The magical enchantment of Taj Mahal draws thousands of tourists to this city. A city that bears the legacy of the Mughals; a city of mosques and mausoleums – Agra is a city where history speaks for itself.
You cannot ignore the allure of the Taj though, but there are a lot of things that you can do beyond visiting the Taj Mahal. Take a look:
1. Walk through the courtyards of the Agra Fort
One of the outstanding Mughal forts in the country, the Agra Fort is made of marble and red sandstone. Located on the banks of Yamuna, Emperor Akbar constructed this fort in 1565. His grandson, Shah Jahan made further additions using white marble. It was mainly built for military purpose but later, Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace.
2. Enjoy amazing views of the Taj from Mehtab Bagh
Originally built by Emperor Babur, this garden is a part of the series of 11 gardens on the east bank of Yamuna. Aligned perfectly with the other gardens in the Taj Mahal complex, this is the best place from where you can catch a great view of the marble mausoleum.
3. Explore the Khas Mahal
It was where Shah Jahan was imprisoned until his death in 1666. He was imprisoned in this white marble tower for about eight years. The Taj Mahal is clearly visible through the window of this palace. It is said that when Shah Jahan died, his body was carried in a boat to the Taj Mahal.
4. Visit Akbar’s Mausoleum
Located in Sikandra, just a few kilometres from the Agra Fort, this magnificent mausoleum commemorates Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor. The stunning gateway will lead you to this magnificent mausoleum made using marble and sandstone. Each corner of the mausoleum features three-storey minarets. The walls are decorated with intricate geometric patterns.
5. Don’t miss the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
This beautiful tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg is a must-visit for all. He was the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal and the Wazir (Chief Minister) of Jahangir. His daughter and wife of Jahangir, Nur Jahan built this tomb between 1622 and 1628. It may not match the grandeur of the Taj Mahal but the architecture is extremely delicate due to the marble lattice screens adoring the entire tomb. This is the first Mughal structure that boasts panels of pietra dura.
6. Shop at Kinari Bazar
From sherwanis to turbans and from kites to costume jewellery- there is nothing that’s not available in this bazaar. A paradise for the shopaholic soul, Kinari Bazaar has a huge collection of jewellery, embroidery works, lehengas and dresses.
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