North India has one masterpiece tourist attraction spot and that is Taj Mahal; people yearn to catch a glimpse of this architectural marvel at least once in their lifetime. This monument of charm and symbolic love is located at Agra. Very close to Lucknow and Gwalior, Agra is a beautiful city on the banks of River Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. Agra tours are blended with natural beauty andmanmade wonders. Usually, travellers prefer making a trip including Delhi and Agra together, but Agra itself is a mesmerising city with too many tourist locations that cannot be covered in a couple of days. If you are an ardent traveller, exploring Agra would surely take around 5 days. One of the most popular Agra tourist packages are a significant part of Golden Triangle tour along with Delhi and Jaipur. Here are some of best sites in Agra that you should explore -
1. Taj Mahal – This mausoleum is iconic to the city of Agra and built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. The backdrop is a crystal clear reflecting pool and the imposing building has a massive dome intricately carved and a courtyard with 4 minarets. The marble inlaid with precious stones sets this apart from almost all Indian attractions. It is declared the World Heritage Site in the year 1983 and definitely a feast to your eyes and senses if you can be at the spot on the night of full moon day.
2. Agra Fort – While your Agra tour; make sure you visit this 16th century monument that shows off the architectural brilliance of Mughals. The powerful fortress comprises of many palaces – Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace and so on. Two mosques and audience halls symbolically indicates the Mughal’s grandeur.
4. Itmad-Ud-Daulah – This is the first Indian tomb made of solely marble, and stated the beginning of new era in Mughal architecture. Until the construction of this monument, all Mughat structures were built with red sandstone. This 21-meter high tomb stands in memory of Mirza Ghiyas, father-in-law of Jahangir, who was honoured with the title Itmad-Ud-Daula, meaning pillar of the state.
5. Wildlife SOS– Most of the Agra tourists are being encouraged to visit this place as this is a voluntary organization dedicated to the welfare of animals in India. The authorities reveal their ongoing projects to preserve wild life and are surely an inspiring experience.
You can make your Agra trip more pleasurable by trusting the professional agencies; one of the best names are Go Delhi, who arrange wonderful tours to help you see and know about the place in details. Other attractions in Agra to be covered are Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandra, Paliwal Park, Mankameshwar Temple, Jamā Masjid, Indrabhan Girls’ Inter College, Gurudwara Guru ka Taal, Mariam’s Tomb, Ram Bagh, Chini Ka Rauza, Mehtab Bagh, and so on.