Agra is a beautiful city, which is famous for one of the wonders of the world - Taj Mahal. Sprinkled with marble structures, architectural grandeur and elegant historical monuments, Agra is one of the prime tourist attractions. From tombs, shrines, monuments to sprawling landscaped gardens, a tour of Agra is a must for both foreign as well as domestic tourists. The major tourist attractions like Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Agra Fort are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To make your travel easier in this city, Splendid Vacations is offering this Agra Tour and Travel Guide.
Taj Mahal It is the quintessence of Mughal art and considered as one of the most famous architectural buildings in the whole world. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. This wonderful monument gives a great view at the start of the dawn when the first sun-rays touch the dome this grand tombstone. It looks like a heavenly domicile scattering brightness, which leaves the tourists enthralled by its sense of magnificence.
Agra Fort It is situated on the bank of river Yamuna and was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar which began in the year 1565. This monument encompasses the impressive Mughal style of art and architecture. This powerful fortress is made up of red sandstone and comprises of vast number of richly decorated buildings like Diwan-i-Khas, Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace and many others. Agra Fort is a great symbol of resilience, strength and power, as it stands tall in full glory.
Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb (Baby Taj) It is a highly distinguished Mughal mausoleum, also called as "Baby Taj" and "Jewel Box". It has a large number of gardens and outbuildings that represent the transition period of Mughal architecture based on red sandstone and marble decorations. This great monument was constructed between 1622 and 1628 by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. It is designed in a big cruciform garden criss-crossed by water courses and various walkways. The walls in the mausoleum are made up of white marble and contain various precious stone decorations made with topaz, jasper, onyx, cornelian and many others.