Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
A pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soastone by craftsman who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Agra was once the capital of the Mughal empire and even today it seems to linger in the past . Not surprising , for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world . It is very easy to slip away here through the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the Mughal court .
|Taj Mahal Agra - Dream Trip to Agra
Agra, the teeming city on the banks of the river Yamuna ...a city best remembered accross the world for the Shimmering White Jewel -The Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal which is essentially one man's monumental testimony to love has became synonymous not only with this city, but with India as a whole.
Your encounter with the Taj Mahal is made further memorable with the City Linkers-Comprehensive Same Day Return Shatabadi Trip From Delhi.
This dream trip is replete with elegance, grandeur and style. Just step into the Shatabdi Express, for the fastest surface journey to Agra. This fully airconditioned luxury train will take you to Agra in less than 2 hours, a few minutes after you have finished your breakfast, served to you with an impeccable service.
At Agra, wonder at the magnificent architecture of the Taj Mahal, and the Agra Fort; shop around at numerous emporiums for exquisite handicrafts, leather goods, beautiful marble inlay with intricate floral designs.
Relax & unwind over a luxurious lunch at a five star hotel.
After lunch visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms from Agra and in the evening board the Shatabdi Express and reach back Delhi -refreshed instead of tired and with a palpable feeling that Agra is indeed a city... where the past lives and breathes with the present!
PLACES TO SEE IN AGRA
Taj Mahal -
Agra Fort, Agra India Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj-Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Agra Fort -
Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort Is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-E-Am, Diwani-E-Khaas and Musanman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment beside Jahangirs place, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.
Itmad - Ud - Daula -
To the north of the fort and across the river yamuna are several fine examples of mughal architecture. The itmad -ud -daula was build by the empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, is beautifully ornamented with pietra dura inlay and lattice work marble screens.
Chini Ka Rauza -
The tomb of Afzal khan, the persian poet and minister at Shah Jehan's court gets its name from the brightly coloured glazed tiles that decorate it, lies just 1km beyond itmad-ud-daula.
Sikandra Fort -
12km the tomb of Akbar, begun by the emperor himself and completed by his son, Jehangir. This richly decorated structure is a quaint mixture of styles.
Radhaswamy Satsang, Dayalbagh
This highly ornate memorial to the founder of the Radhaswamy satsang has been in the making for several years and is still being worked upon. It is entirely in marble, upon which every manner of ornamentation has been applied.
EXCURSIONS FROM AGRA
Ram Bagh -
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra India The great Mughal emperor Babar laid out this earliest example of a Mughal garden. It is said that his body was buried here before place in Kabul.
Jama Masjid -
This imposing mosque was built in the name of Jehanara Begum, Shah Jehan's daughter.
Fatehpur Sikri -
A royal city perfectly preserved, Fatehpur Sikri provides a marvellous escape into the past . Akbar embarked on the construction of a new capital here when a prophecy of the birth of a male royal heir, by the Sufi saint Salim Chisti of Sikri, came true.