Thursday, 26 July 2012

Agra

Agra
Agra, one of the most popular cities in Uttar Pradesh stands on the banks of River Yamuna. The city was founded by Sikander Lodhi of the Lodhi Dynasty in the year 1504 AD and is famous for its rich cultural history. There is perhaps no other place in India which has evoked such and awareness and admiration of the tourists. This city in India has some of the most wonderful attractions in India. The city is easily accessible by roads, air and roadways and has a wide range of accommodations to cater the lodging and dining needs of the tourists. We at Touristplacesinindia.com provide you with complete information on all that you want to known about Agra. 

Some of the architectural excellence of the city include the: 

Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal at Agra is the Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan. The monument completed in 1523 AD is made of pure white marble and has recently been declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the year 1983, this monument came among the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is said that this monument is the outcome of one of the four promises made by Shah Jehan to his wife while she lay dying. It is regarded as a “dream in marble” and it is said that it took 22 years to complete this monument which still stands on the banks of River Yamuna. 

Fatehpur Sikri: The Fatehpur Sikri, which shows the architectural legacy of the Mughal Period, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It was a full fledged city and remained the capital of Akbar until it was shifted to Delhi. Fatehpur Sikri has some of the most wonderful monuments like Naubat Khana, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Raja Birbal’s House, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid and the tomb of Seikh Salim Chisti. Bulland Darwaza forms the main gateway of Fathepur Sikri and was built by Akbar in 1601 AD to commemorate the victory of Gujarat. It is a UNESCO World Heritage sight and is also a wonderful destination for the tourists. 

Agra Fort: Agra fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage Sight and is one of Agra’s dominant structures. Although Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of Agra Fort in 1565 AD, most of the monuments were built by his grandson Shah Jehan. It is a red sandstone Fort inlaid with white marble and has some important buildings like Jehangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam and Musamman Burj. 

Other important attractions of the city include the Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, Chini Ka Rauza, the oldest Mughal Garden Aram Bagh, Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, and the Mehtab Bagh. 

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