About Agra

Agra is more famous for its Taj Mahal, build by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife (Mumtaz Mahal). At the of Mughal they also treated it as their Capital city.

Some of the historic monuments which will be covered in the day tour are:-

Taj Mahal

The most popular sight in Agra is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. An essential sight for all visitors to India, the Taj is one of the most achingly beautiful architectural achievements in the world, and is considered to be a symbol of enduring love. Shrouded in white marble the sheer elegance, purity and sentiment that are an integral part of the monument have touched the hearts of people from all corners of the world.

In addition to this, the city is full of other interesting monuments and architectural specimens as well. To begin with there is the Agra Fort that was constructed by Emperor Akabar in 1565 A.D and includes many other buildings like the Moti Masjid and Musanman Burj, where Shah Jahan is believed to have been imprisoned and died.

Then there is Itmad-ud Dual, the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Emperor Jehangir's father-in-law. It was built by Empress Noor Jehan and is exquisitely decorated with pietra dura inlay and latticed marble screens and is another fine example of Mughal architecture.

There is also the Chini Ka Roza which is the tomb of Afzal Khan, a Persian poet and minister in the court of Emperor Shah Jahan. The name of this monument is inspired by the bright glazed tiles that have been used to decorate it and enhance its beauty.

Around 10 km from Agra, lies Sikandra, the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar. This structure offers a unique combination of styles borrowing from Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and even Jain architectural conventions.

Then there is the famous Fatehpur Sikri, the location where Emperor Akbar began the construction of his new Capital city following the fulfilling of a prophecy of being blessed by a male heir. Fatehpur Sikri also houses the tomb of the Sufi Saint Salim Chisti of Sikri who had made the prophecy. The site is well known for its spiritual atmosphere and qawaalis and offers the perfect retreat into a place where time stands still.

Other than its great architectural richness, Agra is also well known for certain savories like petha that are particular to the city. Its varied arts and crafts include leatherwork, brass work, a range of precious and semi-precious stone jewellary, traditional gold embroidery, and marble inlay work. There are shopping areas to be found in every nook and corner with the indigenous markets selling things at lower prices than the state emporiums.

The climate in Agra is usually extreme and the best time to visit the city is between October to March. The languages spoken here are Hindi, English &Urdu The city of Agra offers such a rich, diverse and fascinating mix of culture, tradition, language and expression that most people who come here once end up returning to indulge in its special flavour. While there are beautiful places all over the world no one can argue with the sheer magic that the Taj exudes making it an unforgettable and cherished image forever.