6 Iconic And Historic Places To Visit In Agra
By: Kratika Thu, 16 Sept 2021 5:46:10
Agra is studded with one of the 7 wonders of the world, the iconic Taj Mahal which is an epitome of beauty and eternal love. Nothing can beat the charm of this supremely gorgeous monument that speaks volumes of the plush Mughal kingdom, however, the bustling city of Agra offers so much more. Apart from visiting the quintessential Taj Mahal, there are many other exciting things to do in Agra which can make your trip even more memorable. Take a dekko!
# Agra Fort
Another gem constructed during the reign of prominent Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Agra Fort is rightly named as the jewel of Agra. This 16th-century Mughal monument is also known as Lal Qila or Qila-i-Akbari. Basking in the glory of the bygone era, this beautiful monument was once the residence of Mughal emperors until the year 1638. One can witness impressive structures like the Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Machchhi Bhawan, and Moti Masjid in the fortified walls of Agra Fort. Also declared as the UNESCO World Heritage site, this breathtaking monument made of red sandstone is one of the major attractions of Agra that stands just after the Taj Mahal.
# Fatehpur Sikri
Another heritage site of Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Fatehpur Sikri is named as the “city of victory”. Constructed between 1571 and 1573, this city made of sandstone buildings, mosques and courts was built during the reign of Emperor Akbar and was the first planned city of the Mughals. The Sandstone City is a must-see attraction as it houses some of the iconic monuments such as Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, Jodha Bai Palace, Hakim Hammam, Panch Mahal, Birbal’s abode, treasury house, and a lot more. Several repairs and conservation programs have been carried out to preserve the rich heritage of Fatehpur Sikri so that tourists can savor the beauty of this amazing place in Agra.
# Itimad-Ud-Daulah Tomb
The beautiful marble tomb built in remembrance of Mirza Ghias Beg, later named as Itimad-Ud-Daulah is a mini version of the Taj Mahal. It is the first tomb in India that was built in the shape of a jewelry box made of marble. One of the spectacular architectural wonders of the city of Agra, the mausoleum of Empress Nur Jahan’s father was commissioned by her. Adorned with elaborate carvings, exquisite marble screen work, and intricate inlay work; this timeless beauty represents the typical Islamic patterns that were popular in the 16th Century. The tomb, located on the pristine banks of the Yamuna River is believed to be an inspiration behind the construction of the Taj Mahal.
# Jahangir Mahal
One of the first buildings to greet as you enter the famous Agra Fort, Jahangir Mahal which is the largest monument in Agra Fort was built by Akbar for his son Jahangir in the 16th Century. Though it was a private residence of Jahangir it was used as Harem, the private palace for Akbar’s Rajput wives. Arched niches studded with precious stones, beautiful balcony windows, intricately carved pillars, stone brackets, paintings are some of the attractions of Jahangir Mahal. Intricately designed, Hindu-Islamic motifs on the walls of the palace captivates the attention of tourists making it one of the most visited places in Agra.
# Jama Masjid
Dedicated to Jahanara Begum (daughter of Shah Jahan), Jama Masjid in Agra is a personification of beauty in terms of perfection in art and design. Built by Shah Jahan in 1648 AD, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India and the most visited tourist attraction in Agra. Composing a large courtyard and prayer chambers on the western side, the beauty of this religious and heritage site is enhanced with the fountain in the center with four kiosks at its sides. Entry to the Masjid is free for Indian as well as foreign tourists. All that is required is faith and devotion to enjoying the tranquil vibes of the mosque.
# Iconic Bazaars Of Agra
Exploring the bazaars of Agra is one of the best things to do in Agra. Replete with rich heritage sites, Agra houses some of the oldest and unique crafts of India which are sold in the bazaars of the city. One of the largest markets for embroidery, textiles, and shoes, there is a lot to shop in the markets of Agra. Some of the famous bazaars of Agra are Sadar Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Hing Ki Mandi, and Munro Road where you can buy jewelry, trinkets, and souvenirs from the wide range. The iconic bazaars of Agra brim with silk products, leather goods, marble decoratives, Taj Mahal miniatures, jewelry, shoes, fabrics, etc. Make sure to wear your bargain hat to get everything at a reasonable price. Not every shop in Agra has credit card facilities, so make sure you have enough cash if you are on a shopping spree.