Located in Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the River Yamuna, the city of Agra is synonymous with “Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World” and is renowned for its beauty and historical significance. Part of the golden triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra, this beautiful historic city is definitely on the itinerary of every traveller- domestic or international.
PLACES TO SEE IN AGRA
Taj Mahal: Called "A tear on the face of eternity" by Rabindranath Tagore, Taj Mahal is one of the Seven wonders of the world. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his dead wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. It is believed that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed.
Agra Fort: Also known as Lal Qila, Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Agra. About 2.5 kms from Taj Mahal, it was as much as a royal residence as a military strategic point. The fort contains splendid palaces, both in red sandstone and white marble, built by two generations of prolific builders Akbar and later Jehangir and Shahjahan.
Fatehpur Sikri: Built in the 16th century, .Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Built between 1569 and 1585, this city was intended to be the joint capital with Agra, but was soon deserted because the water system could not support any residents. It has remained untouched for over 400 years now and is considered to be the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Part of the golden triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra, Delhi, the national capital of India, beautifully manages to bridge two different worlds, i.e Old Delhi and the imperial city of New Delhi. Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined alongside crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. On the other hand, the imperial city of New Delhi, created by the British Raj, is a combination of spacious tree lined avenues and imposing government buildings.
Also a part of the golden triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra, Jaipur is a stronghold of a clan of rulers, whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Due to the color of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur is termed as ‘Pink City’. Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves, and other exotic wares.
Mathura and Vrindavan, known as Brajbhoomi together, are considered to be sacred land, especially because of their connection to Lord Krishna. Mathura, where Lord Krishna was born, is now a major tourist attraction. Vrindavan has almost 4000 temples and numerous bathing ghats, which are used for ritual bathing. These destinations are a must visit during Janmashtami