of the Taj Mahal, Agra provides avid glimpses of Mughal
architecture. To be in Agra is like taking a walk
through history. Agra today is another provincial town
with remnants from the past – tombs, churches,
cemeteries and gardens. Close by is Emperor Akbar’s
city Fatehpur Sikri, impressive in architecture and
visited by devotees during the month of Ramzan for Urs
at the shrine of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti.
of the most famous monuments of the world, the Taj is
virtually the raison d’etre of Agra’s tourism. The
monument built in white marble stands on the bank of
River Yamuna in testimony of eternal love between an
emperor, Shah Jehan, and his most favoured queen, Mumtaz
Mahal. Taj Mahal took 22 years to build (1631-1652 AD)
and is noted for its symmetry and balance of its
architecture and exquisite inlay work Tel:2330498. Open:
6 am to 7.30 pm. Closed on Friday.Agra Fort: Built by
great Mughal emperor, Akbar, in the middle of the 16th
century, when he shifted his capital from Lahore (now in
Pakistan), it has a number of beautiful buildings
Tel:2364512. Open: sunrise to sunset.
mausoleum of Emperor Akbar on the outskirts of the city
(towards Delhi) represents his philosophy, piety and
secular character Tel:2641230. Open: sunrise to sunset.
monument in white marble standing across the river and
short distance from the Taj, is believed by many to be
an inspiration and model for the more famous mausoleum.
It was built by Empress Noorjehan for her father, Mirza
Ghiyas Beg, during 1622-1628 AD and pietra dura –
inlay on marble – was first used here Tel:2080030.
Open: sunrise to sunset.Agra has many other important
monuments and places of interest to a visitor. These
include Chini-ka-Rauza, Mehtab Bagh, Mariam’s Tomb,
Jama Masjid, Ram Bagh, and Radhaswami Samadhi. All of
these, except Radhaswami Samadhi, are open from sunrise
& Light Show
sound-and-light programme is conducted at Agra Fort
every day after sundown, that details the history and
important events connected with it. The programme in
English is held from 7/7.15 pm and in Hindi from
8.15/8.30 pm, depending on season Tel: 2111009, 2364512.
Entry: English Rs. 75, Hindi Rs. 30.
A multi-faceted centre developed to promote arts,
crafts, culture and cuisine of the region also
replicates the rural surroundings. Craftpersons can be
seen at work here.
A beautiful forest spread over 70 hectares of land has
been developed to the east of the Taj Mahal. Besides
preserving many varieties of flora and fauna, and
providing a green buffer for the precious monument, the
park provides fascinating views from various mounds of
the Taj. Entry: Rs. 5.
Taj Mahotsav: a ten-day
arts and crafts fair, held every year from February
18-27 at the Shilp Gram precincts and includes cultural
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