Top 5 Spectacular Sights in Agra
Agra is located close to New Delhi and hence instead of staying in Agra, people prefer to stay in the capital city of India. However, this does not mean that there are no good Hotels In Agra. Rather those ardent tourists who want to study the architecture and beauty of historical monuments in Agra in detail always chose to stay in the city to witness the beauty and splendor of these constructions.
Here are the top 5 sights you must see when in Agra:
The Taj Mahal
The fairy tale like real love story of Shahjahan and Mumtaz is still kept alive by the existence of the magnificent Taj Mahal built by the Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife. It took 20,000 workers and 22 years to complete the construction and the mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal was built. The beauty and magnificence of this great monument attract thousands of tourists every year to Agra and it is one of the greatest wonders of the world.
Fort of Agra
It is one of the finest forts of Mughals in India. Originally, it was made up of bricks and was a residing place for the Rajput clans. However, when the Emperor Akbar captured it he made necessary changes as he shifted his capital to Agra during 1558. The fort holds several public and private halls for the audience, towers, palaces, courtyards and mosques. One of the major attractions is the light and sound show in the fort that eloquently recreates the history of the Fort.
One place from where you can see the Taj Mahal undisturbed and without paying heavily for admission is Memtabh Bagh. Also known as the Moonlight Garden, it is a Mughal garden complex stretching across 25 acres and is situated exactly opposite to the monument. Emperor Babur built it long before Taj Mahal was built. Although some construction has been ruined, restoration has returned some of its beauty and splendor.
Old City of Agra
The city of Agra has some special highlights, especially if you visit the heart of the city. The narrow lanes, clothes, jewelry, snack stalls, shoes, spices and sarees all have their own appeal. Here you can find traditional crafts and arts such as marble work and more. Known as Kinari Bazaar the area also has some decent hotels in Agra.
Mughal Heritage Walk
This is a community-based initiative for tourism jointly ventured by the Uttar Pradesh Government and Center for Urban and Regional Excellence. The intention behind the creation of this program is to help the local residents earn some income through tourism and improve their quality of life. Placed in just one kilometer walk from the Taj Mahal, here you can witness the lesser known constructions and architecture of the Mughals set in rural background.