Tourism in Agra

If you plan for vacation, come to the amazing tourism city of the Taj Mahal- Agra, India. India serves so many places for wondering and Agra is the best place to spend vacation. Agra is the city of Mughal rulers on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur; and the Uttar Pradesh heritage arc, tourist circuit of UP state, along Lucknow the capital of the state and Varanasi.It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In fact all the monuments of Agra, India have contributed to Agra Tourism.

History

History of Agra is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. The city was forts mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where it was called “Agrevana”. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the ruler of the Delhi Sultanate founded Agra in the year 1504.The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.  Shah Jahan later shifted his capital to Shahjahanabad in the year 1649. The post- Mughal era’s history of Agra saw the rules of the Jats, Marathas and Finally the British taking over the city.

Tourist Attractions

In Agra city, there are so many places for visitors to visit. We describe some place for you to know about them before visit there.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of the three World Heritage sites in Agra. The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, which was built by the Mughal King Shah Jahan in the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal, symbol of the devotion and dedication of love. Taj Mahal expresses the magnificence of Mughal architecture. The Taj has done wonders to Agra tourism.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is also known as Red Fort, in Agra. It was built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra’s world heritage sites. Built with red sandstone Agra Fort is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. Agra Tourism would be incomplete without this monument.

Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb

It is a tomb build with white marble in the typical Islamic style architecture. It was built by the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in the memory of her father Itmad-ud-Daulah. It happens to be one of the must visit monuments of Agra. Located on the left bank of the Yamuna River, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden, Criss crossed by water courses and walkways.

Akbar’s Tomb

Akbar’s Tomb reflects the completeness of his personality. The Tomb of the great Mughal emperor Akbar is worth visiting. Akbar’s tomb is a mixture of many architectural styles and completely different from earlier Mughal Building. The vast, beautifully carved, red-ochre sandstone tomb with deers, rabbits and languor is set amidst a lush garden.

Fatehpur Sikri

Famously known as the city of Ghosts, it was build the great Mughal Emperor. Fatehpur Sikri is a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins.

Shopping

Agra is also a best choice for shopping, because Agra has ethereal charms as a heritage city where history, traditions, colors and a unique energy can be experienced seeping out though its corners. Agra is also known for its flourishing bazaars, where the true cosmopolitan character of the city comes out in all its dimensions. The charm of Agra bazaar is something unique which cannot be missed.

There is variety of options for which one shop for in Agra. Besides the miniature, Taj as souvenirs, which are the obvious favorite, tourists can purchase stone handicrafts, apparels, shoes, spices, marble work, snacks, ethnic clothes, leather products etc.

Subhash Emporium

An old and venerable shop, the Subhash emporium is one of the best places in Agra to buy stone handicrafts and other carved products. The quality of the products and the workmanship speaks for itself and this also partially explains the high price of the items. But this is a great place to take away an endurable and beautiful stone product back home.

Sadar Bazaar

This is probably the best place to do shopping in Agra. Located close to both Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the market is famous for leather products, petha (sweets), garments and handicraft. Sadar Bazaar is also close to Agra Cantt. Railway station and opens at 11 AM in the morning and closes at 11 PM.

Kinari Bazar

Located behind the Jama Masjid, the Kinari Bazar is a busy thoroughfare of lanes and streets, exuding a charm of bright colors and hustling sounds. Walking through the Kinari Bazar is a unique experience in itself. One can shop for a variety of the products. From marble works to jewelry, spices, fabrics clothing, there are tremendously divers’ options. The market is crowded for most of the time, but nevertheless is a great place to be.

 

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