Agra – Beacon’s Love

Population:  1,686,976
Average Climate

Summer: 23°C – 45°C
Winter: 08°C – 20°C

Best Time to visit:January to December

Tourist Attraction In Agra
Located in Uttar pradesh on the banks of the River Yamuna, 363 kilometers west of the state capital, Lucknow and 200 kilometres south of the national capital New Delhi, city of Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal & is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, renowned for its beauty and historical significance. The city is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where it was called Agrevaṇa (‘the border of the forest’). Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king, who’s fort Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present Agra fort. Agra city is like a medieval one with narrow lanes and colorful shops. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal era buildings.
Agra is famous for leather goods, beautiful carpets, gold and silver jewelry and handicrafts, such as zari zardozi, marble and stone carving and inlay work. The city is also known for its popular sweets such as petha and gajak and savory snacks like dalmoth.

Places Of Interest

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal : In terms of design the Taj Mahal marks the summation of Mughal Architecture. Its proportions are stunningly simple. Its height of its façade is equal to the height of the bulbous double dome above it. It was built between 1631 and 1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, the plan owes much to Humayun’s tomb in Delhi. It is believed to have been designed by Ustad Ahmad Lahori, a master architect. White marble, brought from Makrana 300 Kms away in Rajasthan, adds to its ethereal beauty.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It’s an image of the Islamic Garden Paradise, an enduring monument of love continually fulfilling beauty in white marble. To the poet Tagore it was “A Tear Drop in the face of eternity”.
Agra Fort
Agra Fort : Agra Red Fort was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure. Several Mahals, which were built afterwards, converted half of the structure into a magnificent palace. The Red Fort is situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on the banks of Yamuna River. It is known as Red Fort because it is built of a kind of red sandstone. Within this Fort there lies some of the most exquisite architecture of the Mughal Period; like the Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Jahangiri Mahal. The Red Fort in Agra encompasses a radius of three kilometers and is bordered by a wall, which is 70 foot tall. Two walls made of red sandstone surround the fort.
Itimad- ud- Daula
Itimad- ud- Daula:The Mausoleum of Etimad ud Daulah was built by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir. It is also called the “Baby Taj”, as its unique architectural style was later replicated in the world-famous Taj Mahal. Itimad-ud-Daula was father-in-law and a principal minister to Emperor Jahangir. Nur Jahan, Jahangir’s queen, undertook the construction of her father’s tomb (1622-28) using white marble inlaid with colored stone.
Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri :Fatehpur Sikri or ‘the City of Victory’ is a fortified city in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It was founded in 1569 by the Great Emperor of the Mughal dynasty Akbar. The palace city atop a rocky ridge, confined within walls on its three sides and a lake in the foreground, was designed by Tuhir Das using Indian principles of art. The structures in the city have been designed following the styles of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architecture, using red sandstone, which is also called as ‘Sikri sandstone’.
The great Emperor Akbar had no heir. He visited many places offering prayers and seeking blessings of saints. On one such endeavor he was blessed by a Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti in the village Sikri and the saint foretold that the emperor will be blessed with a son. After birth of his son the Emperor showed his gratitude by building a city in the honor of the Sufi Saint and named it Fatehpur Sikri. “Fateh” in Persian language means “victory”.