Planning to go Agra for weekend, Here is the List of Best Tourist places in Agra

Agra is a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and it is widely recognised as one of the most artistically inspiring cities globally. Agra is culturally rich destination. People think Agra is just for Taj Mahal. But, it is an enthusiast place that would put you in awe. Agra was the capital of the great Akbar. Agra is major tourist's attraction Taj Mahal, The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri three of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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In Agra there are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra's days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. TajMahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides being the pride of India. In fact all the monuments of Agra, India have contributed to Agra Tourism.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Agra

There are many tourist places in Agra that showcases the beauty of the place and offer an unforgettable travel experience. Below are some Tourist attraction places :

Taj Mahal (One of the Seven Wonders of the World)


Taj Mahal

Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned this flawless poetic & romantic marble structure in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz. It took just about 22 years to build it. An essence of love, it made use of the services of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. It was built totally out of white marble, which was brought in from all over India and central Asia. After an expenditure of approximately 32 million rupees.

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The Taj Mahal was finally finished in the year 1653. However, the history of Agra Taj Mahal of India still has some gaps. Their real tombs are in an underground room of the Taj Mahal. The two ornamentally decorated tombs on the ground floor, protected by the dome of the Taj Mahal are part of the stylistic design of this beautiful monument in Agra India.

Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.No matter how many times you’ve been here, it will leave you mesmerized with its intricate carvings and architecture.

Entry Fees (Weekdays except Friday)

Domestic Adult Vistor : Rs. 50
SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitor : Rs. 540
Foreigner Visitor : Rs. 1100


Fatehpur Sikri


Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri or 'the City of Victory' is a fortified city in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It was founded in between 1571 and 1584 by the Great Emperor of the Mughal dynasty Akbar.The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. Fatehpur Sikri an extension of the upper Vindhyan ranges is situated on the bank of a large natural lake, which has now mostly dried up. It is a pre-historic site and, with abundant water, forest and raw material.

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Some locals were enjoying their afternoon siesta while we visited Salim Chisti’s dargah, one of the places to visit in Fatehpur Sikri. Loud music filled the air. Looking around at the edifices, palaces and assembly halls sparkling in red against the blue sky.There was the Jami Masjid and the Imperial Palace complex with more than fifteen monuments that included the Diwani i Aam or the public enclosure, Daulat Khanna or the Abode of Fortune with the Dhiwani i Kaas , the Jewel House, the Anup Talao, Jodha Bhai’s palace, Birbal’s house among others.

Entry Fees (Weekdays except Friday)

Domestic Adult Vistor : Rs. 50
SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitor : Rs. 50
Foreigner Visitor : Rs. 610


Agra Fort


Agra Fort

Agra Fort is a world famous monument which has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is around 2.5 km northwards of world renowned. Agra Fort was begun by Akbar between 1565 and 1573. It is situated on the west bank of the Jumna River, about 2km upstream from the Taj Mahal. It took more than 4000 workers and eight years of hardship to complete the fort. Knowing the significance of its location, Akbar built the fort to make it the main residence of the Mughals. The fort remained as the main residence of the emperors belonging to the Mughal dynasty until the year 1638.

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The huge fort is spread in 94 acres or 380,000 square meters area. The fort is built in a semicircular pattern with its chord at the parallel with the river. Its walls are upto seventy feet high. There are four gates at four sides with one gate ‘Khizri gate’ opening towards the river. Out of these, two gates namely the ‘Delhi Gate’ and the “Lahore Gate’ are notable. The Lahore Gate is also known as ‘Amar Singh Gate’ on the name of Amar Singh Rathore.

Entry Fees (Weekdays except Friday)

Domestic Adult Vistor : Rs. 50
SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitor : Rs. 90
Foreigner Visitor : Rs. 650


Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb


Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

Itimad-ud-Daulah is a tomb that was built by mother of Shah Jahan. It has a very delicate architectural beauty. It is also referred to as a jewel box, Baby Taj and even a draft of the Taj Mahal. This tomb is famous for the stone inlay that is made out of wine glasses with perfect geometric structure. When you enter the monument, you would find a red stone arch that welcomes you to this baby Taj. This tomb was built between 1622-1628. The mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden, criss-crossed by water courses and walkways. The walls are white marble from Rajasthan, which are encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations like cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz.

Entry Fees (Weekdays except Friday)

Domestic Adult: Rs. 30
SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitor : Rs. 30
Foreigner Visitor: Rs. 310


Akbar Tomb


Akbar Tomb

An important architectural masterpiece of the Mughal Empire is Akbar's Tomb. It is a mausoleum that houses the mortal remains of King Akbar.The Tomb of Akbar the Great, simply known as Akbar’s Tomb, is a memorial and an important specimen of Mughal architecture built between the years of 1605 and 1613. It is located on the suburbs of Agra, called Sikandra. Materials used to build this tomb are Redstone and Marble. Tourists can see both Hindu and Islamic architectural style in this tomb.

Entry Fees (Weekdays except Friday)

Domestic Adult: Rs. 30
SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitor : Rs. 30
Foreigner Visitor: Rs. 300


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Famous Things in Agra :

Petha, Mughlai Food and Agra Food, Kinari Bazaar, local breakfast of Bedai / Kachori and Jalebi

Places Near Agra

There are many tourist places near Agra that showcases the beauty of the place and offer an unforgettable travel experience. Below are some Tourist attraction places :

1. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

(Distance from Agra : 57 Km )

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi is the most famous tourist attraction in Mathura, as this place is believed to the be the exact place where Lord Krishna was born and the prison where he was born is now on display for tourist to see. Mathura has many sites of both historical and religious significance.

Mathura's famous Brajbhoomi is divided into two distinct units. One being at eastern part of Yamuna, with places such as Gokul, Mahavan, Baldeo, Mat and Bajna; while western side of Yamuna covers entire Mathura region that comprises of Vrindavan, Govardhan, Kusum Sarovar, Barsana and Nandgaon.

2. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

(Distance from Agra : 71 Km )

Vrindavan

In Vrindavan Hindu deity Krishna spent his childhood, on the banks of the Yamuna river. The city of Vrindavan hosts hundreds of Lord Krishna and Radha temples scattered throughout, the most famous ones being Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple.

3. Bharatpur, Rajasthan

(Distance from Agra : 57 Km )

Bharatpur Bird Santuary

Bharatpur is a home to one of the world's best-known bird watching destinations, Keoladeo Ghana National Park (KNP). One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, which come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds.

In Bharatpur there are lots of ancient places and museum. The structure fuses the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture, creating a unique style of monument.

4. Deeg, Rajasthan

(Distance from Agra : 92 Km )

Deeg is a small town situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna started his parikrama from Goverdan and blessed Deeg with his auspicious presence in his path.This interesting town is strewn with massive fortifications, beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces, and a colorful bazaar.

About Agra

Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city.Mahabharata refer Agra as Agravana(an integral part of the Brij Bhumi or the land of Lord Krishna).

However, Agra was founded by 1475 by Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king. Sultan Sikander Lodi made Agra his capital in 1501 but he was defeated in battle of Panipat in 1526 by Emperor Barbur.In 1565 Emperor Akbar third in line to Barbur commissioned the magnificent Agra Fort. He was known as the building genius and structured several monuments around the centered Agra Fort. Between the mid of 16th and the 17th century, Agra’s popularity was at its zenith when it was under the rule of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. In this period when construction of Taj Mahal is also done.

In the year 1761, Agra came into the hands of Jat rulers who also looted some of the most beautiful temples of the city. While in 1770, it was under the reign of the Marathas, the British took over in 1803. After the revolt of 1857, Allahabad became the administrative province of the British and Agra was left on its own. This is when; it developed as a hub of heavy industry. Today Agra is a must-visit destination for all.

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