Completed in 1653 A.D., The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his favourite Queen, Mumtaz. Finished in by Marvel, it is perhaps India most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monuments took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, Masons and Jewellers to built and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa, The Taj Mahal the bank of the Yamuna river. It can be observed like a Mirage from the Agra Fort from where Emperor Shah Jahan stared at it, for the last eight years his life as a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. It is a masterpiece of symmetry, Seeming to be floating in the air from a distance, and each revealed as an illusion experienced as one enters through the main gate. The verses of Holy Koran as inscribed on it and at the top of gate 22 small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to built. The Taj Mahal has been built on a Marvel Plateform that stands above a standstone one. The most elegant dome of the Taj, with diameter of 60 feets, rises 80 feets, over the building and directly under the dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's tomb has been irected next to her's by his son Aurangzeb. Fantastic Inley works using semi-precious stones decorate and interiors. Open Time : 6 A.M. to 7.00 P.M. (Friday is closed)
great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565 A.D.,
although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shah Jahan. The
forbidding exteriors of this fort hight an inner pardise. The fort is crescent shaped,
flattended on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. It has a total
perimeter of 2.4 k.m., and is ringed by double castellated ramparts of red sandstone
punctuated at regular intervals by bastions. A 9 mt. wide and 10 mt. deep moat surround
the outer wall.
The mausolumn of emperor Akbar represent his philosphy and secular outlook, combining the best of Hindu and Muslim architectures in a superlative region. Completed in 1613 A.D. by his son Jahangir, it is one of the well preserved monuments. This is the last resting place of the Mughal Empror Akbar.
Open Time : Sunrise to Sunset.
Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Approximately 15 km from Agra, on Agra-Mathura highway, an area of 4.03 sq km was declared a sanctuary under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 in 1990, seeing its ecological importance. This is the only representative Protected area in UP under Punjab Plains biotic province.
Values, flora and fauna: This wetland sanctuary situated
near Agra supports nearly 50000 waterbirds and a large and only heronry of breeding
waterbirds including rare birds like the Black-necked Stork. The Prosopis juliflora trees being the main
species of tree that support the mixed heronry. Apart from the waterbirds, there are many
species of woodland birds as well. More than 150 species of birds has been listed in this
The Sanctuary also supports a sizable number of Rock Python.
A Bharatpur in Agra, it is must see for the tourists visiting Agra.
|Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary|
is the tomb of Mirza Ghyas Beg, a persian who had obtained service in Akbar Court. The
Marvel tomb was made by Emperor Jehangir's Queen, Noorjahan, for his father Mirza Ghyas
Beg during 1622-1628 A.D..
Sikri is an epic in red sandstone. A city of yeasteryear, today lost in the mists of time.
Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D.. Mughal Emperor
Akbar had no heir. He visited holy men to enlist their prayers for his son. When he
visited Sheikh Salim Chishti who was living at the village of Sikri the saint foretold the
emperor that he would be blessed with a son. When is son was born, he is gratitude,
constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri. Later, due to sortage of water
and unrest in North-West, Akbar has to abandon this city. The beautiful marvel tomb of
Sheikh Salim Chishti still attract thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint.
Other renowned places are Dewane-e-Am, Dewane-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha
Bai Palace and Birbal Bhawan. Fatehpur Sikri is about 39 K.M. from Agra.
Radha Swami Samadhi
This is the head quarter of Radhaswami religion, here the holy ashes of the founder of the faith have been preserved. On the sprawing lawns here, is a beautiful marvel temple with beautiful carving of fruits, flowers, leavesand plants which have been reduced into stone true to nature, and are distinctive speciments of the plastic arts. This is under construction for almost 100 years.
Open Time : 9 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.
Taj Mahotsava (ShilpGram)
February, and it's springtime. The time of the year when nature dawns all its colourful
splendour and Agra bursts into colourful celebrations. For 10 days there is sheer
celebration of U.P.'s rich heritage of arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, dance and music.
Yes, it is Taj Mahotsav time again. There are festivities all around and Agra truly puts
on the colours of joy and gets transformed into one non-stop carnival. Organised by U.P.
Tourism and held as an annual event at Shilpgram, literally next door to the Taj Mahal,
the Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of mastercraftsman
and other exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, it is also a gentle peep
into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wounderful land. The festivities
commence with a spectacular procession inspired by mughal splendour. Bedecked elephanbts
and camels, drum beaters, folk artistes and mastercraftsmen... all help recreate a visual
delight reminiscent of the golden era of the Mughal Darbars.
CHINNI KA ROJA
This was constructed by Afzal Khan, A high official in the court of Shah Jahan. Decorated by glazed tiles on the facade, the structrure clearly depicts the Persian influence in architecture.
Open : Sunrise to Sunset
This uniqe tomb in red sandstone was built in 1611 A.D. a memory of Emperor Akbar's Goan christian wife Mariyam. The tomb has some exceptional carvings.
Open : Sunrise to Sunset
This building, with a rectangular open forecourt was constructed in 1648 A.D., by Shah Jahan's daughter, Jehanera Begum in memory of the famous Shiekh Salim Chistti and his grand son Islam Khan. Of perticular importants is its wounderful assimilation of Iranian architecture.
GURU KA TAL GURUDWARA
DIGAMBAR JAIN MANDIR
BATESHWAR (ABOUT 65 K.M.)
MATHURA (ABOUT 53 K.M.)
VIRNDAWAN (ABOUT 65 K.M.)
KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK (GHANA BIRD SANCTUARY) BHARATPUR (ABOUT 65 K.M.)
PATNA BIRD SANCTUARY (ABOUT 54 K.M.)
CHAMBAL SAFARI (ABOUT 80 K.M.)
Held at Kailash about 12 k.m. from Agra in the month of August/September. It is a major fair celeberated in honour of Lord Shiva who is belived to have appeared here in the form of stone Lingam.
It is held near Delhi Gate in July/August month.
A month long festival is held annualy during the month of November at the place called Bateshwar, Which is about 65 k.m. from Agra.
URS (FATEHPUR SIKRI)
This fair is organised at Sheikh Salim Chistti's Dargah during the month of Ramzan.