The pride of India and the renowned epitome of eternal love, Taj Mahal is often associated with the identity of its home city, Agra but the illustrious city of India has a lot more to offer besides the symbol of love that can be well explored while Golden triangle tour to India. Explore some of the best architectural heritage of the city beside Taj Mahal and scrumptious cuisine under Golden triangle tour packages.
Built by Emperor Akbar, the marvel is nestled close to Taj Mahal. Agra Fort, a famed UNESCO world heritage site is built of red sandstone and exhibits the best of Mughal architecture. The royal Mughal architectural heritage houses some of the exceptional structures that deserves a special mention
The octagonal tower was commissioned as a palace for Queen Mumtaz Mahal by her husband Shah Jahan. Also, the structure is quite famous as Shah Jahan along with his daughter were imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb here. The tower offers some exotic vistas of the Taj.
The glass palace, which is embellished with tiny mirror-like glass mosaic and was the dressing room of the royals.
The site once housed the peacock throne and was the place to hold the meetings of general public and aristocracy.
A site of private audiences which was used to welcome the emperors and dignitaries.
A private palace built for Roshanara and Jahanara, daughters of the Shah Jahan where the ceilings are adorned with heavily decorations and surrounding walls with alcoves along with gold work, mural paintings and floral designs that add a charm to the interior of the palace and entices every beholder.
A private Garden for relaxation used by the ladies of the royal family which is divided into several subdivisions with elaborated geometric patterns. The garden is bounded by the Khaas Mahal on one side and red stones on three other sides.
Built to be used by the royal family, the tiny mosque is closed to the public and exhibits the simple yet elegant architectural brilliance of the era.
The Jama Masjid of Agra is perhaps the largest mosque in India which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his daughter, Jahanara Begum. The walls of the Jama Masjid are embellished with the calligraphic inscriptions and several colored tiles that are totally spectacular for every visitor. The mosque is nestled on a high podium and can be approached by stairs. The entrance to this religious wonder is approached through a massive gate named as Buland Darwaza which is one of the highest gateways in the world and was commissioned by Emperor Akbar to celebrate his triumph in the Khandesh military campaign.the interiors of the iwan of the Jama Masjid is adorned with iconic watercolor paintings beautifully depicting the stylized designs. Some of the designs of the mosque exhibit the beauty of Iranian Architecture and is a famed pilgrimage site visited by many devotees.
fatehpur Sikri, Agra tour
A hub of some of the finest Mughal architecture, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO world heritage site. This site not only narrates the beauty of Mughal architecture but also states the accurate portrayal of the administrative system along with the social structure of bygone era. It was one of the earliest planned cities of the world and is built primarily of red sandstone. From the important buildings to the layout of the city, everything of this abandoned capital of Mughals exhibits the architectural brilliance. Main attractions of the city are the Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Pachisi Court and more.
Food in Agra
The city of Agra not only delights the art lovers and history buffs with its exquisite architectural prowess but is a total treat for all the food lovers. The tangy flavors of Indian cuisine are quite popular and complementing it with the sweet flavor is the Agra’s Bedai and Jalebi, a notable duet of sweet and spicy flavor. The scrumptious chaat of Agra that includes Dahi Bhalla and more will be a gourmet treat for all the fond lovers of street food of India.Apart from being thankful to Mughal to commission the architectural masterpieces in India, Agra is also grateful for leaving their imprints as Mughlai delicacies which is a must try while Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour. Petha, The USP of Agra will mesmerize every visitor with its sweet delectable flavors and is a must-buy-edible-souvenir of the same day Agra Tour.
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