On the banks of River Yamuna is the one of the world's most prominent tourist spots and also home to one of the seven wonders of the world. Welcome to the city of Agra, a religious and commercial centre of ages that is not only known for its Mughal art and architecture but also for its food and chaat. The historical city Agra has found its mention in the famous Hindu epic Mahabharata as the forest of Agraban close to Mathura. Badal Singh founded the city in 1475. Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. In the sources prior to this, Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans. In the sources prior, Agra has been referred to as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans.
TAJ MAHAL- A timeless classic that needs no introduction of its own. Known to have been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Inlaid in precious stones and marble, the structure is an epicenter of controversy as many people believe it to be the site of an ancient Hindu temple, 'Tejo Mahalaya'.
AKBAR'S TOMB- Located at sikandara, this place doesn't usually make it to the itinerary of tourists yet is worth paying a visit to. Under a 15km radius of the Taj Mahal, it houses the cenotaph of the unforgettable Mughal emperor 'Akbar The Great'. Serene and sublime the place houses Mughal architecture in its purest,a modest structure which isn't as magnificent as the Taj Mahal or Motion Masjid.
TOMB OF ITIMAD-UD-DAULAH- Ever heard of the 'Baby Taj'? Come visit what is rumoured to be the draft Taj Mahal, the tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah. Belonging to the first phase of Mughal architecture, it is the first of its kind Made of red sandstone and marble, commissioned by Nur Jahan.
MOTI MASJID (PEARL MOSQUE)- But by Shah Jahan, this mosque which once used to be a place of worship for royal members of the Mughal court is an architectural delight that lies in the compound of the famous Agra Fort. Made entirely of white marble, it's architectural style bears an remarkably uncanny resemblance to the St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow.
RAM BAGH- One of the earliest Mughal Gardens where the founder of the Mughal dynasty was temporarily laid to rest before taken to his final resting place Kabul, Babur.
MEHTAB BAGH- A little known prime viewing spot of the Taj Mahal that exists opposite to the monument on the shores of the river Yamuna. Mehtab Bagh, a centuries old garden complex, open to the public but little advertised about. Translated as Moonlight Garden, Mehtab Bagh is is estimated to have been built by Emperor Babur in the early 1500’s, as the ultimate viewing place of the Taj Mahal. The Mughal garden was built to the identical width of the Taj Mahal complex and is exactly aligned with the marble mausoleum
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