Agra is located just 233 kms away from the capital city of India. Tourists visiting Delhi also pay a visit to Agra, which is also called as ‘City of Taj Mahal.’ Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra is also a home to many heritage sites, temples and museums. Agra Fort, Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri are the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra. This city was once the capital of Mughal Empire. Because of this, tourists can get to see many Islamic architecture buildings in the city.
Best Places to Visit in Agra
1) Taj Mahal: 3 billion people visit Taj every year. Many people have described Taj Mahal in their own ways, but one can truly experience its beauty only by visiting this place. Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his wife & took 8 years to build it. The complete structure comprises white marble and has a blend of Persian, Islamic and Indian styles. The mausoleum displays different shades of colour at different times. In the morning it is Pinkish, in the evening it is white and in night it is golden. The place is also a symbol of hard work and excellent craftsmanship. Tourists can visit this place on any day and it is open from morning to evening. The entry fee for Indians is Rs 20 and for Foreigners Rs 750.
2) Agra Fort: Agra Fort is the second most visited place in Agra after the Taj Mahal. The construction of this immense structure began in 1565 by Akbar and later transformed into the palace. The fort is spread across 94 acres and lies parallel to river Yamuna. Agra Fort was the primary residence of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. Later, the capital got shifted to Delhi. Tourists can get to see Jahangir’s Hauz, Jahangir Palace, Anguri Bagh, Diwan-I-Am inside the fort. Early morning is the best time to visit the place as the crowd is less and it is easy to explore.
3) Mehtab Bagh: Mehtab Bagh is the perfect place to view the Taj Mahal. It is situated right behind the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River. Babur originally built it in the early 1500s, which was before the existence of Taj Mahal. Later Shah Jahan built this garden to protect Taj Mahal from the absorption of sand. There’s also a stretch of a pool that beautifully reflects Taj Mahal. The garden is open from 6 am to 6 pm. The entry fee for Indians is Rs 100 and Rs 250.
Written By: Tejas Purohit