Five Best Places to See in Agra – Offering an urban landscape filled with numerous monuments and sights of historical importance, Agra is one of the most-visited cities in India. It is also because it houses one of the seven wonders of the world, the symbol of love, Taj Mahal.
Needless to say that Taj Mahal is one of the five best places to see in Agra, but which ones from the rest of them are too good to be missed? Let us have a look:
1. Taj Mahal
- Majestically standing on the banks of river Yamuna, the monument which is referred to as the symbol of eternal love, Taj Mahal is larger-than-life by all means.
- Built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his loving wife Mumtaj Mahal in the year 1631, this monument is surrounded by lush green gardens and an artificial pond.
- There are four minarets that surrounds the majestic tomb of the Taj Mahal.
2. Agra Fort
- Built by Akbar, the Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort of Agra served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors till their capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.
- One of the UNESCO world heritage sites in India, this fort is built in red sandstone.
- The fort remains open on all days and a minimum entry fee of Rs 20 is charged upon the entry in this fort. Some of the key attractions of the fort are Sheesh Mahal, The Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, The Anguri Bagh, Mina Masjid among others.
3. Fatehpur Sikri
- Built by Mughal Emperor, Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri is one of the world heritage sites in India that is too good to be missed.
- A 30-min drive from the centre of the city, the key attractions of this Mughal historical sight are Buland Darwaza, Jodhabai Palace, Darga (Tomb) of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Jama Mashjid, Khwabagh, and Diwan-I-Khas.
- And if you’re visiting it during the holy month of Ramadan, then be sure to enjoy the enthralling carnival that is hosted at this place during this month.
4. Moti Masjid
- The beautiful mosque located inside the complex of Agra Fort looks really elegant. It took six long years to completely finish this mosques.
- The mosque is made of red sandstone and the three domes on the top are made of white marble. There is no exclusive entry fee of this Masjid, it can be visited any time between sunrise and sunset.
5. Sikandra Fort
- Located 13 km away from the Agra Fort, Sikandra Fort is the last resting place of the Mughal emperor Akbar.
- The tomb stands in the center of a vast garden, which is enclosed by high walls on all sides. In the middle of each enclosing wall is a monumental gateway.
- The whole garden is divided into four equal quarters on the conventional charbhag plan. Each quarter is separated by a high terrace or raised path with a narrow shallow water channel running at the center.
- It remain open from sunrise to sunset, with the minimum entry fee of Rs 10.
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