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4 Top Tourist Places To Visit In Agra
A city known for its ancient charm, Agra is a city in Uttar Pradesh (North India). It makes for a splendid picture in architecture and ambience. Glorified by Mughal-era structures and culture, Agra is nestled on the banks of the river Yamuna. Thronged by tourists all through the year, Agra is made up of some of the best known and beloved historic buildings in the world. The 4 best tourist places to visit in Agra (yes, Taj Mahal is at the top) are:
Built in the memory of Shah Jahan's queen Mumtaz Mahal, this monument of love need no introduction. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and holds an impressive aura around its opulence. Built of marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones, this monument is one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking buildings in all of India. Completely symmetrical and fascinating, you will find verses from the Koran inscribed on it and 22 small domes that indicate the number of years the imposing structure took to build. Decorated with precious stones and delicate inlay work, the Taj Mahal definitely takes pride of place in the list of things to see in Agra.
Sometimes called the Red Fort, the Agra Fort was commissioned by Akbar and is built out of red sandstone. Housing famous buildings like the Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Shish Mahal and Jahangir's Palace, this fort is truly a class apart when it comes to Mughal architecture. Glorifying a rich Mughal past that has influenced the present Agra culture, the Agra Fort is a place to visit if you are looking to soak in the classic historical aura of the city.
Akbar's latter capital, Fatehpur Sikri is an opulent structure, and is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Agra. Later abandoned by Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri flaunts an imposing Buland Darwaza, which was built to commemorate Akbar's victory over Gujarat. Built of red and buff sandstone and decorated with black and white marble inlay work, the Buland Darwaza and Fatehpur Sikri as a whole is a sight to behold.
Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra
The last resting place of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, this Tomb reflects his broadmindedness and elegance coupled with the grandeur of Mughal architecture. This red-ochre sandstone structure is beautifully crafted, with 99 names of Allah inscribed on the tomb. If you visit Agra, it would not do to skip visiting this opulent building as it is the cornerstone of one of the most important chapters of Mughal history.