Mehtab Bagh | Sight seeing place in taj mahal

Famous Tourist Places in Agra

Famous tourist Places in Agra

Best Places to Visit in Agra, India

Are you looking for best travel location to spend your holidays?

Then plan your trip to Agra, a land of masterpieces of Mughal architectures.

Plan your tour for one week and visit the best tourist places in Agra. I am damn sure that this trip will be a memorable holiday for you and your family.

Beauty of Architecture: Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal is ivory-white marble iconic doomed Mughal Mausoleum that standing majestically on the south bank of the Yamuna River, Agra, India. I hope that you are already aware that Taj Mahal is one among the wonders of the world. Taj Mahal is built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jagan for the memory of his Wife Mumtaz Mahal in the year 1953. Taj Mahal stands as the symbol of Love and mastery of civil artworks or the beauty of architecture. Taj Mahal attracts nearly 7-8million people on every year.

Taj Mahal has lots of secrets and eye-catching fantabulous artworks. The mausoleum encompasses 17hectare (42 acres) of Land that includes the mosque, Garden, guest house. UNESCO designated Taj Mahal as world heritage center in the years 1983. Taj Mahal is constructed with the precious white marbles and gemstones. It took 22 years to complete the construction with the help of 22000 workers and more than 1000 elephants. This costs around 32million rupees at the time of construction, which is in 2016 would be approximately 53billion rupees.

Some facts, myths, and mystery about Taj Mahal

  1. It might be wrong but still, it is a most famous myth about Tajmahal:

Shah Jagan wanted that the Taj Mahal should be the masterpiece for the world without an equal. So, he severed the hands and gouged the eyes of the workers who had worked on the Taj Mahal constructions. But the truth is we don't have any records or pieces of evidence to support and prove the story.

  1. Cenotaphs

The heart of this palace-like shape is the Taj Mahal Tomb, which contains the wonderful cenotaphs representing the occupants of the tomb, Shah Jagan, and his spouse Mumtaz. A monument is a place that is empty and meant to symbolize the humans who've been buried. The real bodies of them are buried in the room quiet room below, at garden level. Each cenotaph is elegantly carved and decorated with semi-treasured stones.

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  1. Plan for Black marble Taj Mahal

 There was another myth that Shah Jagan wanted to build an identical Taj Mahal with black marble across the Yamuna river. But that plan got half after he was deposed by his son.

  1. Change of the color throughout a day

The hue of the Taj Mahal is changed from the dawn to dusk depending on the sunlight. It may seem pearly gray and light crimson at dawn, astounding white at noonday, an orange-bronze whilst the sun sets and seem translucent blue in the evenings.

  1. The minarets were built tilting outwards

The minarets were built tilting outwards to protect the tomb during the earthquake and natural calamities.  To ensure that the minarets won’t fall on the major dome during the disaster.

  1. Interior of Taj Mahal

Interior of the Taj uses 28 precious, semi-precious and very rare stones to inlay works.  These inlay works are capable of blinding any kind of goblin.

  1. Optical Trick in Taj Mahal

The architecture of build with a splendid optical illusion trick. It seems like getting smaller when you move closer to the Taj Mahal, and grow bigger and bigger when you move away from the Taj Mahal.

  1. Taj Mahal is for sale

Do you know that the Tajmahal was once sold by Indian con man named Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava well known as Natwarlal. Believe that he managed to sell Tajmahal, red fort, Rashtrapathi Bevan (President House) and extremely he also sold the Parliament house along with 545 sitting MPs (Member of Parliment).

Visiting hours

Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. There is no specific time limit to the visit the Taj Mahal. Generally, it opens from sunrise to sunset.

Ticket prices in Taj Mahal:

Tickets are available at Taj Mahal Western Gate, Taj Mahal Eastern Gate, and Taj Mahal Southern Gate. There will be separate queues for Foreigners and Indian tourists.  Fees: Rs 1000 for foreign tourist

Fees: Rs 1000 for foreign tourist

          Rs 530 for tourist from SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries

          Rs. 40 for Indian tourists.

No entry free for the children aged below 15 years for both foreign and domestic tourists.

E-ticket booking is also available. For online booking visit the official site:

http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/ticketing.html

Festival in Taj Mahal: TAJ MAHOTSAV

The Taj Mahotsav is a 10 days festival held yearly at Shilpgram, close to Tajmahal. Taj Mahotsav at Agra is a socially energetic stage that unites the finest Indian Crafts and social subtleties. This celebration recollects the memories of the old Mughal time and nawabi style predominant in Uttar Pradesh in the 18th and 19th century. Around 400 craftsman's from various parts of India get a chance to show their artwork. These includes paper mash paintings from Kashmir and South India, zardozi and marble work from Agra, wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu and Saharanpur, bamboo stick work from North East India, zari and silk work from Banaras, handmade floor coverings and stoneware from Bhadohi and Khurja respectively, marble and zardozi work from Agra, rugs, scarfs, and shawls from Kashmir/Gujarat, hand printing from Farrukhabad and etc.,. The celebration begins with a street parade of Drum players, artists, trumpet players, artisans from various parts along with enlivened elephants and camels like the triumph parades of Mughal heads and warlords.

Taj mahotsav | Famous tourist places in agra

 

Artists from throughout India participates in the events to display their art and craftsmanship. Every year the Taj Mahotsav is celebrated with the unique theme. In 2017, it is celebrated with the theme of "In the shadow of Heritage". Through this topic, the entire legacy of the zone which gives a scenery to the celebration is focused.

For more details Taj Mahotsav

 

Tourist Places Near to Taj Mahal

Tourist Places List Near to Taj Mahal

Here I have given the most popular tourist places list near to the Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Agra.  It is built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. We can say it as an example of architecture built by a red sandstone. It is just 2.5km away from Taj Mahal. It stands in glory with its mighty structure on 380,000-square-metre (94-acre) land that protected by 70feet high walls. Agra fort has four gates.

Agra Fort- Entry:

The Entry is allowed through the Amar Singh gate only. Rest of the gates are closed. Some of the portions of this fort are used by the Indian army, so that area is prohibited for the visitors.

Ticket Prices

Rs.550 for foreign tourist and Rs.40 for Indian tourists. No entry fee for children below 15years (both foreigners and domestic visitors)

For more Information about Agra for visit: http://www.agrafort.gov.in/indexNew/index.html

 

Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra

If you are planning to visit Akbar Tomb, then I am sure that you are going to the masterpiece of Mughal architecture. Agra is stand out amongst an essential basis of Mughal power, it is home to a portion of the finest cases of Mughal architecture. Akbar's tomb is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture. It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is spread over 119acres of land in Sikandra, Agra. The tomb building is a four-layered pyramid, surmounted by a marble structure containing the false tomb. The genuine tomb is in the basement of the other mausoleum. The structures are developed principally from a dark red sandstone, enhanced with highlights in white marble.  Akbar tomb is just 14km away from Taj Mahal.

Ticket Price:

20Rs for Indian visitors

25Rs for the visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries.

Foreigners: Rs.210

 

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri is the most popular city in Agra district. The city was created by Akbar in the year 1569 and he made the city as a capital of Mughal empire in 1571. In 1985 Akbar changed the capital to another place. In the regime of Akbar, he took a great interest in planning and building the Fatehpur Sikri city. You can find Mughal and Persian blended style of architectures.

Fatehpur sikri | World Heritage center

Fatehpur Sikri is 42km away from Taj Mahal, Agra.  Fatehpur Sikri has covered the 3km length and 1km wide and bounded by the 6km fortified wall on the three sides and river on another side. There are so many halls, palaces, mosques, tombs etc.,

Places to visit in Fatehpur Sikri:

Diwan-i-Khas: Hall: Diwan- I- Khas was a royal chamber of Akbar where he had discussions with the representatives of different religions. It is very famous for its central pillar.

Diwan I Am: Hall: It is used by Akbar to meet the public audience. It is next to Sultana house.

Panch Mahal: It is one of the fascinating and five-layered structures in the Fatehpur. It was the place where the royal ladies and mistresses lived. You can get a panorama view from the top floor.

Tomb of Salim Chisti: Salim Chisti tomb is in the middle of the country yard at Fatehpur. It is the burial place of the famous Sufi saint Salim Chisti (1478 – 1572) who foretold about the birth of Akbar’s son.

Other places in Fatehpur Sikri

Birbal's House (Akbar’s favorite minister’s house), Hiran Minar (Elephant Tower), Naubat Khana(Drum House), Mariam-uz-Zamani's Palace (building of Akbar's wife),  Hujra-i-Anup Talao (Turkish Sultana's House: residence of Akbar's Muslim wives), Ibadat Khana, Jama Masjid, Darogha's Quarters, stables,  Buland Darwaza, Taksal (mint), Khazana (Treasury),  Daftar Khana (Records Office), Caravan Sarai, Karkhana (royal workshop), Hammam (Turkic Baths), Hakim's quarters etc.,

Ticket Prices:

Indian visitors & visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries: Rs 40

Foreign visitors: Rs 510

No entry fee for children aged below 15years

 

Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb

Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb is just 10km from Taj Mahal. Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb is also called Baby Taj Mahal. It is a draft of the Tajmahal. We can see the resemblance of the Taj Mahal over here.  It can also be described as Jewel box. The tomb was built in the years between 1622 to 1628. The tomb was constructed by the Nur Jagan, The wife of Famous Mughal Emperor Jahangir. She constructed the tomb for her father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg, who was originally a Persian official. Mirzā Ghiyās Beg had been given a title of “I'timād-ud-Daulah” that means a “pillar of the state”. He also a grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of emperor Shah Jagan.

It is built of white marble and decorated with precious gems. The interior of the tomb inherited the designs of the Taj Mahal. The walls with the white marbles are decorated with the artworks using semi-precious stones such as cornelian, jasper, onyx, lapis lazuli, and topaz. Even though it is smaller than its counterpart Taj Mahal, it has a grandeur inlay work which surely mesmerizes you.

Ticket prices:

Rs. 20 for Indian visitors

Rs. 25visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries

Rs. 210 for Foreign visitors

No entry fee for children aged below 15years

 

Ram Bagh, Agra

Ram Bagh is one of the oldest and well-established Mughal garden in India. Initially, the work started by the Mughal emperor Babur in the year 1528. Babur was temporarily buried in Ram Bagh, before his body taken to the final resting place at Kabul.

Ram Bagh is the oldest Mughal Garden in India, originally built by the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1528, located about five kilometers northeast of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Babur was temporarily buried there before being interred in Kabul. The park is constructed to engage the sovereign's visitors and to give break from the warmth, tidy and hot winds of Agra, which the ruler discovered hard to withstand.

Walk around this safe house from the warmth with manicured yards, raised sandstone stages, and tree-lined roads.

Ticket prices

Rs. 15 for Indian visitors and visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries

Rs. 200 for Foreign visitors

No entry fee for children aged below 15years

 

Mehtab Bagh

The Mehtab Bagh,”( Translated as Moonlight Garden)” was the last garden out the eleven gardens built alongside the Yamuna and opposite to the Taj Mahal, The first one was the Ram Bagh. The Mehtab Bagh was also built by Babur. Mehtab Bagh is the ultimate Taj Mahal viewing spot. The Mehtab garden was designed and constructed to the indistinguishable width of the Taj Mahal complex and is precisely aligned with the marble mausoleum. It is a Charbagh complex. In Hindi Char means four (4) and Bagh means garden. It was designed with four compartments with the perfect square shape. 

I have already mentioned about the rumor about black Taj Mahal, which is claimed to own had a foundation designed at the positioning of Mehtab Bagh.

Ticket prices

Rs. 15 for visitors from India and SAARC and BIMSTEC countries.

Rs. 200 for Foreign visitors

 

Wildlife Sanctuaries nearer to Agra

Wildlife Sanctuaries nearer to Agra

I hope that I have given enough details about the forts, gardens, tombs and other Mughal architectures in Agra.

Do you feel kind of bored about that???

No worries, there are lots of other nature made beautiful places, which helps give a deviation from these architectures.

So, it is time to visit the natural wonders. Are you ready??!!!!

Uttar Pradesh has rich wild life, where the wildlife is protected and preserved with the help of many sanctuaries.

Wildlife SOS

Wildlife SOS Bear Rescue & Elephant Conservation and Care Centre

It is the world largest bear rescue facility center. Now it is the home for more than 200 sloth bears which are rescued as dancing bears or from a horrible condition. More 30 rescued elephants are in elephant conservation center.

Wild life SOS| Bear rescue center agra Wildlife SOS | Elephant conservation center

Tour: Short trips are available.

Ticket price:  Rs 50 for Indians and Rs 500 for Foreigners

Rs 1500 per person for a 90minutes guided tour (**Please verify the ticket prices before planning your visit**)

30km from Taj Mahal

 

Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

It is well known as Keetham Lake. It is located 20km from Agra. The total catchment area of the lake is 7km. You can experience the 106 varieties of migratory birds. The entire lake gets covered by the birds like Cormorants, Wigeon, Lesser Whistling Teal, Cattle Egrets, Spon Bill, Shoveler, Large Egrets, Darter, white Ibis, Black necked Stork, Smaller Egrets, Common Teal, Gadwall, Indian Reef Heron, Ruddy Shelduck, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Bar headed Goose, Pintail, Comb Duck, Little Gerbs, Little Egrets, Spot Billed Duck, Greying Goose, Paddy Bird,Grey Heron etc.,

Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary | Agra Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary | Wildlife SOS

Phone: +91-562-2530091

Timings: 6.00AM to 6.00PM

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