Although entirely associated with the wondrous Taj Mahal, Agra city is thronged by tourists from all over the world. Located comfortably in the state of Uttar Pradesh, around 200 km from Delhi, the capital city of India, Agra is presently one of the 75 districts of the UP state.
This ‘tourist town’ is picturesquely positioned on the banks of the river Yamuna. Regular visitors know that the city pose an ideal amalgamation of rich history and contemporary development. No wonder it makes for a must visit tourist hotspot for all.
A beautiful town held great significance between the period 1556 and 1658, Agra houses 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites:
- Fatehpur Sikri – The Mini City
- The widely renowned Taj Mahal
- The Dictatorial Agra Fort
Agra is beleaguered by architectural marvels constructed in white and red stone. It also boasts of delectable food culture and a wide range of shopping regions. Tourists can expect a wide range of places to for sightseeing in and near Agra.
Listed below are some of the best reasons Agra must be the next place you should visit on your next trip:
Home to a World Wonder
Agra is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This is definitely one of the best reasons to visit this city. The Taj Mahal is a beautiful symbol of love. It also flaunts the rich Indian history and architecture. Tourists love to visit the marvel in marble. Although centuries’ old, this exquisite construction has been enticing tourists with its enthralling beauty.
Taj Mahal was built during the rule of Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor. It is home to the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The empress had died giving birth to their 14th child. The incredibly beautiful dome-shaped edifice has inspired reverence and awe from all across the globe.
Chini Ka Rauza
The rare exquisite location boasts of one of the supreme specimens of glazed tile work across the globe. It serves as the tomb of Allamal Afzal Khan Mullah, the scholar and poet who also served as the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, the great Mughal Emperor. The monument is also one of the best unique examples of Mughal architectural masterpieces in Agra. The dome style structure built un-proportionally is a visual treat.
Emperor Shah Jahan spent his last days here. Musamman Burj is located within the Agra Fort. It is an exquisite structure constructed of pure white marble. It is definitely a worth visit for all tourists on a Taj Mahal holiday tour. The location is known to be one where the emperor spent the last days of his life. His daughter Jahanara was also with him.
Initially, the structure was built for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Akbar the Great had constructed a small marble palace here. Jahangir pulled it down. The monument is widely revered for its intricate work and striking design.
A Unique Culinary Experience
The city of Agra will treat you with delicious delicacies. It is true that the city boasts of a rich history and architecture. However, the tourists here love to dig into a wide range of mouth-watering dishes. This culturally rich site is replete with some amazing options for all kinds of cuisines. One of the must haves here is the indigenous sweet variety referred to as Agra Petha.
This delightful dessert is meticulously prepared from sugar and ash gourd. Make sure you pack some of these to home on your next visit. Panchhi Petha is the most famous variety sold here. Make sure you reach out to an authentic retailer.