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Agra

Located on the western bank of the Yamuna River, the city of Agra, founded in 1504 by Sultan Sikander Lodi, was besieged in 1526 by Babur the first Mughal Emperor. During the mid 16th and 17th centuries Agra, by now the Mughal capital, witnessed a remarkable spate of expansion and architectural development as each successive emperor tried to outdo the last. As a result, Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan have all left behind an impressive legacy of Mughal masterpieces.  Most notable is The Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love.

This marble mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz.  Considered one of the world’s most impressive architectural wonders of the world, it took approximately nearly 20 years to build and with its symmetry, intricate design, sculptured gardens and sheer scale – it really is the jewel in the crown of the Mughal empire.

Firmly on the tourist trail, Agra forms part of the golden triangle along with Delhi and Jaipur.  Steeped in history and replete with several World Heritage Sites, this city is a must.  Along with the famous Taj Mahal the 16th Century Agra Fort is an exceptional sight to behold.  Constructed of red sandstone this fortress houses, several beautiful palaces and mosques.  It was both a show of military strength and the royal residence of Akbar the Great.

Often referred to as the baby Taj, Itimad ud Daulah is an exquisite Mughal mausoleum of a Persian nobleman.  The mausoleum is arguably considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal, being the first monument constructed entirely of marble, heralding in the new era of Mughal architecture.

Aside from all of the impressive mausoleums, expansive fort and monuments, Agra is also home to several parks and gardens.  As such it is well worth a visit to Mehtab Bagh, especially as one of the best vantage points from which to view the Taj Mahal, at the main fountain you will see the gardens are perfectly aligned with the ones at the Taj.

Just outside of the city Fatehpur Sikri is an awe inspiring deserted palace city that is not to be missed.  Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, this city of victory is a true monument to empires past

Itineraries in Agra

A Jungle Journey

Ranthambore, Agra, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench

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Essential India – The Golden Triangle & Beyond

Delhi, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jaipur, Agra,

Family India – The Golden Triangle & Hill Stations Of The North

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shimla,

Heart & Soul Of India – The Golden Triangle And Beyond

Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra

Greaves India Jal Mahal Itineraries

Jewels Of India – The Golden Triangle & Beyond

Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, Delhi

Greaves India Taj Mahal Jewels of India the golden triangle beyond

Northern Sights & Nepalese Heights

Delhi, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara

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The Heart Of India

Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Orchha, Bhopal, Indore, Maheshwar, Mumbai

Hotels in Agra

ITC Mughal – Agra

Mela Kothi – Chambal Safari Lodge, Agra

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

The Oberoi Amarvilas pool at night

Trident, Agra

Trident, Agra lobby
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