If you love to travel then a tour of Agra city, the city of monuments is one of the things that you should add to your bucket list (if you haven’t already).
This tour will give you an unforgettable insight into the incredible history associated with the Mughals.
Right from Taj Mahal to Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Baby Taj, Agra have a lot to offer and this is why it attracts maximum tourists (both Indians and foreigners).
So, what are you waiting for? Start with the planning of your Agra tour already and don’t forget to visit these 9 places to visit in Agra.
Places to Visit in Agra
1. TAJ MAHAL
With its grandeur structure that showcases a mix of Mughal, Islamic & Persian architecture and intricate work, TAJ MAHAL makes you fall in love at first sight. You will be awestruck with its beauty, royalty, and the beautiful gardens surrounding it.
After all, it is not just a building, it’s a legacy that truly justifies its name not only because it showcases Mughal architecture built with perfection but also because it has a rich history associated with it.
Taj Mahal is one of the best places to visit in Agra and here’s why:
The Epitome of Love:
There’s an epic love story associated with this great monument. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal was built in 1632.
Shah Jahan and his wife bore 13 children and it was during the birth of their 13th child that Mumtaz Mahal died. While she was living her last moments, she asked Shah Jahan to build a mausoleum in her memory.
Shah Jahan then laid the foundation of white marble mausoleum aka Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife.
2. MOHABBAT – THE TAJ SHOW:
Mohabbat: The Taj Show is the popular musical drama that portrays the immortal love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and the splendid lifestyle of the Mughal era.
It is staged every day at 6:30 pm at Kalakriti Conventional Centre. The drama showcases singing and dancing by the actors in Mughal costumes. It even includes a marble model of the Taj Mahal that appears on the stage during the show.
The play is done in Hindi but the translations in other languages are also available (for the latter, you’ll be provided with the headphones).
3. MEHTAB BAGH
Mehtab Bagh is the garden adjacent to the Taj Mahal. It is, in fact, one of the last Mughal gardens in India.
Showcasing a mesmerizing structure, the garden lends a picturesque view to the Taj Mahal (this view will take your breath away).
Mehtab Bagh consists of a 4 garden layout, that is, the Garden includes an Octagonal domed tower made of Redstone and an Octagonal pond located at its southern side.
The pond displays the reflection of the Taj Mahal which makes it one of the best places to visit in Agra.
4. AGRA FORT
The splendid layout and structure of Agra Fort make it one of the best places for visit in Agra. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1573, its structure is made of Redstone.
The structure of Agra Fort is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. This is why it has also been recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Fort includes Pearl Mosque, Diwan-i I Khas, Diwan-i I Aam, Moti Masjid and Jahangiri Mahal. The entire structure showcases exquisite handwork. It is one of the best places to visit in Agra.
5. ITIMAD UD DAULAH
Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb is also known as Baby Taj and do you know why?
It is because the tomb’s structure is made of white marble and it showcases beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture (just like Taj Mahal).
In fact, the Taj Mahal was inspired by Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb. Very people know this fact!
6. AKBAR TOMB
Akbar’s Tomb in Fatehpur Sikri showcases a combination of Indo-Islamic architecture. The intricate work done on the gates and walls of the tomb make it one of the best places to visit near Agra.
Situated at Sikandra (a place near Agra), the tomb’s structure consists of a 70-foot tall gate, known as Buland Darwaza. This gate contains calligraphic designs that are crafted on the white marble.
Surrounded by lush green gardens, the tomb is one of the best places to visit in Agra.
7. FATEHPUR SIKRI
Fatehpur Sikri is one of the UNESCO recognized heritage sites in India that is why it is one of the top 10 places to visit in Agra.
It consists of Jodha Bai’s palace, Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Ibadat Khana and a Tomb of Salim Chisti. All these places make for major tourist attraction sites in Fatehpur Sikri.
Just like the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri also features Indo-Islamic architecture. It has an 11 km long fortification wall.
The beautiful architecture of this place makes it one of the best places to visit in Agra.
8. CHINI KA RAUZA
Built in 1635, Chini Ka Rauza is situated just 1 km north of Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb (Baby Taj). Do you know what it really is?
Chini ka Rauza is the tomb of Afzal Khan who was a Persian poet as well as a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.
This tomb showcases Indo-Persian architecture. This tomb was, in fact, the first building in India to be adorned with glazed tile work, now isn’t that amazing?
The inner structure of the tomb is adorned with paintwork and inscriptions from the Quran.
9. NATURE PARK
A treasure hidden in the woods of Agra, Nature Park is just 500 meters from the Eastern Gate of the Taj Mahal. The park covers a 9 km trail and contains various species of birds and wildlife as well as rare trees and shrubs. It also contains ridge area with pathways for the visitors’ comfort.
With an amazing view, this park is one of the best places to visit in Agra.
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