The City of Love and Romance- Agra

Agra -The City of Love

Welcome to the best blog on Agra the city of love. Agra is one of India’s most famous tourist sites. It is well-known for possessing one of the world’s Seven Wonders, the Taj Mahal. Agra -the city of love is adored by both Indians and tourists who go here in huge numbers to see its beauty.Agra, together with Delhi and Jaipur, comprises India’s Golden Triangle of tourism. People normally visit Agra for a day or two to take in all of the sights.

This area has a lot of awe-factors, ranging from the indigenous delectable food to Indo-Persian architecture.Aside from its landmarks, Agra has several fascinating cuisine options. It is as well known for its Petha.  Petha is a pumpkin-based dessert scented with rose water and saffron as it is for the Taj Mahal. Agra is also famous for its marble artifacts, which are best purchased at the Sadar Bazaar or Kinaari Bazaar areas. 

Agra the city of love

 

 

How to Reach-Agra the city of Love? 

By Road:

Agra is well linked by state and highway buses to several cities and towns. The recently built Delhi-Agra Taj Expressway has significantly shortened travel time to the city. Thus making the trip itself a pleasurable experience.

By Rail:

Regular trains connect Agra to many other major cities of India.

Places to visit in and Near Agra-The city of Love

Agra is not just limited to the Taj Mahal but has a variety of different places in and near its boundaries. Here, I share a 3-day itinerary in which you can explore Agra the most:Also Read Romantic places in Goa

Day 1: 

 

Fatehpur Sikri- Must visit destination near Agra the city of Love

 

Reach Agra the city of love in the morning and hire a taxi or take roadways to the famous Fatehpur Sikri.It takes around 1 hour to reach Fatehpur Sikri from Agra and is a must-visit place if you are fond of historical and architectural places. You can even book a train ticket directly to Fatehpur Sikri Station.

Fatehpur Sikri, a city predominantly in red sandstone city 37 kilometers from Agra, was erected by Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Mohammad Akbar. He built it in honor of the famous Sufi mystic Sheikh Salim Chisti. Its 11-kilometer-long fortifications with walls on 3 sides. there is also a pond on the fourth provide a stunning view of the dawn and sunset.

The rhombus-shaped arrangement and architecture of its most building attractions, the mosque, the 3 palaces, and the gardens, are said to have been influenced by the Emperor’s passion for the arts and architecture.

Buland Darwaza or loft entrance, at Fatehpur Sikri, was constructed in 1601 by the great Mughal emperor Akbar. To celebrate his victory over Gujarat, Akbar constructed the Buland Darwaza.

An inscription on the Buland Darwaza’s central face reveals Akbar’s religious tolerance and open-mindedness.Fatehpur Sikri’s Jami’ Masjid is the religious complex of Akbar’s walled imperial metropolis.

The Jama Masjid is a 16th-century gathering mosque located at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was India’s largest mosque at the time of its completion, with a congregational mosque structured around a wide courtyard. It is situated on the ridge’s highest and broadest plateau, facing southwest.

It takes approximately 4-5 hours to completely explore Fatehpur Sikri. One can return to Agra and on the way back to Agra, one can visit the famous

 

 

 

Sikandara- The tomb of Akbar in Agra the city of Love

 

SikandaraAkbar’s tomb, Sikandra, is 10 kilometers away from Agra and was started by Akbar himself. It was finished by his son Jahangir. Sikandara was named after Sikander Lodi, an Afghan monarch who built a fort here. The mausoleum of Akbar is made of red sandstone and white marble. What looks to be the tomb at first glance is a copy of the tomb that lies under the catacomb. Four corner minarets, totally faced in white marble for the first time in India, contribute to the work’s delicacy. After exploring Sikandara, one can come back to the place you stay in Agra and call it off for the day.

 

 Day 2:

Start early morning after sunrise for the Heart of the City- Taj Mahal. After the sunrise is the best time to visit the Taj as the weather is amazing and it is not as crowded as it does for the rest of the day. 

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Taj Mahal- most romantic place in Agra the city of love

The Taj Mahal is located in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh, on the right bank of the Yamuna River, amid a large Mughal garden that spans almost 17 hectares. It is listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It was created in remembrance of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal.The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and it was described as “India’s gem of Muslim art and one of the world’s most generally loved masterpieces.”From sunrise to dark, the Taj’s emotions change.

It appears milky white in the delicate morning light, then gleams bright and dazzling in the overhead sunshine, almost like a gem against the impenetrable blue of the horizon, and finally, a moonlight Taj breaks into the night sky, magnificent and simply gorgeous in a feeling that cannot be expressed.

Once you have explored the Taj Mahal, have breakfast at the local shops in Agra which serve delicacies like Kachodi and Jalebis.

After having breakfast, start for the Agra Fort. Avoid going to Agra Fort on a sunny afternoon. Morning is preferably suitable. 

 

Agra Fort

 

The Agra Fort is a medieval fort in the Indian city of Agra. It was the principal palace of the Rajput kings of the Sikarwar dynasty until the Mughals captured it in 1638 when the capital was moved from Agra to Delhi. The fort of Agra was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s around 2.5 kilometers northwest of the Taj Mahal, its better famous sister monument.

The walled city is a better description of the fort.Near the Water Gate, a well-known tunnel connects the fort to the shores of the river. It is said that the royal rooms of the fort were built in such a way that they would remain cool even during the summer. The legend has it that the walls were made hollow and then filled with water from the river so that they would remain cool. 

After visiting the Agra Fort, one can have lunch nearby as it takes around 3-4 hours in Agra Fort. After taking a short beak one can move to the next spot i.e. Itmad-ud-Daula. 

 

Itmad-ud-Daula in Agra the city of love

 

The edifice, which is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, has strong Persian architectural influences and is entirely made of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. According to local legend, this structure was thought by many to be a forerunner to the Taj Mahal. As a result, it is frequently referred to as ‘Baby Taj.’ Chini-ka-Rauza and Mehtab Bagh are nearby, and a fast tour of all three may be completed in a few hours.

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Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh is a char bagh garden compound in Agra that is one of the few remaining Mughal gardens. It’s immediately north of the Taj Mahal. It has lovely views of the Agra Fort and the Yamuna River on the other side.

From the fountain in front of the entry gate, Mehtab Bagh affords a portrait view of the Taj Mahal, synching with the gardens.It is a famous sunset site for photographers and environment lovers alike. The brilliant reflection of the magnificent Taj Mahal in the park’s waterways on moonlight evenings is a sight to see. Mehtabh Bagh is currently a horticultural treat, with hundreds of vibrantly flowering floral plants and medicinal herbs, in addition to the park’s many fruit trees.

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After experiencing the beauty of Taj from Mehtab Garden, one can get back have called it off for the day. 

 

 

Day 3:

Book a cab or take a bus or train early in the morning to Mathura and Vrindavan. Mathura is approximately 56 Kilometers from Agra. 

 

Mathura and Vrindavan near Agra the city of love

 

The dual cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, well-known being the birthplace of Krishna, draw a large number of pilgrims and visitors each year. Because the points of interest are close together, you may visit all of them in a single day.However, if you have the time, go at your own pace. Seva Kunj and Nidhuban, Shahji Temple, Govardhan Hill, and Banke Bihari Temple are the top locations to visit in Vrindavan. Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir, Kusum Sarovar, Prem Mandir, Jama Masjid, and Dwarkadhish Temple are some of the must-see attractions in Mathura.

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When you’re at Mathura, photograph the splendor of floating diyas sparkling the Yamuna River. Also go for a dipping in the Kusum Sarovar, where Radha Krishna is said to have met. If you’re interested in learning more about the past and history, you may visit the Mathura Government Museum.

One may take a train from Mathura back to their destination as Mathura is also well connected through trains and roads.

Thus, Agra is just not about the Taj Mahal. It is much beyond that! 

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