Agra - A land of wonder.....
The crowning glory of the Agra is obviously the Taj, (Taj Mahal) a monument
of love and imagination, that represents India to the world. The world is
divided between those who have seen Taj Mahal and those who haven't. Visit
Agra and see the epitome of love erected on the bank of river Yamuna. The
Taj Mahal, described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love,
has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. Emperor Shah Jahan
constructed this intense Mughal mausoleum in the memory of his second wife
Although the grace about Taj is amazing from every angle, it's the details
that astound you more. Semiprecious stones are inlaid into the marble in
beautiful patterns using a process known as "Pietra Dura".
Besides Taj, many other magnificent monuments are a testimony to the zenith
and golden period of the Mughal architecture. There is Agra Fort and
Itmad-ud-daulah that are gems of Mughal architectural style The massive red
sandstone Agra Fort, also on the bank of the Yamuna River. The walls of the
fort are encircled by a fetid moat and it also contains a maze of superb
halls, mosques, chambers and gardens that form a small city within a city.
Other worthwhile Mughal gems include the Itimad-ud-daulah, many of whose
design elements were used in the construction of the Taj, and Akbar's
Mausoleum at Sikandra which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and
Christian motifs, much like the syncretic religious philosophy Akbar
developed and attempted to do.
Agra is known for its splendid handicrafts made of marble and softstone
inlay work and also for its zari embroidery work. The specialties of the
city are all things the Mughals would buy: carpets, jewellery, inlaid
marble. The old part of the city and the main marketplace Kinari Bazaar are
situated on the North of Agra fort.
A British built cantonment situated on the South of Agra is known as the
Mall and the commercial center of the cantonment is the Sadar Bazaar.
Other worth seeing attractions include Nai Ki Mandi or Baber's Bazaar
famous for textiles, Dyal Bagh Temple of the Radah Swami religion. Chini Ka
Rauza or China Tomb is the mausoleum of Afzal Khan, a poet and high official
in the court of Shah Jahan. Ram Bagh is known as the earliest of India's
The places around Agra are a perfect solution for soothing your senses and
lightening up your spirits. The Mathura-Vrindavan region forms an important
pilgrimage place for Hindus as it is closely associated with the birth and
childhood of Lord Krishna, an important deity in the Hindu religious
pantheon. Fatehpur Sikri presents another marvel of the Mughal architecture
and splendour. A trip to Agra remains incomplete if one doesn't visit these
places of interest surrounding it.
visit Taj Mahal....
The best months to visit are March and April. Summers are hot, winters are
cold, and there is a big difference between the temperature of the two