Capital of the Mughal empire for more than a hundred years, Agra is home to some of the finest architectural achievements of this remarkable dynasty. As such, it forms the third apex of the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist itinerary that takes in some of India’s famed architectural highlights.
Agra is situated along the banks of the Yamuna River and most of its historical monuments overlook this waterway. By far the best known of Agra’s attractions, the Taj Mahal is set high on a hill above the river.
Further down the river’s banks is the renowned Agra Fort, as well as a selection of other fascinating tombs and mausoleums. Agra reached the peak of its magnificence during the 16th century and the ruins of its ancient city can be seen on the eastern banks of the Yamuna. Rich in history and culture, Agra is now an industrial and commercial centre, as well as a popular tourist destination. Sprawling and overcrowded, the city provides an intense Indian experience, with busy forts, tombs and mausoleums, as well as bustling chowks or bazaars.
- Stand in awe of the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Go slightly off the beaten track and visit the historic town of Fatehpur Sikri (with its beautiful Fort Palace), which is an hour’s drive from Agra.
- Marvel at the red sandstone structure of the renowned Agra Fort and take note of its extensive marble and pietra dura inlay. You will also have the opportunity to view the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e-Am and Diwan-e-Khas (halls of public and private audience), Jehangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (Mirrored Palace), and Musamman Burj, which are also a part of the Fort.
- Be sure to make a stop at the Tomb of It I’timād-ud-Daulah, often regarded as a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tomb is set in a magnificent garden on the east bank of the river Yamuna and stands on a plinth of red stone.
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