Amazing attractions in Agra, India | Private jet charter
Located in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is best known as the home to the iconic Taj Mahal. This extraordinary marble mausoleum attracts millions each year, but there’s more to Agra than Shah Jahan’s homage to his favourite wife. From ancient forts to the hectic bazaars of the Old City, Agra has many historic buildings dating from the Mughal era.
Constructed between 1631 and 1648, the Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum for Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Sited alongside the Yamuna River, the iconic building is UNESCO listed and made of white marble inlaid with precious stones. The impressive dome looks down over the reflecting pool and the building is especially noted for its symmetry. Arrive at dawn to avoid the crowds.
Mehtah Bagh Garden
If you’d rather avoid the crowds at the Taj Mahal, yet still get a good view of this iconic masterpiece, head for the beautiful gardens of Mehtah Bagh. Located directly opposite the Taj on the banks of the Yamuna River, this 25-acre Mughal garden has been restored to its former glory and is open to visitors until sunset. For a closer view of the Taj, walk along the adjacent riverbank.
Located about 1.5 miles west of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort is a World Heritage site and was completed in 1573. It served as the main residence for Mughal emperors until 1638 when Shah Jahan moved the capital to Delhi. The red sandstone fort spreads across an area of 3km and is protected by a 70-ft wall. Many of the original buildings have been destroyed but those remaining include: the Pearl Mosque, the Sheesh Mahal, Khas Mahal, and the Diwan-E- Am.
A well-preserved ghost city of monuments and temples, Fatehpur Sikri is located 25 miles west of Agra and was built between 1569 and 1585. Originally destined to be the country’s joint capital with Agra, the city was abandoned early on due to its inefficient water supply. Stunning examples of Hindu and Muslim architecture are here, including the Jama Masjid, one of India’s biggest mosques.
No visit to Agra is complete without a visit to the colourful markets in the streets behind the Jama Masjid, near Agra Fort. Hugely popular with both locals and tourists, bring your curiosity, and be prepared to discover all manner of spices, jewellery, household wares, food stalls, marble work, gold and silver work and extraordinary wedding clothing and accessories.
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