) Jama Masjid or the Jami Masjid: Located in the old city near the Agra Fort railway station this Friday mosque is one of the largest built by the Mughals in the 17th century. You will get to experience the peace amidst the chaotic alleys of the old city.
10) Mariyam’s Tomb: This is the tomb of one of Akbar’s wife which is close to Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra. It is the resting place of Mariam Zamani (Heer Kunwar).
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Besides these places to visit, do try the local delicacies like the Agra famous “petha” and the breakfast. You can shop great deals at handicraft stores if that is what attracts you.
After reading the blog you will be convinced that the beauty of the city is how different faiths belong here and the city has always been welcoming people from all backgrounds and ages, culture and traditions.