2 Places to Visit with Agra Tour Packages

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:

Taj Mahal

Agra-Taj-Mahal

Agra-Taj-Mahal

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.

Fatehpur Sikri

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.

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Visiting 3 Splendid Attractions with Agra Tour Packages

Mankameshwar Temple Agra

Mankameshwar Temple Agra

The city of Agra, home to the famous, white marble monument Taj Mahal, lies in the northern part of India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, this place was once the stronghold of the Mughals in the bygone era, with it being the capital of Emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Akbar. During their rule, these emperors built several buildings over here including Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Ram Bagh, Jama Masjid and I’timād-Ud-Daulah. Some of these monuments are UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, and thus receive hordes of visitors from across the globe, each year. These wonderful architectural masterpieces can be visited with most Agra tour packages. Besides these famous attractions, there are a few others that may not be known popularly but do have their own charm, which attract many avid travellers. Some of these places are Anguri Bagh, Birbal Bhavan and Mankameshwar Temple.

Anguri Bagh

Situated within the Agra Fort, Anguri Bagh (Garden of Grapes) was commissioned by Shah Jahan and its construction was completed in 1637. As the name suggests, it was used to plant flowers and harvest the choicest of grapes. It served as the private garden for the Mughal ladies, who spent their leisure time here. The garden is divided into different sections by intricate patterns, featuring a fountain at the centre that is encompassed by a marble paved platform. The Khas Mahal (or Private Palace) is located on one of its sides and on the remaining ones, red sandstone arcades have been built. To the northeast of the garden lies the hammams (or imperial bathhouses), which are decorated with beautiful wall paintings. The tanks located near the Jehangiri Mahal were the source of water supply to the hammams and fountain.

Birbal Bhavan

Birbal Bhavan in Fatehpur Sikri

Birbal Bhavan in Fatehpur Sikri

This structure is one of the highlights of Fatehpur Sikri that lies near the Jodha Bai Palace. There is no evidence as to who built it, but as per speculations, it might have been commissioned by either Birbal himself or Akbar. The monument is appreciated for its double-domed architecture and intricate designs that ensure that it remains cool during the hot summer months. The architecture of this structure is a beautiful blend of Persian and Mughal styles. Appreciating the beauty of Birbal Bhavan, a French author has said that it resembled a small jewellery box. This building is surrounded by lush green lawns and splendid gardens, and coming here with Agra tour packages is a great idea.

Mankameshwar Temple

This shrine, devoted to Lord Shiva, lies in the Rawatpara area of the city. The main sanctum of this temple houses an idol of the deity, and surrounding it are the idols of Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya, Maa Annapurna, Maa Gaura, Nandi Gadd and Ardhanarishwar. In addition to the main sanctum, there are various other shrines inside the complex that house idols of deities like Hanuman, Krishna, Rama, Ganga, Gayatri and Kaila Devi. As per beliefs, Lod Shiva promised that anyone who prays at this temple and wishes for something will get it. Therefore, the shivalinga in the premises is also referred to as Shri Mankameshwar Nathji.

Accommodation

To visit these splendid sites or the other popular ones, travellers can stay for a few days, either in the 5-star properties or budget hotels in Agra, as per their preference, location and budget. These establishments are dotted across the city, and with the help of their travel desks, tourists can visit all the above-mentioned attractions quite easily.

So, on a tour to this old city with Agra tour packages, travellers not only can witness the major attractions the place is known for, but also the ones that are less popular compared to them.