Visiting Agra – The Lifetime Experience
Agra’s historical role as one of the capital city of the Mughal Empire has gifted it the pride of enjoying and holding the typical tourist trail through India. Taj Mahal along with the wealth of other architectural relics that stand as testimonies to the previous grandeur of the Indian sub-continent are much visited and heavily photographed. No one could be forgiven for opting to forgo these enchanting masterpieces.
UNESCO designated the Taj way back in 1983. The pearly white mausoleum is now unsurprisingly touted by any Agra local tour guide. It occupies a spot on the banks of River Yamuna, the iconic natural vena cava of the city, where Shahjahan proposed another similar tomb but in black. But sadly, the project had remained unfulfilled.
If you plan to stay in Agra for a few days, consider visiting some other nearby places of interests. Few spots like the 16th century ruined metropolis of Fatehpur Sikri, colourful glass and bangles bazaar at Firozabad, etc. can be visited for a single-day excursion.
Agra is considered to be the prime location of Mughal Empire. It is better known for its construction during Mughal era, and the major highlight being the Taj Mahal. It has been recognized as one among the Seven Wonders of the World. Also, because of its aesthetic beauty, Taj Mahal is being renowned as world heritage site. Agra has bagged two more world heritage sites declared by UNESCO, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Taj Mahal at Sunrise
Along with the rising sun, the calmness of the morning, chorus of the birds and dew drops on the flowers make the view of the Taj Mahal heavenly. Visit the love mausoleum to understand the serene secrets of its architecture, beauty, calligraphy, gardens, etc. The leisure tour can be extended along with Agra Fort in Agra.
Agra Fort is another UNESCO declared heritage building built by the king of masses, Emperor Akbar. The fort is also commonly known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. The fort contains palaces splendidly crafted and built both in red sandstone and white marble. It speaks about the city’s richness and untold stories.
Taj Mahal at Full Moon Nights
It is one of the most romantic monuments in the world. To view Taj Mahal at night on full moon night is the incredible experience of the visitors, as the white marble mausoleum illuminates in the moonlight.
It remains open for five days in a month; two days before full moon and two days after full moon. Phones and any electronic or sharp object are not allowed. Only camera is allowed. No tripods/Second Lens and any other electronic device allowed. Foreign Travelers must carry your original passports. Time duration for the visit is half an hour (30 minutes). Tickets have to be booked 24 hours (1 day) before Night Viewing of the Taj.
Beyond the Taj Mahal
Agra is a major tourist destination situated on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Because of its Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, the city has been the place of major attraction.
The love mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal is the Seventh Wonders of the world declared by UNESCO. It is built for the purpose of the final resting place for his beloved wife. Finished in marble, it is indeed India’s most beautiful monument and is set amidst the lush landscaped gardens.
You can take the tour further up to Heritage Bazaars of Mughal era touched with today’s modernity. It can be a detailed tour including Jama Masjid, a mosque, built by Shahjahan’s daughter. From there you can visit and wander in the amazing wholesale betel leaf market, wholesale spice market, wholesale cosmetic market, Hindu Lord Shiva Temple Mankameshwar, and many more.
Indulging In Shopping Tour
You can make your Agra tour exciting by involving famous handicrafts shopping of Agra. Along with the Taj Mahal and magnificent Agra Fort you can see Marble inlay art, brass work, zardosi embroidery, etc. Get indulged in a shopping tour and be introduced to some of the city’s best shops, where international and nationals love to shop.
Enjoying customized tour for shopping in Agra can be utterly extravagant, or amazingly inexpensive. As Agra was the first capital city of Mughal Dynasty as well as it was connected by old silk route, hence traders settled here. Agra has many exciting places to buy textiles (fabric as well as readymade clothes), Mughal Royal style jewellery, shoes, bags, leather, hand knotted silk carpets, handicrafts, traditional and contemporary Indian art and curios, marble inlay arts. Best quality & 100% real Pashmina & Shahtoosh shawls of Kashmir are only possible to see here.