Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh, is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. Replete with palaces, showcasing intricate and alluring architecture, and elaborately adorned tombs, it is a popular tourist spot in the country. The mildly spicy Mughlai cuisine adds to the tourist appeal of the city. There are many magnificent Mughal-era buildings here, with some listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. People, who are planning a trip to these places, can avail Agra tour packages. Here are two of the most famous landmarks that can be explored while here:
Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is said to be built by him as a memorial to his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death left him heartbroken. The construction of the structure started in 1631 and took around 17 years to be completed. It is actually a mausoleum, where both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal were buried beside each other, making this place an epitome of eternal love.
Around 20,000 artisans from the country and abroad worked on this magnificent structure. Specialists were brought from as far as Europe for producing the exquisite marble sheets and pietra dura. Thousands of semi-precious stones and intricate calligraphy were used for adorning its walls. To visit this monument during Agra tours, a nominal entry fees has to be paid. There are various shops and stalls, offering miniature Taj Mahal replicas for visitors to keep as a memory.
Situated about 35 km from Agra, this fort-complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is ranked among the most-visited attractions in India. Considered as one of the important specimens of Mughal architecture, this monument boasts of a rich history and numerous incredible buildings. It was constructed by Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. Showcasing a blend of Mughal and Persian architectures, it is indeed a site worthy of a visit. To explore this regal complex, Agra tours can be taken between November to February as the regional weather during this period is quite pleasant.
Tourists can consider visiting these two places with their Agra tour packages to admire the city architecture and learn something about the culture.