If you ask someone what place he or she would like to visit on India tours, probably majority of people answer you Agra, one of the most important and historically rich cities of India. Well, it is not surprising answer, because Agra is not only a historically rich city of India but also home to the Taj Mahal – a splendid white marble monument.
Taj Mahal is India's star tourist attraction and declared as one of the seventh wonders in the world. What makes Taj Mahal star attraction of India tourism? You may say it is its beauty, grandeur, splendor, lush lawns, beautiful miniature paintings on its wall, marvelous structure, or more. But its real beauty lies in the essence with which the beautiful Taj Mahal was imagined to build. The essence is eternal love between mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and Empress Mumtaz Mahal. Yes, introduction to Taj Mahal is incomplete without mentioning Shah Jahan and his most darling wife Rani Mumtaz Mahal. The beautiful architectural structure of Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife Rani Mumtaz Mahal after her death. It is the ultimate symbol of eternal love and major element of Agra tourism and India tourism as well.
The beauty of Taj Mahal is so amazing that even the most die-hard cynic persons admit that this ultimate tribute to everlasting love is really something in India to be admired. The grandeur of Taj Mahal on tours to India never fails to mesmerize people both young and old. In fact, the Taj Mahal alone gives a boost with bang to tourism in Agra, India. It appeals tourists, travellers and vacationers throughout the entire globe to cherish the awesome charm of Agra tours in India.
Formerly the capital town of India under the Mughals, the historic city of Agra still displays the miraculous charm that is hard to close the eyes. Whatever part of Agra you will travel in, its inspiring and glorious past continue to haunt you. Its rich & glorious historical past never fails to impress tourists who are on travels & tours in India. In fact, it would not be taken as misguided information, if we say Agra the single most important tourist destination of tourism in India. Its propinquity to New Delhi (the capital city of India) is an added advantage.
Undoubtedly, India has lots of tourist places and dotted with lots of touristattractions like forts, palaces, beaches, cities across the country. In compare, Agra just appears to be the most crowdeBook Your Tourd tourist destination in the country.Undoubtedly, Taj Mahal is the most important attraction of travel to Agra, but the city also has some other attractions in and around the city. Some other attractions include the grand Agra Fort (Red Fort), Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra, the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daullah (the Little Taj), the Jama Masjid, the Chini-Ka-Rauza, and more.
The charm of Agra tour not ends here. If you think that's all and nothing to do in Agra. You are wrong. There is much, more and much more for you in Agra. The city of Agra is shopping paradise. You can cherish your visit to Agra by exploring its colorful and bustling local markets. You would like to carry home some mementos of tours in Agra, India. Local bazaars are laden with exquisite handicrafts, leather items, marble items and jewelleries. In fact, you will never feel tired of shopping in the bazaars of this city. If you think spend the night in Agra, there is also many deluxe, luxury, semi-luxury and star categorized hotels offering excellent accommodation facilities for you. Well, we hope that you would like to come back for a second time for tours in India and explore the timeless of appeal of Agra once again.
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daullah, Rambagh Gardens, Dayal Bagh, Chini-Ka-Rauza
Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra Activities to Do in Agra: Battery Van Ride to Taj Mahal, Shopping, etc.
Hotel Oberoi Amar Vilas, Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Hotel Taj View, Hotel Marina Agra, Hotel Chanakya, Hotel Atithi, Hotel Amar Yatri Niwas, Grand Hotel Agra, etc. Nearby Cities: Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bharatpur, Mathura, etc
By Air: Agra is well connected with all the major cities of India.
By Train: Agra is well connected by railways with all the major cities of India.
By Road: Agra has a good network of roads. It is well connected to Delhi, Jaipur and other nearby major cities of India.
Completed in 1653 A.D., The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah JahTaj Mahalan as the final resting place for his favourite Queen, Mumtaz. Finished in by Marvel, it is perhaps India most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monuments took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, Masons and Jewellers to built and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa, The Taj Mahal the bank of the Yamuna river. It can be observed like a Mirage from the Agra Fort from where Emperor Shah Jahan stared at it, for the last eight years his life as a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. It is a masterpiece of symmetry, Seeming to be floating in the air from a distance, and each revealed as an illusion experienced as one enters through the main gate. The verses of Holy Koran as inscribed on it and at the top of gate 22 small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to built. The Taj Mahal has been built on a Marvel Plateform that stands above a standstone one. The most elegant dome of the Taj, with diameter of 60 feets, rises 80 feets, over the building and directly under the dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's tomb has been irected next to her's by his son Aurangzeb. Fantastic Inley works using semi-precious stones decorate and interiors.
The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra FortAgra Fort in 1565 A.D., although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shah Jahan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hight an inner pardise. The fort is crescent shaped, flattended on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. It has a total perimeter of 2.4 k.m., and is ringed by double castellated ramparts of red sandstone punctuated at regular intervals by bastions. A 9 mt. wide and 10 mt. deep moat surround the outer wall.
There are number of exquisite building like the Moti Masjid-a white marvel mosque akin to a perfect pearl, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khaas, Jehangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal, Shish Mahal and Musamman or Samman Burj-where Shahjahan was held captive in 1666 A.D.
Fatehpur Sikri is an epic in red sandstone. A city of yeasteryear, today losFatehpur Sikrit in the mists of time. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D.. Mughal Emperor Akbar had no heir. He visited holy men to enlist their prayers for his son. When he visited Sheikh Salim Chishti who was living at the village of Sikri the saint foretold the emperor that he would be blessed with a son. When is son was born, he is gratitude, constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri. Later, due to sortage of water and unrest in North-West, Akbar has to abandon this city. The beautiful marvel tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti still attract thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint. Other renowned places are Dewane-e-Am, Dewane-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace and Birbal Bhawan. Fatehpur Sikri is about 39 K.M. from Agra.
The mausolumn of emperor Akbar represent his philosphy and secular outlook, combining the best of Hindu and Muslim architectures in a superlative region. Completed in 1613 A.D. by his son Jahangir, it is one of the well preserved monuments. This is the last resting place of the Mughal Empror Akbar.