Agra, the word conjures a romantic image of the Taj Mahal created by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is the epitome of a cultural city, with many historical relics beginning from the Persian to the Mughal era. Interwoven with tombs, a trip to Agra is a treat, not just to your eyes, but to your senses as well. But hidden behind these beautiful monuments is a thriving industrial city getting richer by the day. Agra could just as well be a Mecca for shopaholics with marble artefacts, leather goods and silk fabrics available at dearth cheap rates.
Taj Mahal - Symbol of Love
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, as the mausoleum of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, after her death in 1631. The Taj Mahal is recognized worldwide as a symbol of eternal love. Built of white marble and surrounded by green gardens, the Taj Mahal is a breathtakingly beautiful sight. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO world Heritage site and is considered one of the wonders of the world and the supreme example of Mughal architecture in India.
Fatehpur Sikri - Treasure Revealed
Fatehpur Sikri is only 37 kilometers away from the Agra and the famous Monument City in Uttar Pradesh. This town is completely built in red sandstone and has been recognized as one of the world heritage site. Fatehpur Sikri presents the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture and at the same time Mughal architectural splendor. There are many exciting attractions in Fatehpur Sikri such as Buland Darwaza, Diwan-khanai-khaas, The Treasury, Turkish Sultana s House, Palace of Jodha Bai, Panch Mahal etc. Fatehpur Sikri also comprises of a numerous palaces, halls and Masjids in typical Mughal fashion.
In the centre of a peaceful garden at Sikandra, 4 km northwest of Agra, lies the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar. The mausoleum represents Akbars philosophy and secular outlook blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles.
To the north of the fort, on the opposite bank of the Yamuna lies the tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah, built in memory of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Jehangirs wazir. Also known as the baby Taj, it was the first Mughal structure totally built from marble and first to make extensive use of pietra dura. The place is the least visited of Agras three great monuments.