India is like a treasure box of culture and history and Agra is one of its most important jewels. Agra holds an important place in the history of India. It is the home of many historical architectures and modern wonders. Every famous site of Agra has a history of its own. And both the locals and tour guides love to talk about it. Now, to satisfy your wanderlust, we have put together a list of six best places to visit in Agra. This will help you to truly experience the real beauty of Agar. Now, without wasting your precious traveling time, let’s have a look at them.
The Symbol of love, Taj Mahal
Tourists from around the world may not have heard of Agar but, if they are visiting India then the first thing comes in their mind is the Taj Mahal. It is an icon of love and a perfect example of knowledge of the Persian and Mughal architectures. The Tai Mahal was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beautiful and beloved wife, Mumtaz.
In the current situation, The Taj Mahal is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. And approximately eight million tourists visit it each year. The viewing time of the Taj Mahal starts from sunrise and ends at sunset, except Fridays. However, if you want to enjoy its beauty at night time then you are only allowed to do it on the full moon night and two days before and after.
The Agar Fort
While roaming in Agar you will realize that it hosts one of the finest Mughal forts in India, the Agra Fort. This Mughal fort was primarily built as a military structure but later on, it was transformed into a palace by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. While visiting this red sandstone and marble monument, you will experience some of the most iconic structures of Mugal history. The Diwan-e-aam (Hall of the general audience), Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of private audiences) and Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace) are some examples of those iconic structures.
The Mehtab Bagh
The Mehtab Bagh is a char-bagh (four garden) complex that has been built at the opposite magnificent Taj Mahal. It is considered to be the ultimate Taj Mahal viewing point. Like the Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh is also open at sunrise and get closed at sunset. Many pro photographers consider it as heaven because from The Mehtab Bagh they can take some unique photographs of the Taj Mahal.
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ( Baby Taj )
Most of the Mughal architectures were built using the red sandstone. But the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah changed it. It was one of the first Mughal structures which use marble instead of red sandstone. Apart from that, the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah has been constructed with the same elaborate carvings and pietra dura (cut-out stonework) inlay techniques which were later used in Taj Mahal. That’s why some historians also refer to it as the Baby Taj.
The Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is surrounded by beautiful garden-like structures. You can relax there while experiencing the beauty of the old Mulgal era which has a rich history of culture and art.
In Agar, there is a spot that still holds the same vibes as it does in the old Mughal era and the name of that spot is the Kinari Bazar. This famous market is located in the narrow streets behind Jama Masjid. The Kinari Bazar possesses different types of colorful little shops. Some of these shops are new and filled with modern items. However, in that market, there are some shops that were started in the Mughal era and still continue to exist in this modern time period.
The Kinari Bazar is also one of those places where you will get the finest jewelry in Agra, as well as other fashion accessories like fabric, clothing, shoes, authentic snack stalls, etc. Apart from those things, you will also found Agra’s famous marble-work there. It is a perfect location for shopping, bargaining, and experiencing the rush of Agra.
Taj Natural Walk
After experiencing the rush of Kinari Bazar, if you want to enjoy a relaxing side of the Agra then the Taj Natural Walk is the best option for you. This park is situated just 500 meters away from the eastern side gate of Taj mahal. This is one of those places in Agra where you can walk around and enjoy some quiet time. In addition to, quite and clam vibes the Taj Natural Walk also provides various viewing angles of Taj. Especially, four main locations where you can see the glorious Taj Mahal in the background.
At the End of the Journey
Apart from the given places, there are still a lot of locations and things that you can discover in Agar. But I will leave that on your hurt of exploration. However, I will suggest you, try some local cuisines of Agar, like Petha, Paratha, Mughlai, Bhalla, and Dalmoth at least once. I am sure, these dishes will leave a mark on your.