“TAJ MAHAL.” As soon as we hear the name, the first thing that comes to our mind is Agra. We all want to visit the place, because of course; it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But, what we must not forget is that Agra is a repository of the ancient Mughal Empire. Multiple monuments could be seen laid in line when we talk about visiting Agra. The city situated on the river Yamuna personifies the great history of the bond between the Mughal and the Indian civilization.
You like history; you like culture, you want tradition, then a day’s trip to Agra can seem like entering the 16th century Mughal Empire itself. The outstation trip can do wonders refreshing your mind with its grandeur over a short weekend.
A seventeenth-century Mughal mausoleum commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The marble mausoleum is popularly known for its minarets, a mosque, and symmetrical gardens.
DID YOU KNOW- The mystery surrounding Mumtaz Mahal's burial at the Taj Mahal has deepened with a book claiming that her body was mummified. It is also said that there is a particular point in the mahal from where you can have a conversation with another person at another end of the room.
Baby Taj (Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah)
Popularly known as the jewel box of Agra, because of being inlaid with semi-precious jewels, it is a Mughal mausoleum. With the multiple outbuildings and gardens, it looks like a little Taj Mahal, with its widely intricate carvings from top to bottom.
DID YOU KNOW- Both the cenotaphs honoring Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are empty. Keep in mind they are there just for the show. The original lay below at the garden level in an underground room.
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Evident by its name, it is Emperor Akbar’s mausoleum. This is a must visit the monument, with its lush gardens also known as a Mughal architectural masterpiece, situated in the extravagant 11793826 acres of grounds.
DID YOU KNOW- The tomb you see in the mausoleum chamber is a replica tomb, the original one is hidden underground which has access to the family members only.
It is a historical fort in the city of Agra, also, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort has been the residence of the Mughal Dynasty’s emperors till the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. It is also called Red Fort for functioning as a fortification monument, for the city, decorated richly with the red brick semi-circular architectural backdrop.
DID YOU KNOW- Even today you can see the Taj Mahal from Mussaman Burj as Shah Jahan watched it centuries ago.
You can also see the Taj Mahal through the slits in the wall of Jodha Bai’s palace in the Agra Fort. Try it if you can! A must do challenge stands your way.
It will take a little in between travel time, but if you want to visit Agra and want to take a glimpse into the great history, then these are the must visit list. If you are spending a whole weekend, then you can take time and see intricately what Agra has to offer. I would suggest you to bring a taxi so that you do not have to bother about travelling the distance.