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Agra Sightseeing

Introduction
Agra tourism Here we have arranged Agra sightseeing information. It is the most important part of Agra tourism. Those who are visiting this historical city, will must undertake city tour. The sight of the "one in a million edifice", the Taj Mahal, promises to steal the heart away of every individual who catches a sight of it either under the golden sunlight or sparkling moonlight. Agra is one of those oldest living cities of India where the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort narrate the quaint culture of medieval era. Art, marble architectures, food and culture combine to make Agra attractions historically rich and beautiful. Apart from Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, other sightseeing spots in the city those are equally informative and marvelous.

Agra Sightseeing
Agra is a historical city and also known very well for his Mughal style architecture in and out the city. Most of the monuments, mausoleums and gardens are built by Mughals and some attractions as temple are also founded by others. Main tourist attractions of Agra are World Heritage Places like Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri etc. Agra has lots of sight seen as Monuments, Gardens, Temples and Markets. It is also popular for his cuisines with impression of Mughals and also traditional foods with some tempting sweets like Petha and Gajak.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is a symbol of love and romance of a Mughal emperor Shahjahan to his wife Mumtaj Mahal built in 1632 after the death of his wife. It is a mausoleum of ivory white marble and situated on the River bank of Yamuna. The Taj Mahal Name derives from the name of Mumtaj Mahal. It also means the crown Palace. The Taj Mahal covers an area of 42 acres in total. The entire Taj complex consist of five major constituents, namely Darwaza (Main gateway), Bageecha (Gardens), Masjid (Mosque), Naqqar Khana (rest house) and Rauza (Main Mausoleum). The Main Tomb of Taj Mahal stands on a square platform that was raised 50 meters.

Agra Fort
Agra fort is one of the famous tourist places near Taj Mahal, India. Situated near Taj Mahal, it was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Numerous additions were carried on in this fort, till the time of Shahjahan. A beautiful example of Mughal architecture made up of entirely of red sandstone, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fatehpur Sikri
It is a deserted city situated near Agra. Constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar, it was completed in the year 1584. Located 35 Km from Agra, served as a Mughal empire from 1571-1585. It's also one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites situated in Agra. It was constructed in the honor of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti. It is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends of Akbar and his famed courtiers, the nine jewels or Navratans, were born. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved examples of Mughal Architecture in India.

Sikandra Monuments
The tomb of Akbar, situated at Sikandra, is the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great and is only 13 km from the Agra Fort. The architectural style of this tomb is quite different from almost all the other tombs of the Mughals. This pyramidal tomb was completed by Akbar's son Jahangir in the year 1613 and has the 99 names of Allah inscribed on it.

Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb
Noor Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, got the Itmad-ud-Daulah's tomb constructed in between 1622 and 1628 AD. This is precisely because Itmad ud Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan and the father of Noor Jahan. It marks the departure from the red sandstone buildings of Mughal architecture.

Soami Bagh Samadhi
Soami Bagh, also known as Dayal Bagh, is the headquarters of the Radhasoami religious sect. This sacred place blessed with the Dayal Bagh Temple is a prime religious attraction about 15 km away from Agra and it draws huge flock of devotees everyday all through the year. Swami Bagh Samadhi, the construction of which started more than a century ago in 1904, continues till date. It is often touted as the next Taj Mahal, as a colorful combination of marbles and carvings in stone that are believed to be not seen anywhere in India. The monument holds the ashes of Huzur Swamiji Maharaj or Sri Shiv Dayal Singh Seth.

Ram Bagh
Build by Babur in 1528, Ram Bagh is the first Mughal garden in India. Located on the banks of river Yamuna, less than 3 km away from Taj Mahal, it was designed so that the wind from the river coupled with greenery would help maintain cool during the peak summer days. The original name of this garden was Aram Bagh or the Garden of Relaxation. The Rambagh Gardens or Bagh-i-gul Afshan as they are also known were established by Babur and later renovated by Nur Jahan, wife of Jahangir and one of the most influential Mughal empresses.

Mankameshwar Temple
In this Hindu temple, it is said that the Shivlinga is covered by silver metal and was founded by Lord Shiva himself during Dwapara era, when Sri Krishna was born in Mathura. About 2.5 km from Taj Mahal and less than 1 km away from Agra Fort is located one of the four ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva that stand on each corner of the Agra city. It is surrounded by the markets of the Mughal era gone by.

Mehtab Bagh
This is a garden complex located in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Located in Agra and on the banks of the Yamuna River, Mehtab Bagh is a Charbagh planned garden. The spaces inside the garden are equally portioned into separations. The square shaped picturesque land measures exactly 300 x 300 meters. There were several gardens built on the banks of the river during the Mughal regime in all the places to visit in Agra. This one was the last of them. It is believed that this garden was built under the aegis of Babur.

J K Cottage Industries
J.K. Cottage Industries is a great place if you are looking to buy marble inlay work, sandstone and soapstone items. Some things that you can purchase here are table tops, flower vases, plates, coasters, jars and boxes.

Sadar Bazar Shopping
Sadar Bazaar is one of the most famous shopping spots of Agra situated near the Agra Cantt railway station. Everything ranging from handicrafts, sweets, garments to leather bags can be found at a single place. Cafes such as Café Coffee Day too are situated near the market in addition to some delicious vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food joints.

Kinari Bazaar
Kinari Bazaar is located near Jama Masjid of Agra. It is the wholesale market of the city with a great history. This market is famous for its business with wholesalers and retailers. The Kinari Bazaar is home to a wide choice of handicrafts, along with marble, glassware, rugs, leather and textiles.

Shoe Market
This market is located in the area called Hing Ki Mandi. It is a very famous shoe market of the city. Since Agra is popular for its footwear industry, one can get a good pair of shoes at the market. One is likely to get a pair of shoes at reasonable price having good quality.

How to do Sightseeing
For Agra sightseeing, tourists often given first priority to cover UNESCO World Heritage sites i.e. Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. If visitor is having 02 full-days for Agra sightseeing then all these 3 prominent Agra tourist attractions can be easily covered. In Day 01, visit to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. These two attractions are very grand and beautiful so their sightseeing takes considerable time so allocate 01 full day for their sightseeing. Later in Day 02, visit to Fatehpur Sikri which is once again a grand town-ship with large number of well maintained red-stone buildings. In order to understand their great history, we highly recommend hiring service of a good guide. After covering them, guest may visit to other tourist places like Sikandra, Itimad-ud-daulah, Chini-ka-rauza etc.

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