Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra was the second place we visited during our Golden Triangle tour (a circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur). I would lie if I said we did not come here for the same reason everyone else does: to see the Taj Mahal, because no trip to India would be completed without it. But the Taj is not a stand-alone attraction. Mughals, who ruled India for over 200 years, have created some of the finest architectures and quite a few of then can be seen right here in Agra.
I already mentioned Agra Fort in my previous post. It’s definitely the one to see as almost all the great Mughals have governed the their empire from here. Beyond its walls are palaces, both in red sandstone and white marble, all added by the Emperor’s Akbar grandson, Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal).
Akbar’s Mausoleum (Sikandra)
The tomb of The Great Emperor of the Mughal Dynasty is a beautiful double storey tomb built in Iranian style. It is seated in the heart of a vast garden that host many different kinds of animals, including antelopes. If you’re schedule isn’t to busy, I really recommend the visit.
Fatehpur Sikri located outside the main city of Agra (about an hour drive), but I still decided to include it in this post. The ”pleasure” palace which the Emperor primarily used for relaxation and entertainment purpose since it is located close to Lady’s House or Harem is now a home to hundreds of squirrels and green parakeets.
I saved the best for last. For me seeing Taj Mahal was the highlight of our trip and it lived up to every single expectation. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful buildings in India if not one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. When trying to think of a poetic way to describe it, the only thing that pops into my head is that the mausoleum looks like it’s floating above the ground and sits somewhere high on the clouds. This symbol of eternal love was built in the 17th Century by Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. Visiting hours of Taj Mahal are sunrise to sunset & it remains closed on Friday. But no matter when you decide to go, there is no way you’ll be able to avoid a huge crowd. However, if you have the flexibility around the dates, do visit Taj Mahal in the night during Full Moon days, they say it’s supposed to look even more mesmerizing, but be sure to book a tour in advance.