Agra sees as many as eight million tourists annually to visit India’s most popular monument Taj Mahal. It was the capital city of the Mughals in the 15th century for over a period of hundred years from 1556 to 1658. Therefore the Mughal influence can be seen in every corner of the city. However, there is more to see in Agra then just the mausoleum Taj Mahal. There are many other architectural wonders to see and delicacies to savor. Each monument has a different story to tell. Same day Agra Tour is the most convenient way to explore the city.
- The white marble wonder- Taj Mahal
The epitome of love, the monument is a masterpiece in itself. It is awe-inspiring beautiful and mystical. It is a perfect blend of Persian and Mughal architecture. Taj Mahal overlooks the banks of River Yamuna. Sunrise Taj Mahal tour is the most famous, though you can visit it all throughout the day. Moon light visits are also quiet famous. The gardens and the pond provide a scenic beauty perfect for same day Agra tour by car to Taj Mahal.
2. The red sandstone palace- Agra fort
The fort served a residence for the Mughals and housed their three generations: Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir. It is built entirely of red sandstone and is surrounded by huge walls. The stories of grandeur and valour emanates from every corner of the fort. It has iconic structures like Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace), Diwan-e-aam (Hall of general audience) and Diwan-e-khaas (Hall of private audience).
3. The plush gardens- Mehtab Bagh and Ram Bagh
Mughals were most famous for their elegant floral arrangements and intricately designed gardens. Constructed right opposite of the Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh is the viewing point of the Taj from afar. Also Ram Bagh, earlier known as Aram Bagh was one of the first gardens contructed by the Mughals. Taking a stroll in these well constructed gardens can lighten your mood and calm your minds. Being surrounded by River Yamuna, the water provides a relief even on hotter days.
4. A mini city and pilgrimage inside a fortress – Fatehpur Sikri
House to one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri is the third site included in the UNESCO world heritage sites. It was constructed by Emperor Akbar, but was later abandoned due to the scarcity of water. Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, and Birbal Bhavan are some of the other attractions in Fatehpur Sikri.
5. The baby Taj Mahal- Itimad-ud-Daulah
Visit the famous baby Taj which is believed to be the draft for the original Taj. It is Shah Jahan’s minister, Mir Ghiyas Beg’s tomb. It has been constructed with the same elaborate carvings with Pietra Dura inlay technique.
6. Akbar’s Tomb – Sikandra
It is Akbar’s mausoleum and resembles Taj Mahal constructed completely of red sandstone and marble. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
7. A treat for food connoisseurs – Petha, Chaat
Apart from Mughlai delicacies, Agra is also famous for its mouth watering spicy Chaat in Sadar Bazaar’s Chaat Gali. You can savour dishes like bhalla, kachori, samosa, and ever favourite gol gappas. Calm your taste buds after a spicy treat in one of the sweet shops and Agra’s most famous dessert, Petha, a sweet which will make you drool every time you hear its name.
8. Shoe market
Agra is one of the biggest shoe exporters in India and so don’t forget to invest in one of these leather products as they are highly affordable.
9. Taj Mahotsav
If you happen to visit Agra in the month of February, then don’t forget to visit Taj Mahotsav in Shilpgram. It exhibits artistic goods from across the country, promoting all handmade and antique stuff.
10. Take back souvenirs from one of the many Emporiums
What better way to remember your memorable visit to Agra than by taking a souvenir with you in the form of marble inlay miniature handcrafted decorative pieces or hand embroidered carpets.